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  • N.H. primary poll puts non-candidate Romney first

    11/21/2015 10:28:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | November 21, 2015 | James Pindell
    For Republicans fearful of Donald Trump becoming their party’s presidential nominee, a new Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll of likely New Hampshire Republican primary voters offers a three-word solution: Willard Mitt Romney. If the former Massachusetts governor were added to the mix of the 14 other Republican candidates running in the Feb. 9 first-in-the-nation presidential primary, New Hampshire voters would, if the election were held now, give him a 2-to-1 win over Trump, the leader of the field. Romney, who said as recently as last week that he is not interested in running, did not file for the New Hampshire primary...
  • Predicting which party will win the White House: follow the numbers

    11/14/2015 8:33:50 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 11/15/2015 | By Eric Fehrnstrom
    It's hard to keep up with the twists and turns in this presidential race. Hillary Clinton under fire on Benghazi! Ben Carson has a theory about the pyramids! Bernie Sanders wrote about rape fantasies! Donald Trump . . . well, Donald Trump! Figuring out which headline will have the biggest impact on the general election is a bit of a parlor game. But what if they have no impact at all? After the 2012 election, political scientists John Sides and Lynn Vavreck wrote a book called"The Gamble"that looked at the cause of President Obama's victory over Mitt Romney. They sifted...
  • Are Republicans Drafting Mitt Romney? 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

    11/12/2015 10:52:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Heavy ^ | November 13, 2015 | Stephanie Dube Dwilson
    Rumors are starting to fly that Republican elites are considering adding Mitt Romney to the Republican primary in a last-minute attempt to destabilize the popularity of non-traditional candidates Donald Trump and Ben Carson, The Washington Post reported. But this seems to be mostly rumor and speculation from his friends, since Romney himself has said he won’t run again and no one has gone on record yet with specific plans to draft him. What’s really going on? Here’s what you need to know....
  • Romney Strategist At Clinton School: Trump To Drop Out Before Iowa

    10/27/2015 10:35:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    KUAR-FM National Public Radio ^ | October 27, 2015 | Steve Brawner
    Donald Trump will lose his zest for campaigning as it gets harder and drop out before Iowa, and Republicans eventually will nominate a presidential candidate who has previously held elective office, a senior strategist for Mitt Romneys 2012 presidential campaign said Monday. Speaking at the Clinton School of Public Service, Stuart Stevens said that running for president is the least enjoyable experience that adults voluntarily enter into. In August, he wrote in The Daily Beast that Trump wouldnt even run in order to avoid being tagged a loser, and he still believes that will happen once running for president stops...
  • What? Romney Decries Rise of Conservative Media, End of Liberal Media Dominance

    10/25/2015 10:02:40 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 83 replies ^ | October 24, 2015 | Jeffrey Lord
    Why isnt Mitt Romney president? Because he thinks like this. Over at Breitbart was this headline: MITT ROMNEY: DEMISE OF LEGACY MEDIA EMPOWERING CONSERVATIVE INSURGENTS, PREVENTING MORE COLLABORATIVE ACTION The story reads, in part, like this: Failed GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney lamented that the demise of traditional media is empowering Republican insurgents and preventing establishment Republicans from compromising more with Democrats. As the Republican establishment is trying convince Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) to run for House Speaker, Romney told David Axelrod on a recent The Axe Files podcast that the extremes within our respective parties are having a louder...
  • Romney on Ryan as Speaker: Id Hate to Lose Him as a Potential Presidential Contender

    10/18/2015 4:58:17 PM PDT · by lqcincinnatus · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 18 Oct 2015 | Jeff Poor
    Sunday on CNNs State of the Union, former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA), the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, sounded off on the possibility of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). Romneys 2012 running mate, as the next Speaker of the House. Romney told show host Jake Tapper Ryan as Speaker of the House would lessen the possibility he could make a future run for president. We need Paul in two spots at once, Romney said. You know, there havent been a lot of people that have gone on from speaker to the White House, so Id hate to lose him as a potential...
  • Romney endorses Ryan to run for speaker

    10/10/2015 2:09:53 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 31 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | October 10, 2015 | Chris Cassidy and Matt Stout
    Under mounting pressure, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan emerged as the reluctant would-be savior of the fractious Republican House caucus yesterday, even being urged by 2012 GOP ticket-mate Mitt Romney to run for speaker. I wouldnt presume to tell Paul what to do, but I do know that he is a man of ideas who is driven to see them applied for the public good, Romney said in a statement yesterday. Every politician tries to convince people that they are that kind of leader; almost none are Paul is. Romneys glowing endorsement of his former running mate came after the...
  • Romney ticks off viable GOP candidates; excludes Trump, doesnt mention Carson

    09/30/2015 11:06:08 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 71 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 9/30/15 | Stephen Dinan
    Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney listed a half-dozen Republican candidates he said could qualify as mainstream conservatives his party could live with in a general election and said he didnt think Donald J. Trump was one of those. Mr. Romney, a two-time candidate who was the partys standard-bearer in 2012, ticked off New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and businesswoman Carly Fiorina as viable options. -snip- Mr. Romney did not mention retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who along with Mr....
  • Mitt Romney, your party needs you!

    09/11/2015 9:38:17 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 163 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | Sept 11 2015 | Michael Cohen
    THERE IS one man who can save the Republican Party, and his name is Mitt Romney. Seriously. Seven years after Romney crashed and burned in the 2008 Republican primary and three years after he beat a weak GOP presidential field before losing to President Obama, he is still the partys best hope of winning back the White House.
  • Romney Is Horrified by Trump and Thats Restarting Mitt 2016 Talk

    09/02/2015 7:26:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 118 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 09/02/2015 | Gabriel Sherman
    As Donald Trump continues to dominate the Republican presidential race, frustration and panic have become high enough to make some inside the party Establishment pine for a candidate they roundly rejected as recently as January: Mitt Romney. Romney himself has become one of Trumps most vocal detractors inside the party. Hes someone to whom civility means a lot. The whole Trump thing really bothers him, a close Romney adviser told me and some Romney-ites are only too happy to talk up the prospect of their man jumping into the race if the Establishment fails to stop Trump, whose support...
  • Former Trump advisor: Romney thinking about getting in

    08/23/2015 3:02:51 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 122 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/23/2015 | Curt Mills
    Colorful former Trump advisor Roger Stone thinks 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney is thinking about getting back in the presidential race. Stone tweeted his suspicion, and told CNN he had heard that Romney was considering a run from his sources. The move could indicate Romney sees an opportunity to better confront and challenge front-runner Donald Trump. Some see current establishment standard bearer former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as flailing. Trump has mocked Bush for being "just flat" on the campaign trail and Sunday called him a "low energy" candidate. Romney publicly considered a third run as recently as January, but...
  • Romney and Self-Deportation

    08/22/2015 7:34:23 AM PDT · by BobL · 37 replies
    (self) | Aug 22, 2015 | (self)
    I have a question for you FReepers. In a Primary debate in late January, 2012, Romney tried to get to the right on illegal immigration by proposing that we make conditions so difficult for the illegals that they pack it up and go home on their own (i.e., self-deportation), rather than rounding them up and deporting them. A Google search finds many columns on this topic, but only immediately after that debate. Then Obama brought it up in an October debate, just before the election and blasted Romney on it. After the election, the Republican 'advisers' (most of them...
  • Mitt Romney slams Ted Cruz on Iran rhetoric (Milt "Emerging party elder")

    07/30/2015 3:26:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | July 30, 2015 | Jeremy Diamond
    Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Thursday that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's rhetoric on Iran "hurts the cause." "I am opposed to the Iran deal, but @SenTedCruz is way over the line on the Obama terrorism charge. Hurts the cause," Romney, acting in his emerging role as party elder, tweeted Thursday. Mitt Romney ✔ ‎@MittRomney I am opposed to the Iran deal, but @SenTedCruz is way over the line on the Obama terrorism charge. Hurts the cause. 6:40 AM - 30 Jul 2015 Cruz, a 2016 GOP presidential candidate, said Monday that President Barack Obama's administration will become "the...
  • Mitt Romney Attacks Ted Cruz for Calling Obama Leading Financier of Terrorism over Iran Deal

    07/30/2015 6:20:18 AM PDT · by Amntn · 102 replies
    The GatewayPundit ^ | 7/30/15 | Kristinn Taylor
    Failed Republican 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney took to Twitter early Thursday to attack Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who is running for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, for his comments accusing President Barack Obama of becoming the leading financier of terrorism with his nuclear deal with Iran.
  • The Romney half-century?

    07/07/2015 6:17:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 6, 2015 | Bernie Quigley, contributor
    Not a very good Fourth for The Donald. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham (R), a candidate for president in 2016, stated it plainly: "He's running to be president of all of us. It takes a level of maturity and thoughtfulness and demeanor that's not being exhibited here." But this episode might be seen in hindsight as a definitive and serendipitous moment in the American chronicles. Because Donald Trump angered former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. And Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee, has become a commanding voice of moral leadership in the Republican Party. "I think he made a severe error in...
  • Exclusive-Ann Coulter: Mitt Romney Shouldn't Attack Trump (Shorten)

    07/06/2015 4:28:20 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 25 replies ^ | July 6, 2015 | Mathew Boyle
    Now 11-time New York Times bestselling Ann Coulter is calling out former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for attacking Donald Trump over immigration. She even flipped Romneys criticism back in Romneys face. Appearing on Sirius XM Patriots The Mike Church Show while this reporter guest hosted on Monday morning, Coulter called all the establishment Republicans in the 2016 field a bunch of pussies.
  • Romney: Trump's immigration comments hurting GOP

    07/04/2015 10:22:15 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 193 replies
    KCCI ^ | 07.04.2015
    WOLFEBORO, New Hampshire (CNN) Mitt Romney said Saturday that Donald Trump's comments on Mexico and undocumented immigrants have hurt the Republican Party, making the 2012 presidential nominee the latest Republican to slam the billionaire over his controversial remarks.
  • Mitt Romney gives a brutal PowerPoint critique of Obamas foreign policy

    06/13/2015 9:40:22 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 101 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/12/15 | Philip Rucker and Robert Costa
    Ever since Mitt Romneys loss to President Obama in 2012, it has become a mantra in the Republican Party that on foreign policy especially, Romney was right. In a stuffy mountain lodge here Friday night, Romney joined the chorus. Dusting off a page from his management consulting playbook, the former Republican nominee delivered a speech by PowerPoint to more than 200 corporate CEOs and other attendees of his annual ideas festival about what he deemed (and titled his slides): The Most Consequential Obama Foreign Policy Mistakes.
  • Romneys Consideration of Candidacy Is Closely Tied to His Faith, Allies Say

    01/26/2015 4:01:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 25, 2015 | Ashley Parker and Alex Thompson
    prominent Republican delivered a direct request to Mitt Romney not long ago: He should make a third run for the presidency, not for vanity or redemption, but to answer a higher calling from his faith. Believing that Mr. Romney, a former Mormon pastor, would be most receptive on these grounds, the Republican made the case that Mr. Romney had a duty to serve, and said Mr. Romney seemed to take his appeal under consideration. Three years ago, Mr. Romneys tortured approach to his religion a strategy of awkward reluctance and studied avoidance that all but walled off a free-flowing...
  • Why it matters that Donald Trump is attacking Mitt Romney (+video)

    01/25/2015 5:29:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor's DC Decoder ^ | January 25, 2015 | Mark Sappenfield
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)With all due respect, the Republican Party could probably do with a lot less of what was heard at the Iowa Freedom Summit Saturday. On one hand, that might seem strange, considering that the Iowa Freedom Summit was all about getting America back to its "core principles of pro-growth economics, social conservatism, and a strong national defense," according to the event website. What could be more Republican than that? Combine that with the fact that a number of potential Republican presidential candidates appeared to see the event as the unofficial kickoff for the 2016 campaign, and it seemed a snapshot...
  • Sarah Palin on Potential Romney 16 Run: We Need New Blood ... (Hello Sarah, this means you)

    01/18/2015 5:04:15 AM PST · by Cringing Negativism Network · 70 replies ^ | by Tony Lee15 Jan 2015 | by Tony Lee
    Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin wants failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney to get off the stage as Romney, the career candidate, seriously considers a third run White House run.
  • Iowa poll: Romney leads nascent Iowa field with 21%, Bush at 14%, Walker 10%

    01/14/2015 5:02:24 AM PST · by C19fan · 34 replies
    Gravos Marketing ^ | January 13, 2015 | Neil W. McCabe
    The 2012 Republican nominee for president holds a leads a broad field of GOP potential contenders in the Townhall/Gravis poll conducted Jan. 5-7 among 404 registered Republican voters queried. Note: the polls were conducted using IVR technology and weighted by historical voting demographics. Former Massachusetts governor W. Mitt Romney has never left the hearts and minds of Republican voters and he will hold the dominant position in the race for the 2016 presidential nomination until the other candidates spin up their own campaigns, said Doug Kaplan, the managing partner of Gravis Marketing, a Florida-based pollster and call center that executed...
  • Conservatives cheer on Romney as establishment field grows (3 major RINOs in the mix)

    01/14/2015 3:26:18 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The York and Clover Enquirer-Herald / The Associated Press ^ | January 14, 2015 | Steve Peoples and Bill Barrow
    SAN DIEGO Mitt Romney's unexpected step into the 2016 presidential contest is drawing enthusiasm from the GOP's most passionate conservatives. But not because they want him to win. For the first time in recent memory, prominent conservatives see a Republican presidential field that could have as much competition among the party's establishment-minded prospects like Romney as its fiery conservatives....
  • Ted Cruz on Mitt Romney: No need for mushy middle'

    01/13/2015 5:52:26 AM PST · by celmak · 34 replies
    Politico ^ | 01/12/15 | Ben Schreckinger
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz took a swipe at Mitt Romney on Monday, saying that Republicans path to the presidency doesnt cut through the mushy middle.
  • Romney moves to reassemble campaign apparatus for 2016

    01/12/2015 1:51:03 PM PST · by C19fan · 62 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 12, 2016 | Robert Costa, Philip Rucker and Karen Tumulty
    Mitt Romney is moving quickly to reassemble his national political network, spending the weekend and Monday calling former aides, donors and other supporters as well as onetime foes such as Newt Gingrich. Romneys message was that he is serious about making a 2016 presidential bid. He told one senior Republican he almost certainly will run in what would be his third campaign for the White House, this person said. His aggressive outreach over the past three days indicates that Romneys declaration of interest to a group of donors in New York Friday was more than the release of a...
  • Romney Formally Expresses Interest In Third Presidential Run, Puts Donors On Hold

    01/11/2015 6:31:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Jewish Political News and Updates ^ | January 10, 2015 | Staff
    Mitt Romney has formally expressed interest in trying his luck for a third time, just weeks after former Florida governor Jeb Bush announced the launch of an exploratory committee to run for president in 2016, The Wall Street Journal first reported Saturday. I want to be president, Romney reportedly told about 30 donors in New York. Everybody in here can go tell your friends that Im considering a run. Romney on Friday also e-mailed his donors with invitations to his fourth annual policy summit in Park City, scheduled for June 11-13. Just a year ago, in an interview with The...
  • Romney tells donors he is considering 2016 campaign

    01/09/2015 2:47:16 PM PST · by Diogenesis · 77 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 9 2015 | Philip Rucker and Robert Costa
    Romney tells donors he is considering 2016 campaign Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, told Republican donors in New York on Friday that he is seriously considering a third presidential campaign in 2016, ... I believe Mitt Romney is too much of a patriot to sit on the sidelines ... Zwick said.... Romneys move, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, comes as former Florida governor Jeb Bush is swiftly snatching up major party donors and operatives as he prepares for an all-but-certain presidential campaign. The former Massachusetts governor held a lengthy meeting on Friday with about 30 major...
  • (Burp) Here comes Mitt!

    12/16/2014 7:46:48 AM PST · by DoodleDawg · 32 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/16/14 | Roger Simon
    Mitt Romney has become the acid reflux candidate: He just keeps coming back up. There has been poll after poll, story after story and now, over the weekend, a Ready for Romney website emerged that may or may not be serious. (I am guessing Masochists for Mitt was already taken.) The Mitt boomlet is driven by three major forces: First, the belief that the potential Republican field for 2016 is so weak even though you can find more than a dozen reasonably serious candidates in it that Mitt will rise head and shoulders above it. Its the Simon...
  • Chris Matthews: "Mark My Words," Mitt Romney Will Beat Jeb Bush And Be GOP Nominee

    12/06/2014 5:31:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    RealClearPolitics Video ^ | December 5, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)CHRIS MATTHEWS, MSNBC: Apparently back then when Romney was thinking of putting [Chris Christie] on the ticket when he was running, when he was running, he discovered there were some problems, alright? Do you think he might use those problems against him next time? DAVID CORN, MOTHER JONES: Well, that opposition book is rather thick. If Romney doesn't use it, somebody else will. MATTHEWS: And therefore -- but I keep thinking Romney is going to be the nominee after all this is over. CORN: No. MATTHEWS: Look, I'm pretty good at this. CORN: No. No... He's not going to run....
  • Romney says there are 'more productive ways' to fight Obama than shutdown (It gets worse...)

    11/16/2014 6:53:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Hill's Briefing Room ^ | November 16, 2014 | Peter Sullivan
    Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, said Sunday that there are "more productive ways" to fight President Obama's immigration executive actions than shutting down the government. Appearing on CBS's "Face the Nation," Romney was asked about the possibility of shutting down the government to fight the actions. "Well, I think there's got to be more productive ways for us to be able to impress on the president the need to work for a permanent solution, as opposed to a temporary stop-gap solution," Romney replied. Obama should allow Congress a chance to pass legislation on immigration, Romney said. "Let those...
  • GOP wins in Mass., N.H. would raise Romney stock

    10/13/2014 5:52:30 PM PDT · by Diogenesis · 70 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | October 13, 2014 | Hillary Chabot
    GOP wins in Mass., N.H. would raise Romney stockFormer Bay State governor Mitt Romneys high-profile campaign stops for Republicans Charlie Baker and Scott Brown this week indicate the exploding popularity of the former presidential nominee and GOP wins in those races could vault him to the top of the 2016 White House sweepstakes. Hes been extremely well-received across the country and hes the only candidate with an instant national network, said Saul Anuziz, former GOP chairman in Michigan. He would definitely be a viable candidate. .... A Brown victory over incumbent U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire, home...
  • Mitt Romney Is Using This Joke To Make Fun Of President Obama

    10/13/2014 9:17:22 AM PDT · by entropy12 · 63 replies
    AP Business Insider ^ | 10/13/2014 | Colin Campbell
    <p>Mitt Romney has a reputation for being somewhat robotic, but in his recent appearances on the campaign trail he seems to have added humor to his arsenal. According to a National Journal report, Romney launched a zinger at President Barack Obama while campaigning for GOP Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst on Sunday.</p>
  • Romney can't lead a more populist GOP

    10/01/2014 6:38:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | October 1, 2014 | Timothy P. Carney, Senior Political Columnist
    Mitt Romney is a great person and a decent politician, but he also embodies the deepest problems in the Republican Party. He shouldn't run for president. Republicans, if they want to control Congress or win the White House, need to become a Party of the People. Romney may be the worst possible man to take the GOP in that direction. Romneys most telling moment in 2012 was when he told a crowd of rich donors that the 47 percent of the country that pay no income tax are unwinnable for Republicans, because they are dependent upon government, and I'll never...
  • Romney on 2016: Weve got a lot of people looking at the race. Well see what happens.

    09/30/2014 7:17:36 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 83 replies
    HotAir ^ | September 30, 2014
    Scouts honor: Not until today, having read the words of the man himself, have I sincerely believed he might run again. The RomneyWatch posts are fun to write but not because Mitt 2016 was a real thing I thought. They were fun because it wasnt a real thing. It was a way to collectively pretend-scare ourselves, like playing with a ouija board. Now, suddenly, I look down and the planchette is moving by itself. And it spells M-I-T-T. A recent column by the conservative pundit Byron York noted that Romney had kept in close contact with many of his...
  • Talk of Romney in 2016 Continues to Grow

    09/30/2014 9:25:10 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 75 replies
    New York Observer ^ | 09/29/14 | Lincoln Mitchell
    In recent days and weeks there has been renewed speculation that Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee for president will again be a candidate in 2016. There has been some talk about this for months, but it has grown louder in recent days. Yesterday, The Washington Post described Mr. Romneys evolving potential candidacy as The road from Im not doing it again to Circumstances can change is paved with favorable polls, 2012 predictions that came true and public statements from supporters. Last week in an article titled Romney 2016 is Real, The Washington Examiner wrote Romney is talking with advisers,...
  • Romney wants Hillary's 'Three F Plan'

    06/25/2014 2:07:05 AM PDT · by kingattax · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 24, 2014 | John LeBoutillier
    Here is the dirty little secret of the GOP donor class, i.e. the rich establishment bundlers who funded the recent presidential campaigns of the Bushes, Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and former Gov. Mitt Romney (Mass.): They are actively trying to recruit Romney to run again in 2016 and Mitt is indeed interested. Their first choice coming out of the 2012 election debacle was Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.), but his candidacy has virtually crashed and burned despite his desperate self-denial. Other than his uber-patron, Ken Langone, the donors have moved on. Many of these professional donors have hopes that...
  • Matt Rhoades, Romney campaigns under-the-radar chief (Flashback)

    11/11/2013 9:58:01 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 3 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 11/20/2011 | Jason Horowitz
    Romney 2012 campaign manager Matt Rhoades keeps such a low profile that he once nearly made his career disappear. -snip- Rhoades is the organizing force behind Romneys safe and smooth campaign. An expert at manipulating the news cycle with a coveted connection to the elusive media power broker Matt Drudge, Rhoades is particularly well suited to run a campaign that Romney himself characterized this weekend as employing a confidentiality of strategy. -snip- He then joined the Bush-Cheney reelection campaign as research director and ran its bruising rapid-response operation with communications director Steve Schmidt, -snip- Griffin, who was leaving the RNC,...
  • Romney leaves Cruz off his list of 2016 GOP stars

    11/03/2013 1:58:06 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 160 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 3, 2013 11:36 AM EST
    Mitt Romney isnt including tea party favorite Ted Cruz among the Republicans most electable potential presidential candidates in 2016. Romney says New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stands out as one of the very strongest lights.
  • Balz book: Romney considered scrapping bid in spring of 2011

    07/02/2013 4:54:45 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 13, 2013 | Sean Sullivan
    Mitt Romney officially announced his candidacy for president in June 2011. But during the spring of that year, Romney considered scrapping his campaign altogether, as detailed in a soon-to-be-released book about the 2012 presidential campaign by The Washington Posts Dan Balz. -SNIP- Romney confirmed after the election that he called his son one morning to tell him he thought he wasnt going to run. I recognized that by virtue of the realities of my circumstances, there were some drawbacks to my candidacy for a lot of Republican voters, he told Balz in January. One, because I had a health...
  • Report: 2004 turnout numbers would have elected Romney

    04/29/2013 10:21:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 198 replies
    The Daily Caller / The Associated Press ^ | April 29, 2013 | Neil Munro, White House Correspondent
    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney would have won the presidency if the white and black turnout rates had stayed at their 2004 levels, according to a new analysis of 2012 election. The battleground states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida and Colorado would have tipped in favor of Romney, handing him the presidency if the outcome of other states remained the same, according to The Associated Presss summary of research by William Frey, an expert at the Brookings Institution. Overall turnout declined from 62 percent in 2008 to 58 percent in 2012, Frey reported. The drop-off reduced the overall turnout by...
  • Mitt Romney tells former supporters, Im not going away (Lord help us...)

    01/25/2013 2:13:12 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 56 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 1/25/13 | KRISTEN A. LEE
    Mitt Romney promised that he wont vanish from politics during a meeting in Washington Friday morning with a group of former campaign donors and aides. Two people at the meeting told Politico that Romney said he will help Republican candidates in upcoming elections.
  • Latest Romney Revelation Has Me Incredibly Angry

    12/29/2012 3:45:16 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 147 replies
    A Time For Choosing ^ | December 28, 2012 | Gary P. Jackson
    Just before the Christmas break the Boston Globe published a lengthy postmortem on Mitt Romneys massive failure as a presidential candidate. Between this, and the constant hand-wringing by Geniuses of the GOP, I think we have beaten this dead horse to a pulp, but there was one thing that came out of this article that has me as angry as I have ever been over a politician. Before we get to that, lets step back in time to 2008. Like 2012, the Republican Party didnt exactly put forth an all-star field of candidates for voters to choose from. In the...
  • Romney campaign cut off funds, credit cards to staffers on Election Night

    11/10/2012 12:54:26 PM PST · by dirtboy · 29 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 11/9/2012 | Kristen A Lee
    Team Romney acted fast to sever its staffs access to campaign funds Tuesday after the Republican candidates crushing defeat by President Obama. NBC News reported that campaign aides taking cabs home late on Election Night found that their campaign-issued credit cards had already been cut off.
  • Mitt Romney hugs Paul Ryan, but not budget

    08/12/2012 12:12:06 PM PDT · by RaisingCain · 86 replies
    Politico ^ | Politico
    Romney spokeswoman Sarah Pompei said Saturday that the candidate applauds Ryans ideas, but intends to issue his own blueprint for reshaping the federal budget. After Romneys speech introducing Ryan, advisers said the former Massachusetts governor has no intention of being handcuffed to all the specifics of Ryans plans though he has said in the past that hed sign Ryans budget if passed by Congress. He has said it moves us in the right direction. He has said that if its sent to him, he would sign it. And he has said that he will put forward his own plan,...
  • 40 Points That Prove That Barack Obama And Mitt Romney Are Essentially The Same Candidate

    08/19/2012 7:06:50 PM PDT · by grundle · 194 replies ^ | August 16, 2012 | Michael Snyder
    What a depressing choice the American people are being presented with this year. We are at a point in our history where we desperately need a change of direction in the White House, and we are guaranteed that we are not going to get it. The Democrats are running the worst president in American history, and the Republicans are running a guy who is almost a carbon copy of him. The fact that about half the country is still supporting Barack Obama shows how incredibly stupid and corrupt the American people have become. No American should have ever cast a...
  • Politics is the art of the possible.

    08/17/2012 3:16:07 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 43 replies
    Aug 17, 2012 | Jim Robinson
    I've often heard the elites waving away conservatism by wisely exclaiming, "Politics is the art of the possible." So what is art? art Noun: 1. The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination.2. Works produced by such skill and imagination. Art is just a word for imaginative creation. In other words, politics is all about the creation of an image. And creation in this sense, means enhancement. Accentuate the positives. Eliminate the negatives. Shade the truth. Lie by omission. Illusion. Fiction. Fantasy. Conservatism is about TRUTH. But all truth is lost in the art of politics when said...
  • Why I Will Vote for Romney-Ryan in November

    08/17/2012 3:40:53 PM PDT · by mkjessup · 450 replies | 17 August 2012 | Mark Jessup (aka mkjessup)
    I've been on FR since 2003. Hard to believe next March will be my 10th year here, assuming I don't get zotted for one reason or another, lol To that handful of detractors who would LIKE to think this is my opus, guess again suckers - I would never give you the satisfaction of it. Now that we have that out of the way, why this vanity? First of all, I'm posting this in News/Activism not because this is sourced from a network, newspaper, etc., but because I've noticed that nobody else worries about posting their vanities in the 'Personal/Blogger'...
  • 'Let Them Speak' Petition Calls For Tea Party Leaders To Be Allowed To Speak At GOP Convention

    08/17/2012 4:30:15 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 7 replies
    Conservative Nation News ^ | August. 17, 2012 | FreeThinkerNY
    Washington, DC (PRWEB) August 17, 2012 TheTeaParty.Net, one of the largest national Tea Party groups, announced the launch of its "Let Them Speak" petition today. The petition calls for the Republican National Committee to allow Tea Party leaders to speak at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. "The 2012 Republican National Convention has begun to announce keynote speakers and many prominent Tea Party leaders are noticeably absent from the list," said Todd Cefaratti, Freedom Organizer of TheTeaParty.Net. "The RNC's blatant attempt to silence Tea Party voices and ignore the historic success of the Tea Party since 2009 is...
  • Why Voting For Mitt Romney Should Be a No-Brainer For Conservatives

    08/15/2012 4:01:21 AM PDT · by LD Jackson · 119 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 08/15/12 | LD Jackson
    This is something I have mulled over a long time. I touched on it in a comment on Country Thinker's post yesterday, but I would like to elaborate just a bit.I know Mitt Romney has many detractors. Many conservatives and libertarians question his conservative credentials, myself included. I questioned them in 2007 and I questioned them during the GOP primary. I still have reservations about how conservative he would be as President of the United States. I contend there are other things to consider, besides his fiscal conservatism. There are many people who are going to refuse to vote for...
  • Romney's Strategy Isn't Working (It's the Conservatism, Stupid!)

    08/10/2012 2:39:59 PM PDT · by mojito · 150 replies
    Commentary ^ | 8/10/2012 | John Podhoretz
    ....The polls suggesting hes seven or nine points behind are surely wrong, but given that there is only one national poll that shows him ahead, we have to presume Romney is behind. He should presume hes behind. And given that theres no good reason whatever for Obama to be leading, one can only presume that Romneys strategy in July and now in August is not working. Which is why the we only talk about the economy line, while superficially clever, was and is so foolishstupid, even. Of course Romney wants to focus on that one issue. Its the one that...