Either this is a bad joke, or some political consultant who earned millions from the woefully inept Romney campaign is floating a trial balloon. But on Sunday morning, CBS’s host Bob Schieffer has a “source” who informed him that Mitt Romney may be interested in running for President, if former Florida Governor Jeb Bush decides not to run:
Mitt Romney has said time and time again that he has no interest in running for president a third time.
But, on Sunday morning, CBS’ Bob Schieffer said not to write off the idea of a 2016 campaign by Romney so quickly.
“I have a source that told me that if Jeb Bush decides not to run, that Mitt Romney may actually try it again,” Schieffer said.
During a political panel discussion, the “Face the Nation” host said that he has been told that Romney will consider seeking the Republican nomination for the presidency in 2016 if former Florida governor Jeb Bush chooses to sit the race out.
Romney and Bush are considered similar candidates — both moderate former governors who enjoy the support of much of the GOP establishment but draw skepticism from the party’s conservative ranks.
Several major Romney donors told The Washington Post earlier this year that Bush would be their preferred Republican candidate in 2016.
After shrinking out of the public light following his crushing loss to President Obama in 2012, Romney has slowly reemerged as a coveted political ally for Republicans seeking office this year.
Schaffer should have mentioned some of the evidence that confirms his speculation. Romney has appeared on TV news shows 12 times in the past month and Romney’s inner circle (Kevin Madden, Eric Fehrnstrom, and Stuart Stevens) has been silent on the question.
I believe the cliché saying is – Doing the same thing, over and over again, is the definition of insanity?
Mitt Romney, in his previous life as Massachusetts governor, implemented the health insurance mandate that is now mirrored by the federal Obamacare law. Of course he would disagree with this this assertion, but there is no functional difference between forcing someone to buy health coverage on the state level or federal level. And as Obamacare slowly becomes fully implemented, it is difficult to imagine a worse choice to provide a contrast with the Obama administration’s signature law.
But if he does decide to run in 2016, at least Mitt Romney won’t be the official candidate of Wall Street.