Romney calls talk of him making another presidential bid ‘silly’

posted at 5:01 pm on June 15, 2014 by Noah Rothman

The talk of the town on the Sunday morning talk shows was Rep. Eric Cantor’s (R-VA) loss to his Republican primary opponent and the fracturing of the GOP. Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney appeared on Meet the Press on Sunday where he was asked about that dynamic within the party, and talk by some that Romney should consider making another run for the White House. Romney said he was not interested in mounting a third presidential bid and called talk of drafting him to run “silly.”

Romney said that the narrative that the party is split along establishment and tea party lines is undermined by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) winning his primary race over at least five competitive challengers.

“Is the tea party populism driving the Republican Party?” host David Gregory asked.

“It certainly didn’t drive what happened in South Carolina,” Romney replied.

“Would you be a candidate in 2016,” Gregory pressed. “If you were drafted, if the conditions were right, would you consider another run?”

“I’m not running for president,” Romney laughed. “I’ve said that so many times.”

Romney reminded Gregory that he recently held a conference of Republican officeholders where they discussed the GOP’s evolving messaging heading into 2016. The former presidential candidate noted that one of the primary reasons to hold that conference was to introduce prospective presidential candidates to his fundraising network. “Had I been running, I wouldn’t be doing that,” he said.

“I’m convinced that the field of Republican candidates that I’m seeing is in a lot better position to do that than I am,” Romney said. “Talk of draft is kind of silly.”

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He was, in my view, too much of a gentleman to take on the Chicago Machine

troyriser_gopftw on June 15, 2014 at 9:37 PM


Some gentleman just love taking over companies that are cash rich, distributing the cash to their partners, selling off the skeleton, and leaving many unemployed.

Republicans can be SHEEPLE too, fiscal conservatives not so much.

Etch-A-Sketch is NOT a nice guy. He is a permanent member of the CBC.

Jayrae on June 16, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Mitt Romney had the most anti immigrant, anti amnesty platform of any candidate who ran in 2012.

V7_Sport on June 15, 2014 at 11:19 PM

He is in no way “anti immigrant” nor is any other person who wants our immigration laws enforced. Don’t play into the hand of the leftists by using their terminology. Wanting people to immigrate to this country legally by obeying the rule of law bears no resemblance to being against immigration.

As I have already acknowledged in an earlier post, Romney certainly talked the best game on this issue in the primary, but the closer he got to November, the more he double-talked and backed off of earlier comments. Since the election, everything he has done has been calculated to grease the wheels toward amnesty. Sure, he hasn’t come out for amnesty a la Rubio or Cantor; however, given the chance to promote legal immigration (as in the video for this article), he consistently downplays the importance of this issue and refuses to take a stand. I think his tough and correct positions from the primary were carefully calculated to play to base and easy for him to shed when the time came.

yaedon on June 16, 2014 at 8:35 AM

The Obama loving media destroyed this man in their effort to cover up obama’s failures. When you have the dem party, the IRS, the White House and all mainstream media after you, it’s impossible to win. Romney would have made a great POTUS.

fishstick on June 16, 2014 at 8:43 AM

FINALLY, something I agree with Romney on. Him running for president again is stupid. He had his chances and squandered it.

Nat George on June 16, 2014 at 9:15 AM

The American people had a chance to elect Mitt, but they preferred to keep Barack “Little Boots” Obama in charge.

claudius on June 16, 2014 at 9:20 AM

He is right, that is stupid. There is only one thing dumber. A Time magazine article where he gives advice on how the GOP can retake the White House in 2016. Which Is the plan Rinsing Repeat will make sure is faithfully executed to the demise of the GOP. I can’t wait until November when the GOP loses the House and Senate because they didn’t accept the friendly warning in VA

Brock Robamney on June 16, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Romney is right: that’s silly talk.

MTF on June 16, 2014 at 3:35 PM

yaedon on June 15, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Romney is pro-amnesty? Really? Then, why did he oppose it several years ago when he faced McCain in a presidential primary? And never stand for it since? And why did he have the guts to make it part of his presidential platform in 2012 to the dismay of Rove & Jeb (who did not support him until after he had won the nomination) and the other establishment people? He was to the RIGHT of Newt and Perry; only those “pure” conservatives thought he wasn’t pure enough and stayed home and elected Obama.

The idiocy of attacking Romney on this issue is just amazing. Even his latest statements are only a bit milder; he says the problem should be solved, but has not taken a stand for a path to citizenship except to say it would be the end of the line path, after everyone else. He was also called “too mean” and thereby turned off Hispanics. Rubbish.

If he had been elected, do you honestly think we would be in this position with the president having granted de facto amnesty to some, a huge country-killing amnesty waiting in the wings supported by the Dems AND the Rep’s for the rest? And how about that “children” crisis at the border which will not help the U.S. in the slightest and no doubt was engineered by the pro-amnesty crowd. Romney is the ONLY person who wanted to solve this problem for American people first and not for the illegals. You can be as stupid as you want with your comments. The truth is far different. And the only reason it would be foolish for him to run again is that there are still so many of those idiots out there like you who refuse to acknowledge the truth, and would spout the same drivel again.

memyselfni on June 16, 2014 at 4:58 PM

memyselfni on June 16, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Ummmm. This is embarrassing, but he has changed his position and supports Amnesty now.
You might want to look again

Brock Robamney on June 17, 2014 at 6:00 AM

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