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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Put him in charge of the VA – he’d have that sucker turned around in 18 months or less.

gophergirl on June 15, 2014 at 5:03 PM

If Romney didnt really want the Oval Office in 2012, he’s not going to want it again in 2016. The GOPe Establishment, their bootlickers, and their corporate masters, OTOH…

Jedditelol on June 15, 2014 at 5:04 PM

“Talk of draft is kind of silly.”

CW on June 15, 2014 at 5:04 PM

A better man than his run for office indicated…

JohnGalt23 on June 15, 2014 at 5:04 PM

We could always have him and his staff lay out a detailed plan for the 2016 ground game/get out the vote efforts. Then we file it under “What NOT to do”.

trubble on June 15, 2014 at 5:05 PM

No kidding. At least Romney isn’t delusional like those wanting to draft him.

I disagree with him on SC. Graham won easily because there were SIX challengers running against him.

If Cantor had more than one primary opponent, he likely would have won again also. Too many candidates split the vote.

cat_owner on June 15, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Put him in charge of the VA – he’d have that sucker turned around in 18 months or less.

gophergirl on June 15, 2014 at 5:03 PM

The Godfather of Obamacare? Our vets deserve better.
Two time loser. You have to want to win.

HornetSting on June 15, 2014 at 5:06 PM

gophergirl on June 15, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Good idea.

cat_owner on June 15, 2014 at 5:06 PM

He’s a good man, but the massive vote fraud the Choom Gang mounted would have beaten Eisenhower.

And doubt judge him by Romneycare. Most of that was the Demos’ work.

formwiz on June 15, 2014 at 5:10 PM

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.

Challengers split the vote. Plus it’s a Senate seat, for the whole state, and not a district seat in the House. Oh, and South Carolinians tend to hold onto their senators for life. See Strom Thurmond (Republican) & Fritz Hollings (Democrat). Might be good news for Tim Scott.

rbj on June 15, 2014 at 5:10 PM

A better man than his run for office indicated…

JohnGalt23 on June 15, 2014 at 5:04 PM

And a better man than the pos in the WH. Romney is a good man and that is one of the reasons he lost. The liv need to be lied to and pandered to.

VegasRick on June 15, 2014 at 5:11 PM

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

That’s what I’d call it too!!

blockchords on June 15, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Then why does he keep showing up for interviews everywhere?

The man that described himself as alternatively “non-partisan” and “an independent” or “progressive” stream-rolled the R party, becoming the “severely conservative” nominee. An empty vessel and a horrible campaigner is right, and he deflated the spirits of conservatives across the board in 2012, and what should have been an easy win of the presidency with coattail victories becomes the opposite, as Obama & the Dems cleaned up. The man would appear at debates with a tan, and later it was revealed it was from a tanning salon. You see him on TV now and talking foreign policy or some other non-controversial subject, and he often looks… good, but remember, it’s a false front, the man is 100% pure facade, a coreless loser. Why doesn’t Romney just go away?

anotherJoe on June 15, 2014 at 5:13 PM

See headlines: U.S. to start evacuation of embassy in Baghdad.

esr1951 on June 15, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Put him in charge of the VA – he’d have that sucker turned around in 18 months or less.

gophergirl on June 15, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Agree 100 % , and do it while Guiliani prosecutes VA and IRS mafia under RICO.

burrata on June 15, 2014 at 5:16 PM

You see him on TV now and talking foreign policy or some other non-controversial subject, and he often looks… good, but remember, it’s a false front, the man is 100% pure facade, a coreless loser. Why doesn’t Romney just go away?

anotherJoe on June 15, 2014 at 5:13 PM

A little bitter there joey? Geez.

VegasRick on June 15, 2014 at 5:19 PM

See headlines: U.S. to start evacuation of embassy in Baghdad.

esr1951 on June 15, 2014 at 5:13 PM

What are those US citizens there scared of ?
ISIS won’t use their American weapons to kill Americans , right ?

burrata on June 15, 2014 at 5:20 PM

I am supercilious to this silliness.

KMav on June 15, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Put him in charge of the VA – he’d have that sucker turned around in 18 months or less.

There is no turning around the VA, even if they had the power to fire people and a ton of money, a government run entity is always going to sub par.

lowandslow on June 15, 2014 at 5:21 PM

So, Romney agrees with everyone, except Joe Scarborough on this matter – Good for him.

“SILLY” is being kind.

Pork-Chop on June 15, 2014 at 5:23 PM

No kidding. At least Romney isn’t delusional like those wanting to draft him.

cat_owner on June 15, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Romney also was the one who had to tell his advisers that he had lost the election, when normally it works in reverse for candidates. The Mittwits are utterly irrational cultists.

Stoic Patriot on June 15, 2014 at 5:24 PM

I wish Hot Air would cover this story.

Border Patrol officials are swamped by the number of minors crossing illegally into the United States and frustrated that they can’t turn away known Mexican gang members.

Chris Cabrera, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council Local 3307 in the Rio Grande Valley, said that confirmed gang members in Mexico — including those from Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) — are coming into the country to be reunited with their families, National Review reported Friday.

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jun/14/border-agents-lament-mexican-gang-members-entering/#ixzz34kHbrGU6

cat_owner on June 15, 2014 at 5:27 PM

“Another” run? You have to make a run before you can do another.

davidk on June 15, 2014 at 5:29 PM

HornetSting on June 15, 2014 at 5:06 PM

I would not want him as president, but he is exactly the kind of technocrat that could turn the VA around.

cozmo on June 15, 2014 at 5:29 PM

cat_owner on June 15, 2014 at 5:27 PM

They can’t. It would rack the pro-amnesty Feng Shui.

yaedon on June 15, 2014 at 5:30 PM

I wish Hot Air would cover this story.

Border Patrol officials are swamped by the number of minors crossing illegally into the United States and frustrated that they can’t turn away known Mexican gang members.
Chris Cabrera, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council Local 3307 in the Rio Grande Valley, said that confirmed gang members in Mexico — including those from Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) — are coming into the country to be reunited with their families, National Review reported Friday.

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jun/14/border-agents-lament-mexican-gang-members-entering/#ixzz34kHbrGU6
cat_owner on June 15, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Completely agree.

bluegill on June 15, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Completely agree.

bluegill on June 15, 2014 at 5:32 PM

You could always cover it yourself.

But that would mean actual work instead of whining and lying.

cozmo on June 15, 2014 at 5:33 PM

cat_owner on June 15, 2014 at 5:27 PM

They can’t. It would rack the pro-amnesty Feng Shui.

yaedon on June 15, 2014 at 5:30 PM

On that note, if conservatives are billed as “anti-immigration” (a term which bears absolutely no resemblance to reality), then why haven’t we tagged the pro-amnesty crowd as anti-legal-immigration or pro-illegal-immigration? Is there a catchier label we could use?

BTW, this is on topic since Romney was/is pro-amnesty and that issue will supposedly decide the 2016 election in which Romney is supposedly not interested in running.

yaedon on June 15, 2014 at 5:35 PM

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

…yes with 6 people running…you are being ‘silly’!

KOOLAID2 on June 15, 2014 at 5:39 PM

I wish Hot Air would cover this story.

Border Patrol officials are swamped by the number of minors crossing illegally into the United States and frustrated that they can’t turn away known Mexican gang members.

Chris Cabrera, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council Local 3307 in the Rio Grande Valley, said that confirmed gang members in Mexico — including those from Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) — are coming into the country to be reunited with their families, National Review reported Friday.

cat_owner on June 15, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Yeah, and then we can start debating whether it’s Ok for Boehner et al to force a rushed vote to ensure a victory for the Chamber / amnesty shill Kevin McCarthy.

Why, because McCarthy has among the worst pro-amnesty grades in congress (of Republicans); McCarthy was given an F- on immigration (vs Cantor’s C+), and has said (in 2013) that he wants the R congress to force a vote on immigration reform.

http://www.redstate.com/2014/01/22/surprise-surprise-kevin-mccarthy-backs-amnesty/

anotherJoe on June 15, 2014 at 5:39 PM

I will have to agree with Romney on this. Running him a third time would be silly. Frankly silly doesn’t quite cover it.

Bmore on June 15, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Romney’s just as out of touch as the rest of the GOP elites.

sadatoni on June 15, 2014 at 5:41 PM

A better man than his run for office indicated…

JohnGalt23 on June 15, 2014 at 5:04 PM

And a better man than the pos in the WH. Romney is a good man and that is one of the reasons he lost. The liv need to be lied to and pandered to.

VegasRick on June 15, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Call me a Romney hater, but I don’t have the opinion that he is a “good” man. The man won the nomination attacking dogging his own party opponents, and then half azzed in the general.

He is smart enough to know the stakes, and he rolled over and screwed all of us. I think he is a loser, and need to go the fvck away.

melle1228 on June 15, 2014 at 5:42 PM

BTW, this is on topic since Romney was/is pro-amnesty and that issue will supposedly decide the 2016 election in which Romney is supposedly not interested in running.
yaedon on June 15, 2014 at 5:35 PM

It’s 100% on topic. No worries there.

I was a huge supporter of Romney last time, particularly due to his stance against amnesty. Now, I’ve been disappointed to see him go mostly silent on the issue recently and even give aid to amnesty supporters. Has he switched on this issue? Seems he has, or that his anti-amnesty stance (which voters loved and which helped him stand out from the pack and win primary elections) wasn’t genuine.

Romney needs to clarify this, though maybe he has and I missed it.

bluegill on June 15, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Completely agree.

blueballs on June 15, 2014 at 5:32 PM

…yes…you would encourage every off topic post on every thread on Hot Air…as long as it covered…..what subject?
…please…please!…someone guess!

KOOLAID2 on June 15, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Of course it’s silly, but it’s an order of magnitude less silly than Jeb, so you can see why one would ask.

HitNRun on June 15, 2014 at 5:44 PM

What are those US citizens there scared of ?
ISIS won’t use their American weapons to kill Americans , right ?

burrata on June 15, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Riiiiiight….

esr1951 on June 15, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Call me a Romney hater, but I don’t have the opinion that he is a “good” man. The man won the nomination attacking dogging his own party opponents, and then half azzed in the general.
He is smart enough to know the stakes, and he rolled over and screwed all of us. I think he is a loser, and need to go the fvck away.
melle1228 on June 15, 2014 at 5:42 PM

All candidates during the primaries attacked each other. Seems silly to fault Romney for fighting for the nomination.

Now, his campaign’s performance during the general is an entirely different matter. To say they dropped the ball there is a huge understatement.

bluegill on June 15, 2014 at 5:45 PM

bluegill on June 15, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Too bad your occasional grain of truth is drowned out by your propensity to lie.

cozmo on June 15, 2014 at 5:47 PM

All candidates during the primaries attacked each other. Seems silly to fault Romney for fighting for the nomination.

Now, his campaign’s performance during the general is an entirely different matter. To say they dropped the ball there is a huge understatement.

bluegill on June 15, 2014 at 5:45 PM

I don’t fault him for going for the throat in the primaries. I fault him for NOT going for the throat in the general..

melle1228 on June 15, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Good interview by Romney..:)

Dire Straits on June 15, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Romney needs to clarify this, though maybe he has and I missed it.

blueballs on June 15, 2014 at 5:43 PM

…he11!…wonder what the chances are……that happened?

KOOLAID2 on June 15, 2014 at 5:51 PM

…yes…you would encourage every off topic post on every thread on Hot Air…as long as it covered…..what subject?
…please…please!…someone guess!

KOOLAID2 on June 15, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Blueballs! :-D!

Judge_Dredd on June 15, 2014 at 5:52 PM

HornetSting on June 15, 2014 at 5:06 PM

I would not want him as president, but he is exactly the kind of technocrat that could turn the VA around.

cozmo on June 15, 2014 at 5:29 PM

The 2002 Winter Olympics are one thing. His history of Romneycare, two advisors helping the White House create Obamacare, two failures to rally people behind him to win an election against a socialist community agitator to straighten out vat of crooked, biting snakes called the VA?
Call me skeptical.

HornetSting on June 15, 2014 at 5:53 PM

…please…please!…someone guess!

KOOLAID2 on June 15, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Blueballs! :-D!

Judge_Dredd on June 15, 2014 at 5:52 PM

There hasn’t been a Palin one for her to rag on in a while…

cozmo on June 15, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Call me skeptical.

HornetSting on June 15, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Nothing wrong with being skeptical. The VA isn’t going away so somebody will have to fix it.

cozmo on June 15, 2014 at 5:55 PM

There hasn’t been a Palin one for her to rag on in a while…

cozmo on June 15, 2014 at 5:54 PM

KOOLAID needs to set his alarm for the nightly love-fest with her and cr. They always seem to come out after he and I have retired.

Judge_Dredd on June 15, 2014 at 5:58 PM

cozmo on June 15, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on June 15, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Judge_Dredd on June 15, 2014 at 5:58 PM

There is so much saccharine between those two (well, the blue gilled hagfish may actually be in love with the troll) its kind of fake creepy.

Dire Straits on June 15, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Evenin’. Why can’t ALyT figure out the difference between evening and night?

cozmo on June 15, 2014 at 6:01 PM

They can’t. It would rack the pro-amnesty Feng Shui.

yaedon on June 15, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Don’t think that is quite right. I believe AllahPundit, at least, agrees with us on this issue.

cat_owner on June 15, 2014 at 6:02 PM

See headlines: U.S. to start evacuation of embassy in Baghdad.

esr1951 on June 15, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Well, they’d better get the gays out first…Is our Embassy in Iraq sportin’ the rainbow flag in honor of ‘gay pride’ month like our embassy in Israel? If not, I wonder why? Perhaps Libiotfreeorelse can elucidate for us bigots.

bimmcorp on June 15, 2014 at 6:03 PM

I’m convinced he will run.

rubberneck on June 15, 2014 at 6:03 PM

anotherJoe on June 15, 2014 at 5:39 PM

It’s astounding to think the ‘leadership” want someone even further to the left than Cantor.

cat_owner on June 15, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Evenin’. Why can’t ALyT figure out the difference between evening and night?

cozmo on June 15, 2014 at 6:01 PM

rofl..:)

Dire Straits on June 15, 2014 at 6:04 PM

I’m convinced he will run.

rubberneck on June 15, 2014 at 6:03 PM

I’m convinced America is completely screwed.

Judge_Dredd on June 15, 2014 at 6:05 PM

On that note, if conservatives are billed as “anti-immigration” (a term which bears absolutely no resemblance to reality), then why haven’t we tagged the pro-amnesty crowd as anti-legal-immigration or pro-illegal-immigration? Is there a catchier label we could use?

BTW, this is on topic since Romney was/is pro-amnesty and that issue will supposedly decide the 2016 election in which Romney is supposedly not interested in running.

yaedon on June 15, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Pro illegal alien?

cat_owner on June 15, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Romney reminded Gregory that he recently held a conference of Republican officeholders where they discussed the GOP’s evolving messaging heading into 2016.

This was a good move..imho..:)

Dire Straits on June 15, 2014 at 6:08 PM

See headlines: U.S. to start evacuation of embassy in Baghdad.

esr1951 on June 15, 2014 at 5:13 PM

I also recommend reading that.
SOME will be evacuated.
Many will stay.
God help them.

pambi on June 15, 2014 at 6:08 PM

I also recommend reading that.
SOME will be evacuated.
Many will stay.
God help them.

pambi on June 15, 2014 at 6:08 PM

You are correct.

esr1951 on June 15, 2014 at 6:12 PM

HornetSting on June 15, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on June 15, 2014 at 6:13 PM

This posted at Free Republic:

Large Explosions are now reported inside the Green Zone in Baghdad.

61 posted on June 15, 2014 6:08:23 PM EDT by sunmars

Don’t know if it is accurate.

esr1951 on June 15, 2014 at 6:13 PM

HornetSting on June 15, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on June 15, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Good evening, DS. :))

HornetSting on June 15, 2014 at 6:16 PM

It’s astounding to think the ‘leadership” want someone even further to the left than Cantor.

cat_owner on June 15, 2014 at 6:04 PM

McCarthy is what you call a backroom dirty dealer, gaining support by helping fund the campaigns of many representatives with Chamber money. Now, when McCarthy brings amnesty to the floor for a vote, few will object because these members feel indebted to McCarthy, they’ll vote the other way, but the Dems will pass amnesty. Then later on McCarthy’s position of power will be ensured to continue as McCarthy will continue to grea$e the skids. And then McCarthy will unavoidably be Speaker. That’s why it is important for us to stand up and fight, NOW, this coronation of CA’s McCarthy as Majority Leader.

Remember, it is the Majority Leader that determines the legislative agenda. So if McCarthy wants to bring amnesty up for a vote, even Boehner couldn’t stop him. That’s why this is important. Now.

anotherJoe on June 15, 2014 at 6:18 PM

“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.”

Romney is saying that the GOPe has decided who is running and who they’ll back to win the primaries. There will be no draft. There will be no surprises. The die is already cast.

The establishment is moving ahead with it’s plan regardless of how the base, the constituents, the entire electorate views the preferred candidates or the preferred policies of the GOPe.

Michael Steel suggests that the GOPe is looking at Eric Cantor to be the new head of the RNC. One need no more proof that the GOPe is ignoring the base, particularly the conservatives, than that.

thatsafactjack on June 15, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Romney’s main constituency is Republican consultants and pollsters–they all want some of his money, regardless of what he stands for. These GOP consultants would support Scrooge McDuck, too.

Palin 2016. You know you want to.

Emperor Norton on June 15, 2014 at 6:19 PM

KOOLAID2 on June 15, 2014 at 5:44 PM

It isn’t off topic, since Romney himself has said we need “comprehensive immigration reform”. Meanwhile, Mexican gangs are crossing the border.

cat_owner on June 15, 2014 at 6:20 PM

RNC Leader, Rience Priebus, says Cantor loss and the immigration debate has not divided the GOP

Priebus may as well have said “To Hell with all of the conservatives, with the base itself. WE, the GOPe, will decided who is the GOP candidate, and WE, the GOPe, will determine policy pursuant, of course, to the will of only our big donors.”

thatsafactjack on June 15, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Remember, it is the Majority Leader that determines the legislative agenda. So if McCarthy wants to bring amnesty up for a vote, even Boehner couldn’t stop him. That’s why this is important. Now.

anotherJoe on June 15, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Completely agree with you. If McCarthy knows he’s got most D votes, he only needs to persuade some Rs, and it’s a done deal.

cat_owner on June 15, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Talk of securing the border is silly. Romney running for president again are scary.

SouthernGent on June 15, 2014 at 6:29 PM

These GOP consultants would support Scrooge McDuck.

Emperor Norton on June 15, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Who doesn’t love Scrooge McDuck and his number 1 dime, though? Better example would have been Flintheart Glomgold.

bluegill on June 15, 2014 at 6:35 PM

God help them.

pambi on June 15, 2014 at 6:08 PM

He had better…We all know that the Dog Eater will not.

bimmcorp on June 15, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Now, I’ve been disappointed to see him go mostly silent on the issue recently and even give aid to amnesty supporters. Has he switched on this issue? Seems he has, or that his anti-amnesty stance (which voters loved and which helped him stand out from the pack and win primary elections) wasn’t genuine.

bluegill on June 15, 2014 at 5:43 PM

This summarizes my thoughts on the matter. Romney talked a really good game during the primary, but the closer he got to November, the more he hemmed and hawed and fudged. In retrospect, I think his position on immigration had “changed” before the general election was over. Since then, as you mention, he has gone mostly silent or given aid to amnesty supporters. The video above is a great example. He had the opportunity to disavow and deride amnesty, but instead indicated that it isn’t a driving force for the (R) party on the national stage.

yaedon on June 15, 2014 at 6:43 PM

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

I agree with Mitt Romney!!!

Which doesn often happen.

Now, if only I believed that he believes that.

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 15, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on June 15, 2014

….is it 1 AM already?

KOOLAID2 on June 15, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Remember, it is the Majority Leader that determines the legislative agenda. So if McCarthy wants to bring amnesty up for a vote, even Boehner couldn’t stop him. That’s why this is important. Now.

anotherJoe on June 15, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Completely agree with you. If McCarthy knows he’s got most D votes, he only needs to persuade some Rs, and it’s a done deal.

cat_owner on June 15, 2014 at 6:26 PM

It may go even further than that. The GOPe may be installing McCarthy specifically to bring up amnesty and pass it with mostly (D) votes just to spit in the face of the TEA party.

yaedon on June 15, 2014 at 6:47 PM

These GOP consultants would support Scrooge McDuck.

Emperor Norton on June 15, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Scrooge McD has a bad rep because of the animated Disney adaptation of A Christmas Carol, but the original character in the comics is the good kind of conservative.

DisneyFan on June 15, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Pro illegal alien?

cat_owner on June 15, 2014 at 6:06 PM

pro-unemployment?

yaedon on June 15, 2014 at 7:00 PM

The video above is a great example. He had the opportunity to disavow and deride amnesty, but instead indicated that it isn’t a driving force for the (R) party on the national stage.
yaedon on June 15, 2014 at 6:43 PM

I agree. Who will be the 2016 presidential candidate to take a strong, genuine stand against amnesty? It’s a golden opportunity. I think many underestimate how important an issue this is. Especially if voters are made aware of which candidates are pushing illegal alien amnesty and what that would mean for American workers, it could be the deciding factor.

Scrooge McD has a bad rep because of the animated Disney adaptation of A Christmas Carol, but the original character in the comics is the good kind of conservative.
DisneyFan on June 15, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Yes! And his great character helped make DuckTales one of the greatest animated shows ever. I don’t care what anyone says… I will always love that show!

bluegill on June 15, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Pro illegal alien?

cat_owner on June 15, 2014 at 6:06 PM

anti-rule-of-law?

pro-lawlessness?

yaedon on June 15, 2014 at 7:01 PM

…DuckTales one of the greatest animated shows ever. I don’t care what anyone says… I will always love that show!

bluegill on June 15, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Finally, a subject the bluegilled hagfish can comment on without being totally ignorant.

cozmo on June 15, 2014 at 7:21 PM

I respect Romney for at least speaking out. Something Weasel Boehner refuses to do.

viking01 on June 15, 2014 at 7:25 PM

….is it 1 AM already?

KOOLAID2 on June 15, 2014 at 6:47 PM

rofl..Good one..:)

Dire Straits on June 15, 2014 at 7:25 PM

If he’s not running then why is he and Jeb and Hillary popping up in the news all the time recently?

Naw, none of them are running in 2016. They’ve just books to sell or have statements on immigration or statements on foreign policy …

Naw, none of them are running in 2016.

Grandpa Obamacare (who’s run twice now) is especially not running.

Ruckus_Tom on June 15, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Romney reminded Gregory that he recently held a conference of Republican officeholders where they discussed the GOP’s evolving messaging heading into 2016.

This was a good move..imho..:)

Dire Straits on June 15, 2014 at 6:08 PM

I hear you… but the word “evolving” unnerves me. If they were just talking about messaging I’d be all in! They really do a horrid job at getting the word out!

unaffiliated on June 15, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Glad he’s not running — wouldn’t vote for him if he did.

Let’s talk about evolving:

Whigs ‘evolved’ into Republicans who ‘evolved’ into RINO’s who made politically suicidal decisions (amnesty) and within fifteen years became extinct. How’s that for the past, present and future of the republican party?

Conservchik on June 15, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Regardless of all the dislike and hate spewed here at HA about Romney..he would have made an excellent president. Romney is a good person who actually loves our country.

Sad that he lost, because look at what we were stuck with…a narcissist who only cares about himself and despises our country

And Cory Booker is coming for 2016 He makes Obama look like Reagan

Redford on June 15, 2014 at 8:53 PM

a third presidential bid and called talk of drafting him to run “silly.”

Are there more than 1000 people in the entire country who would even consider “drafting” Romney? Come on.

ddrintn on June 15, 2014 at 9:20 PM

^ 990 or so of those would be Democrats.

ddrintn on June 15, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Regardless of all the dislike and hate spewed here at HA about Romney..he would have made an excellent president.

Redford on June 15, 2014 at 8:53 PM

How do you know? He wasn’t an “excellent” governor.

ddrintn on June 15, 2014 at 9:32 PM

It makes me sound like a RINO sympathizer but I just can’t help liking Mitt Romney. Yes, I voted for him. I was also enormously disappointed in his seeming unwillingness to go to the mat with President Obama, particularly in the second and third debates. He was, in my view, too much of a gentleman to take on the Chicago Machine, and his campaign staff was amazingly inept when it came to handling the media, either old or new.

For example, I posted a simple query on Romney’s campaign’s Facebook page. The comment I posted was no big deal, no burning issue, not even mildly critical, and truth is I can’t even remember exactly what it was that I asked. Someone evidently found it offensive because my post was promptly deleted by whomever was running that profile. My sense was that if a post wasn’t Yay Rah Go Team, then it was disappeared. I felt mildly dissed, especially since I was a Romney campaign donor fairly early on in the primaries, after Perry’s meltdown.

Anyway, anyone who knows anything about social media knows the best way to alienate someone is to delete comments with little or no provocation. My sense was that his highly paid media advisors were complete idiots. I viewed it as a portent, and I was right. Hello, ORCA.

troyriser_gopftw on June 15, 2014 at 9:37 PM

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

He wasn’t too concerned with “gentlemanliness” when it came to taking on Newt Gingrich.

ddrintn on June 15, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Another run would be worthy of the Darwin Awards. This is a man whose campaign record is 1 out of 4, with a personal best of 49.77%.

will77jeff on June 15, 2014 at 10:11 PM

melle1228 on June 15, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Beautifully stated.

vilebody on June 15, 2014 at 10:17 PM

, this is on topic since Romney was/is pro-amnesty and that issue will supposedly decide the 2016 election in which Romney is supposedly not interested in running.

yaedon on June 15, 2014 at 5:35 PM

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

A better man than his run for office indicated…

JohnGalt23 on June 15, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Too bad Evel Knievel dead, but if it’s stunts you like there’s always that Canadian fellow.

V7_Sport on June 15, 2014 at 11:19 PM

Put him in charge of the VA – he’d have that sucker turned around in 18 months or less.

There is no turning around the VA, even if they had the power to fire people and a ton of money, a government run entity is always going to sub par.

lowandslow on June 15, 2014 at 5:21 PM

With Democrat managers and union staff, there is no saving it.

Just shut it down and give vets federal employee insurance with the deductibles and co-pays covered by the government. Transfer the other necessary functions like benefits checks to other agencies.

In Phoenix & San Diego (& likely everywhere, these are the two we have the proof for), a single private cardiologist treats more patients than eight on the VA staff – with better outcomes on average, too. You can’t reform a system like that.

The buildings and other physical assets can be sold off.

Adjoran on June 15, 2014 at 11:26 PM

We don’t need him to go away. He isn’t hated like Bush and fills an intellectual void on the right.

cimbri on June 16, 2014 at 2:56 AM

Put him in charge of the VA – he’d have that sucker turned around in 18 months or less.
gophergirl on June 15, 2014 at 5:03 PM

The Godfather of Obamacare? Our vets deserve better.
Two time loser. You have to want to win.
HornetSting on June 15, 2014 at 5:06 PM

But he can fix Obamacare. And he can create a program and call it VAcare. And then he can take away all those nasty guns, and give illegal aliens bus passes so they can self deport themselves

Brock Robamney on June 16, 2014 at 5:49 AM

The GOPe has Jeb Bush. It doesn’t need Romney.

pdigaudio on June 16, 2014 at 7:42 AM

It is more than silly, it’s stupid

TX-96 on June 16, 2014 at 7:53 AM

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