Clinton confidants and other Democrats said in interviews that they view Romney as the weaker Republican opponent in a general election, unlikely to get a second chance from the key swing group of independents who made up their minds about him just two years ago.

“I would like to run against Mitt Romney in every election forever,” said former Obama staffer Tommy Vietor, who also worked on Clinton’s book tour last summer.

Clinton advisers said Romney has proven he lacks the ability to relate to voters and comes across as out of touch.

“We’d be much more concerned about Bush,” said one Clinton confidant. “When you have Romney against Clinton, you can’t really make the argument that it’s time to move on. You’ve got two people who have run before.”