Mitt Romney Says He’s Considering Another Presidential Run

This is interesting.. coming after Jeb halfheartedly put his hat in the ring….
Jeb seems both too soft.. and the name thing could grow as a roadblock..

And more terror and a dangerous world might drive people towards a harder, stricter Romney….

http://time.com/3662467/mitt-romney-2016-donors/

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney told a group of donors Friday that he is considering a bid for the White House in 2016,
according to a new report, little more than two years after his failed campaign in 2012.

The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed people who were in the New York meeting with donors, reports that Romney cited the long term health of the economy and unrest overseas as reasons he might run again.

Many are skeptical Romney will actually pull the trigger on another national campaign, which would be his third.

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Poll: Bush surges to 2016 GOP frontrunner

A little update on the 2016 presidential politics on the very last day of the year…
The surge of Jeb Bush in the current polls has happened fast, and if Romney sees Jeb as being capable of winning the general election he’ll probably stay out of the race, so Jeb as the republican nominee is indeed a likely outcome on the right..

On the left we’ll see what happens in Jan-March with Elizabeth Warren, if she maintains her recent shift to attack line as a senator and gets a big win or two, the pressure might become even bigger and the name recognition issue less of a challenge.. coupled with a very uninspired Hillary things could still happen..
But if not.. the prospects of Bush vs. Clinton in 2016 just got one step closer to becoming the realities..

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/12/28/politics/bush-leads-gop-field-poll/

Washington (CNN) — Jeb Bush is the clear Republican presidential frontrunner, surging to the front of the potential GOP pack following his announcement that he’s “actively exploring” a bid, a new CNN/ORC poll found.

He takes nearly one-quarter — 23% — of Republicans surveyed in the new nationwide poll, putting him 10 points ahead of his closest competitor,
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who tallied 13%.

Physician Ben Carson comes in third, with 7% support, and Sen. Rand Paul and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee are both tied for fourth with 6%.

That marks a drop in support for all but Christie and Bush from the last CNN/ORC survey of the field, conducted in November. That poll showed Bush in the lead, but only taking 14% of the vote, while Carson came in second with 11% and Christie tied Rep. Paul Ryan for fourth with 9% support.

Bush’s 10-point lead is a milestone for the potential GOP field — it marks the first time any prospective candidate has reached a lead beyond a poll’s margin of error in the past two years.

It’s not crazy for Mitt Romney to run for president again – Vox

Vox has a good run-down on the not-so-unthinkable-again Mitt candidacy, among others:

1) The GOP field has weakened over the past year, and there’s no clear frontrunner
2) A Jeb Bush run looks unlikely
4) Romney can argue that he was prescient on foreign policy
6) His supposed weaknesses in a general election are overstated

http://www.vox.com/2014/9/26/6843697/mitt-romney-president-2016-explained

Mitt Romney has effectively been running for president since his only successful election to a political office — the Massachusetts governorship — back in 2002. That’s roughly a decade spent pursuing the White House. Now, a new report by the Washington Examiner’s Byron York suggests Romney is seriously thinking of trying again.

Mitt Romney: President Obama Underestimated Threats of Terror, Vladimir Putin

Mitt Romney makes a lot of sense here.. as Russia keeps stepping into Ukraine.. testing the boundaries..
And a lot can happen in Obama’s two remaining years..
And Romney’s quoting of Hillary’s critiques of Obama’s Foreign Policy is a strong point…..
It’s just hard to trust Obama’s handiwork in these areas..

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http://foxnewsinsider.com/2014/08/21/mitt-romney-president-obama-underestimated-threats-terror-vladimir-putin

In their first joint television interview since the 2012 presidential campaign, Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) joined Megyn on “The Kelly File” tonight for an exclusive interview to discuss the state of the Republican party and the country.

Romney took aim at President Obama’s foreign policy, saying that the president’s errors, such as not leaving forces in Iraq and failing to take earlier action in Syria, have endangered the U.S. against the growing threat of ISIS.

“The president has a foreign policy which has failed once again,” Romney said. “He underestimated the extent of the threat represented by terror in the world, and specifically ISIS. And as a result, now we find ourselves facing a series of severe and horrific scenes on the world stage.”

In foreign policy speech, Romney will encourage military spending, Syria intervention

This could sound like Romney might be losing some support very quickly again.. more wars in the Middle East is probably not a huge vote winner among moderates in the swing states.. And huge Tax Cuts and new wars could also reinforce the impression of “More Bush” in a Romney Presidency. 

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In foreign policy speech, Romney will encourage military spending, Syria intervention:

By NBC’s Garrett Haake

 PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – In a major foreign policy speech Monday Mitt Romney will attempt to portray himself as a leader firmly in the peace-through-strength tradition of Harry Truman and Ronald Reagan, while casting President Barack Obama as an ineffective leader on a dangerous and constantly-evolving world stage.

Romney will deliver a 30-minute address, titled “The Mantle of Leadership,” later Monday at the Virginia Military Institute, his 10th address on the topic of foreign policy since summer 2011.

The former Massachusetts governor’s speech, like the others before it, will focus on a vision of peace through strength. It will include new details on how Romney would address current global hotspots and repeat regular stump speech staples – such as the importance of averting planned defense cuts, expanding and reinvesting in the U.S. military and working closely with allies abroad, especially Israel.

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Democrats fired back preemptively at that characterization.

“Mainstream foreign policy isn’t what Mitt Romney is putting forward: having plans to start wars but not end them; wanting to keep 30,000 U.S. troops in Iraq indefinitely; exploding our defense spending to levels the Pentagon has not asked for, with no way to pay for it; insulting our allies and partners around the world on the campaign trail; and calling Russia our number-one geopolitical foe,” Obama campaign spokesperson Lis Smith said in a statement Sunday. “If that’s where Mitt Romney thinks the mainstream is, he needs to find a better compass.” (…)

(Via First Read)

Mitt Romney Spain Quip Adds To Foreign Policy Troubles

This was lost between the job numbers and Obama’s reluctant debate participation – but it’s a reminder of Romneys earlier international gaffes and his habit of thoughtless comments. Just like he has rallied a united conservative Britain against himself after the Olympics, he’s now making new enemies in Europe – very unnecessarily.

Mitt Romney Spain Quip Adds To Foreign Policy Troubles:

Mitt Romney Spain Quip Adds To Foreign Policy Troubles

By BRADLEY KLAPPER 10/07/12 10:35 AM ET EDT 

Mitt Romney Spain

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks during his debate with US President Barack Obama at Magness Arena at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado, October 3, 2012. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GettyImages)

WASHINGTON — If Mitt Romney becomes president, he might need a crash course in Diplomacy 101.

He irritated Britons and Palestinians during a summer tour abroad and has declared Russia to be America’s No. 1 geopolitical foe. Just last week, the Republican candidate, who plans a foreign policy speech Monday, raised eyebrows in Spain by holding it up as a prime example of government spending run amok.

That left Spaniards confused, and threatened to reinforce Romney’s perceived handicap in international affairs, precisely at a time when lingering questions over the Sept. 11 attacks against the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, has President Barack Obama on the defensive.

“I don’t want to go down the path of Spain,” Romney said Wednesday night during the first presidential debate. He argued that government spending under Obama has reached 42 percent of the U.S. economy, a figure comparable with America’s NATO ally. “I want to go down the path of growth that puts Americans to work.”

The remark was Romney’s latest to cause international offense during a campaign that much of the world is closely monitoring. (..)

Spanish reaction to Romney was swift.

What I see is ignorance of what is reality, but especially of the potential of the Spanish economy,” said Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria.

Maria Dolores Cospedal, leader of Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s Popular Party, noted that “Spain is not on fire from all sides like some on the outside have suggested.” Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo called it “very unfortunate that other countries should be put up as examples” when the facts are skewed. (…)

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