It’s Easy As ABC: Anybody But Bush Or Christie

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With 21 months until the 2016 presidential race, the GOP field of candidates is large and impressive. Approximately two dozen prominent Republicans have expressed an interest in running for President. Most of the candidates are strong conservatives with solid credentials. Unfortunately, the field also includes two well known moderates, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who both have the ability to raise large sums of money and become a major factor in the upcoming election.

The most serious establishment candidate is former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who is the odds on favorite to secure the presidential nomination. Bush is actually leading in the polls with the most name recognition. With a brother and father who served as President, Jeb Bush will be difficult to beat.

In recent weeks, he has been aggressively working to lock up big donors and key activists. His campaign organization has been growing so steadily that it forced former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney to exit the race. In early January, Romney announced to a small gathering of donors that he was interested in running for President a third time. However, when he started trying to build a campaign network across the country, Romney realized that Jeb Bush has already signed up many of the top GOP contributors and consultants. Romney soon came to the realization that he could not raise enough money to seriously challenge Bush for the nomination. Thus, three weeks after floating a trial balloon expressing interest, Romney officially decided not to run for President.

Bush is a good man from a good family; but he is wrong on an array of issues such as taxes, immigration, and common core. He made the ludicrous comment that Romney lost in 2012 because he ran too far to the right. The country does not want or need another person with the last name of Bush as President. Even Barbara Bush admitted as much in an interview last year. Unfortunately, too many big Bush donors do not realize this fact, showing how seriously out of touch they are with real Americans.

For those moderates who are not enamored with Bush, they have a viable alternative: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who is currently in Europe trying to burnish his foreign policy credentials. Christie met with Romney last week, as the former Massachusetts Governor left the race. Christie is considered a moderate on social issues such as gay marriage. He is soft on immigration and has supported the Dream Act. In addition, Christie is a strong supporter of strict gun laws, which may be popular in New Jersey but is likely to be very unpopular in the South. Sadly, like Bush, Christie is just wrong on too many issues.

The moderate wing of the Republican Party, otherwise known as the establishment, has controlled the GOP nomination process since the Reagan years. This wing of the party is usually at odds with the more conservative or grassroots wing of the party, which is often associated with the Tea Party movement. Most moderates view the Tea Party activists with disdain and will work tirelessly to prevent a conservative from achieving the nomination in 2016.

The problem with this scenario is that the moderates are very successful at winning the Republican Party nomination, but horrible at winning the presidential election. As evidence, we can view the failed presidential campaigns of George H. W. Bush, Bob Dole, John McCain, and Mitt Romney. The last true conservative who won the Republican nomination, Ronald Reagan, won a 49 state electoral landslide.

If the Republican Party wants to win the White House again, a conservative needs to be nominated for President. This should be a foregone conclusion, but it is a subject of much debate within the GOP. The establishment wing of the party believes that only candidates like Bush and Christie can reach the Independent voters who are in play for every presidential election. In contrast, only a conservative nominee can reach the blue collar Reagan Democrats who are not typically Republican voters and unite the various groups within the party such as libertarians and evangelicals. Only a conservative presidential nominee will be able to draw a sharp distinction with a liberal Democrat candidate, such as Hillary Clinton, on the critical fiscal, social, and foreign policy issues that will be addressed in the campaign.

In 2016, it will take a strong conservative to win the White House for the GOP and defeat the Democrats. By the next election, our country will have suffered through eight years of a dangerously liberal President. It will be essential for a true conservative to become our next President and rebuild our economy and bolster our national security.

Conservatism works as a framework for both governing and winning elections. Hopefully, a majority of Republican Party voters will come to this realization in time to save their party and, more importantly, save their country.

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What Mitt Romney Just Did, Say Insiders, Shows He’s Made Up His Mind About 2016

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In an interview with ABC News less than two months ago, Ann Romney said that her feelings about her husband running again for president were quite strong — she was against it.

“We’re not doing that again,” she said.

“It’s a no,” adding that when friends, family and former aides urge them to give it one more go, she says it’s “kind of cute.”

The former Massachusetts governor, 67, has himself been vague on the subject of another bid for the White House. Romney told The New York Times in September, “Circumstances can change…. We’ll see what happens.”

Now, one might ask, if circumstances may indeed be changing, considering what the two-time presidential contender has just done. And one might ask if Ann Romney, Mitt’s wife of 45 years, thinks that her husband’s apparently renewed interest in running is “kind of cute.”

According to a businessinsider.com post that’s generating a lot of renewed speculation, Mitt Romney held meetings in New York this week with big donors from previous campaigns. This left at least one attendee, a Romney insider, convinced the governor has made up his mind — he is running again for president.

A member of Romney’s inner circle who spoke to Business Insider said the former governor of Massachusetts traveled to New York City on Monday where he met with key financial backers of his past campaigns to lay the groundwork for a 2016 White House bid.

This reported donor meeting came the week after a fresh poll of New Hampshire voters showed Romney a clear favorite among potential Republican rivals for the nomination. As reported on politico.com:

Romney leads with 30 percent of the vote in a Bloomberg Politics/St. Anselm New Hampshire poll released Monday.

It is a healthy 19-point lead over other possible GOP names, including Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who trails at 11 percent.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie received 9 percent, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush won 8 percent, and Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon and conservative commentator, follows with 6 percent.

Business Insider also notes that Romney’s meetings this week are among several recent efforts to reconnect with former donors and campaign staff.

In October, The Washington Post reported on a “flurry of behind-the-scenes activity” that Romney’s “friends” said was leading him to “more seriously consider” running for president again.

This activity included multiple meetings with donors and “supporters in key states” as well as an October dinner in Boston that Romney and his wife hosted for “former campaign advisers and business associates.”

So, given that she was apparently at his side for the Boston affair, maybe Ann Romney is, herself, softening to the idea that Mitt will step up to the presidential plate for a third swing at the home run ball that has twice eluded him.

 

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See What Ann Romney Just Said That Signals What Mitt Might Be Thinking About 2016

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At first blush, it would seem that Ann Romney has dismissed any possibility that husband Mitt would mount a third run for the White House. But maybe, just maybe, if Mitt Romney didn’t technically “mount” a presidential run on his own…but there’s a big, insistent “draft Mitt” campaign….

In a Los Angeles Times article about the opening of the new Ann Romney Center for Neurological Diseases in Boston, the wife of the GOP’s 2012 presidential contender was quoted briefly when asked about one more Mitt Romney candidacy.

On another matter that has been the subject of much political babbling lately — a potential third run for president by her husband — Ann Romney was happy to wave off the possibility.

“Done,” she said. “Completely. Not only Mitt and I are done, but the kids are done,” she said, referring to her five sons. “Done. Done. Done.”

But that ostensibly closed and locked door was then cracked open a bit, with a further question and answer:

Asked whether there were any circumstances under which she would encourage the former Massachusetts governor to attempt another run — or if she would support him if he wanted to run — she said she hadn’t “been pushed to that point mentally,” but that they would make the decision together.

In summary then, Ann Romney is a “maybe definitely not…yet” when it comes to Mitt’s 2016 presidential aspirations. Which brings us to what Mr. Romney himself is doing and possibly thinking.

A front-page article in Tuesday’s Washington Post notes that on a campaign swing through Iowa for the GOP’s senatorial candidate Joni Ernst, Romney was both privately and publicly urged to run.

When Romney and Ernst gathered in a West Des Moines boardroom with about 40 agriculture executives Sunday night, one businessman after another pleaded with Romney to give the White House another shot.

And at a rally for Ernst in Cedar Rapids on Monday, the state legislator who introduced Romney said, “If his address was 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, I would sleep a lot better.” After Romney and Ernst finished speaking, some activists chanted, “Run, Mitt, run!”

Thus could one be witnessing the early stages of a possible “draft Mitt” effort — a relatively quiet effort so far that could hardly be called a “campaign,” but one that Romney associates say the twice-failed presidential contender has not tried to discourage.

Romney has huddled with prominent donors and reconnected with supporters in key states in recent months. Because of the vacuum of power within his party and the lack of a clear 2016 front-runner, confidants said Romney is grappling with this question: If drafted, would he answer the party’s call?

Then there’s a new Iowa poll mentioned in a Western Journalism post on Monday — a speculative poll that matched Mitt Romney against Hillary Clinton in 2016.

…a Des Moines Register-Bloomberg News poll released over the weekend showing that Romney is the only potential 2016 candidate who would beat Hillary Rodham Clinton (D) among likely Iowa voters, 44 percent to 43 percent.

 

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Watch: Romney Tells Hilarious Obama Joke Just As New Iowa Polls Leave GOP Smiling

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Could there be a connection? A connection between the Obama joke Mitt Romney told at a campaign appearance for Joni Ernst in Iowa and the GOP candidate’s rise in the polls?

And what about the new survey showing that — even though neither potential candidate has announced a run for the White House — Mitt beats Hillary in a head-to-head presidential contest?

As The Hill reports:

The 2012 Republican presidential nominee had some fun at President Obama’s expense over the weekend while campaigning for GOP Senate candidate Joni Ernst in Iowa.

“Now when you run for office, people tell you you shouldn’t tell jokes,” Romney said, according to the Washington Free Beacon. “But I’m not running for office, so I can tell one.”

You can see the joke Mitt Romney told by clicking the video above.

As for the improved poll numbers for the GOP’s Ernst, rasmussenreports.com has details:

The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Iowa Voters finds Ernst picking up 48% of the vote to Braley’s 45%. One percent (1%) like another candidate, and five percent (5%) are undecided.

Then there’s the interesting new poll that shows Mitt Romney would beat Hillary Clinton in Iowa if they were matched up today in a presidential contest. Via newsmax.com:

A new Bloomberg/Des Moines Register poll shows the former Secretary of State trailing former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in a hypothetical presidential contest in Iowa. Forty-four percent of likely Iowa voters said they would back Romney in a head to head match-up with Clinton, while just 43 percent would vote for Clinton.

Of course, as he introduced the Obama joke, remember that Romney said he’s not running for office.

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Watch: In Just 39 Seconds, Mitt Romney Made Hillary Look Like The Worst Secretary Of State Ever

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In a shortsighted foreign policy that has since earned the likely 2016 presidential contender significant criticism, Hillary Clinton brought a big red ‘reset’ button along with her to a 2009 meeting with Russia’s foreign minister. Meant to signify a new era of civility between the two nations, hostility between the U.S. and Russia has increased precipitously over the past several months.

Nonetheless, Business Insider points out that Clinton continued to defend the photo opportunity as recently as last month.

Asserting that the “reset worked,” the former secretary of state described her ploy as “an effort to try to obtain Russian cooperation on some key objectives while [Dmitry] Medvedev was president.”

For Mitt Romney, who warned of the threat Russia potentially posed to the U.S. as a presidential candidate in 2012, Clinton’s move only exasperated a situation already being mishandled by Barack Obama.

In a recent Fox News interview, Romney addressed his growing concerns with host Megyn Kelly.

He concluded that Obama “underestimated Russia” and lambasted Clinton’s approach.

“This whole reset policy with Hillary Clinton, smiling ear to ear, pressing a red reset button,” he said, “I think is one of the most embarrassing incidents in American foreign policy.”

He expressed criticism that went beyond the administration’s position regarding Russia.

“I can’t begin to explain the president’s foreign policy,” he said.

In light of Clinton’s public statement opposing Obama’s stance on international issues, Romney wondered how a woman who served as his secretary of state could feasibly remove herself from such decisions.

“I think it’s interesting that she tries to distance herself from the president’s foreign policy,” he said, “given the fact that she was his secretary of state for four years.”

While Clinton attracted backlash from Romney and other Republicans for what struck many as the politically motivated move to disavow Obama’s policies, leftist groups also slammed her statement as being too hawkish.

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