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Romney may return?

Well, color me surprised.

Mitt Romney was not my first choice for a presidential candidate, but he came third after Duncan Hunter and Fred Thompson. He's far more conservative than McCain, and while there was a question of flip-flopping on some issues, he seemed far more trustworthy than McCain and, God forbid, Clinton or Obama. My support ran to Mitt after the two most conservative candidates left the race, and I was genuinely saddened when he dropped out, especially when he said this:

Now, I disagree with Senator McCain on a number of issues, as you know. But I agree with him on doing whatever it takes to be successful in Iraq, and finding and executing Osama bin Laden. And I agree with him on eliminating Al Qaida and terror worldwide.

Now, if I fight on, in my campaign, all the way to the convention...

I want you to know, I've given this a lot of thought -- I'd forestall the launch of a national campaign and, frankly, I'd make it easier for Senator Clinton or Obama to win.

Frankly, in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign be a part of aiding a surrender to terror.

This isn't an easy decision. I hate to lose.

My family, my friends, you, my supporters across the country, you've given a great deal to get me to where I have a shot to becoming president. If this were only about me, I'd go on. But it's never been only about me. I entered this race -- I entered this race because I love America. And because I love America, in this time of war, I feel I have to now stand aside for our party and for our country.

I will continue to stand for conservative principles. I'll fight alongside you for all the things we believe in. And one of the things we believe in is that we cannot allow the next president of the United States to retreat in the face of evil extremism.


And so, Romney bowed out gracefully, something that Mike Huckabee cannot seem to get the hang of. And I was supremely disappointed that he dropped out, because he was the closest we had left to a conservative, even though some thought Mitt Romney would be unelectable in the general election (I disagree).

Well, there may yet be some hope -- he may be returning to the race.

Josh Romney, one of former Gov. Mitt Romney's five sons, says it's "possible" his father may rejoin the race for the White House, either as a vice presidential candidate or seek to become the Republican Party's standard bearer if the campaign of Sen. John McCain falters.

He's asked about speculation that given the McCain troubles his father might re-enter the Republican race either as a candidate for the top spot or as the party nominee's vice presidential partner and Romney replies it's "possible." Then, he adds, "unlikely, but possible."
It was the first sign from the Romney camp or family that the former Massachusetts governor's political plans for 2008 were anything but over.

Such a move could provide a possible rallying point for conservatives, who awaited a perfect conservative candidate and held back from supporting Romney all during 2007 while the campaigns of other conservatives including Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback and Fred Thompson collapsed.


I would love to see Mitt reenter the race, as a vice presidential candidate or, even better, as a presidential candidate once again. He would be a vast improvement over McCain and Huckabee.

I still think that if McCain ends up our nominee we need to be united behind him. But I think we all would be able to do that much more willingly with Mitt Romney as our candidate. It's a long shot, but it's hope, and isn't that one of the keywords of this election season anyways?


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Comments (34)

Very well stated and I coul... (Below threshold)

Very well stated and I couldn't agree more.

Awaiting just such an event... (Below threshold)

Awaiting just such an event myself! 2012 is a long way off...

A very long way off with Ob... (Below threshold)

A very long way off with Obama, Hillary or McCain in the White House!

He has flip-flopped (as you... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

He has flip-flopped (as you pointed out) on every ever position he has taken, so why not?

There is no enthusiasm for ... (Below threshold)
914:

There is no enthusiasm for the current crop of candidates and McCain is going to be labeled as a white grumpy racist in the general election. so yes there needs to be a better option.

I don't see why it's even a... (Below threshold)
Tim:

I don't see why it's even a story. Someone posed a hypothetical question to his son, and he basically replied, "yeah, I guess".

First, if such a situation ... (Below threshold)
sam:

First, if such a situation arose that Romney may want to jump back in the race, he may as well save his money and time. The presidential race will be decided by then, and no amount of last-minute manoeuvering is going to help win the presidency.

Second, Romney did not sell. Face reality. Nobody outside his home states (MA, MI, and UT) warmed up to him. In the deeply religious-conservative South, he came a distant third to McCain and Huckabee. In more moderate states (CA, FL, NY, NJ, IL, CT), where his business/fiscal conservatism should have been a natural for Republicans, he got blown away by McCain by double-digit margins. Nobody likes him, neither fiscal nor social conservatives.

Please. Mccain will never b... (Below threshold)
cons3rvative:

Please. Mccain will never beat either democrat. Romney never was and never will be a conservative. Huckabee always was and will be.

Mccain and Romney both acted pro-choice, and both supported gay rights. Mccain is soft on immigration, and romney is soft on our war with Iraq.

good grief, if he does come back and gets the nomination, I'm giving up on our party.

I agree 100% We need to ge... (Below threshold)

I agree 100% We need to get Romney in as VP. Our site has come up with a strategy to do it. We are also forming a PAC to get the funds to get it out to the public. Let's not accept less than our best available choice....even if we have to make it. www.unitethegop.com

He has flip-flopped (as you... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica, Immigrant:

He has flip-flopped (as you pointed out) on every ever position he has taken, so why not?
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That 's true given Obama's flip-flopping still makes him the messiah of the liberal left. At least Romney has more business and executive experience. Also Romney will be more friendly towards surviving aborted babies and less friendly towards the terrorists and their sponsors.


This is just wild but meani... (Below threshold)

This is just wild but meaningless speculation. WHAT sort of "McCain troubles" could make such a scenario possible - without simultaneously ruining any chance the Republican nominee might have?

And "running for Veep" is nonsense, too. The Veeps are chosen by the nominee, and if there is anyone McCain will NEVER EVER choose, it is Romney, for the bitter back-and-forth between the two early in the campaign. Sure, McCain gave as good as he got and none of the Romney stuff was actually "personal," but McCain is well known for carrying grudges, and Romney hasn't shown the ability to bring anything to a ticket.

My money is on Pawlenty. He is conservative, young, a Governor, endorsed McCain early, and could help in the Great Lakes and Upper Midwest states.

I have followed Mitt Romney... (Below threshold)
Tal:

I have followed Mitt Romney's campaign for 14 months, and some of the media has done him a deep disservice. Frankly, I not only think he truly is conservative, but he is a leader of action who will actually bring about some very needed conservative breakthroughs, which most would not be able to accomplish.

McCain will be the sacrific... (Below threshold)

McCain will be the sacrificial lamb slaughtered at the altar of Obama.

Your best bet is start gearing up for 2016 after Obama's eight years are done.

Thompson was and still is m... (Below threshold)
Rayman:

Thompson was and still is my choice. Reports(probably from McCain camp like the other false reports about Fred) says Fred is calling for us to rally behind the party(McCain). Only one story at the Washington Post can be found NOWHERE else! Another sight you may want to check out launched this weekend and is well on it's way. http://www.thompsoncoalition.com

Mitt back? That would thril... (Below threshold)
Shelby:

Mitt back? That would thrill me beyond words! I always felt he was the best choice for a number of reasons, and that the media really gave him a bad rap.

As another poster said, 2012 is a long time to wait. Let's keep our fingers crossed!

I'm hoping after the Texas primary, Huckaphony will FINALLY get his arse out of the race he has no chance of winning!

McCain will be the... (Below threshold)
SteveC:
McCain will be the sacrificial lamb slaughtered at the altar of Obama.

Your best bet is start gearing up for 2016 after Obama's eight years are done.

13. Posted by Larkin

"...slaughtered at the altar of Obama."

Do you really have this much disdain for the intelligence of people out there Larkin? As we closer and close to November, it's going to be painfully obvious how close your new messiah is to Marx. And how close he is with terrorists like William Ayers, communists like Frank Marshall Davis and stumping for socialists like Bernie Sanders.

He can talk about change and "hope" all he wants, but people will reject the idea of the Global Poverty Act, since it's just a tax on American prosperity.

Romney won't be back, like ... (Below threshold)
irongrampa:

Romney won't be back, like it or no.(And I don't-Fred was my choice) I'll vote McCain simply because I believe there will BE a country left at the end of his term. Hillary, or even worse, Obama,will provide no such guarantee.

What "troubles" is McCain h... (Below threshold)
Michael:

What "troubles" is McCain having? This is a silly post. Romney is not coming back...it is too late anyway.

Don't think it will happen,... (Below threshold)
Katrina:

Don't think it will happen, but it's great to think about Romney back in the race:)

I've never been more impressed with a presidential candidate. Some of the media didn't like him - but I saw experience, capability and a great family man.

If not this year, it sounds like there are a lot of us are ready to draft him in 2012.

I have oft seen the comment... (Below threshold)
Carla:

I have oft seen the comment that Romney only caught on in 3 states. Yet he won 11 states and came in 2nd in most of the others before he withdrew. Florida was winner take all, and hardly indicative of disdain from the voters there.

He has far more traction than some are willing to credit him for.

On the other hand, support for McCain is a very weak and tenuous thing. Many Reps are preferring the prospect of Obama to the prospect of sending an out-of-control McCain to anger management and charm school.

Many Reps are preferring th... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica, Immigrant:

Many Reps are preferring the prospect of Obama to the prospect of sending an out-of-control McCain to anger management and charm school.
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Not sure charm is inherent with Romney though. Also not sure that many republicans would rather have Obama 's extremist liberal agenda of "killing babies, not terrorists" big gov.

From a life long Republican... (Below threshold)
Headzero:

From a life long Republican

IF McCain choses Romney as VP - I will vote for him, otherwise, its Obama because I don't want Hillary in the Whitehouse again. If it's McCain vs Hillary, I might vote Nader in disgust.

Both parties are on a self destruct course and there is no stopping them no matter the outcome.

I can't wait for the American Whigs to come back.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patriot_%28American_Revolution%29

Hillary and Obama may be ve... (Below threshold)
eric:

Hillary and Obama may be very similar agenda-wise, and that being the case, I think many then just prefer Obama's temperment. It might be felt that he would set a less divisive tone, leading to all-round less bitterness and resentment.

If you have to deal with a left-wing agenda, and that's looking pretty dang likely, at least let it not be a left-wing agenda PLUS all the corrpution that comes with the Clintons.

OK, so you are just enamore... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica, Immigrant:

OK, so you are just enamored by the talk. Obama pursued an extremist, no-compromise, liberal agenda. How can it be less divisive? Unless agenda is not that important to you. In terms of corruption, I am not even so sure about Obama either. His willingness to associate with domestic terrorist groups and people like Tony Rezko do not speak well of his corruption either.

BTW, this "tone" business i... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica, Immigrant:

BTW, this "tone" business is another example of the liberals' hypocrisy. Bush had the right tone. He even worked with Ted Kennedy on the education bill, but liberals didn't care about tone. They care about their liberal agenda. That 's why I don't see how real conservatives can be fooled by this cheap ploy of "tone".

BTW, for whatever it is wor... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica, Immigrant:

BTW, for whatever it is worth to the Obama followers

McCain Has Less Core Opposition Than Clinton or Obama

Look, there IS going to be ... (Below threshold)
Carla:

Look, there IS going to be a left-wing agenda of some kind. And it's only a matter of what brand of corruption you prefer and what kind of raving control-freak you less abhor....

If people wanted honesty they could have voted for Ron Paul. If they wanted fiscal responsibility they could have voted for Ron Paul. If they wanted the country to abide by the gamebook they could have chosen Ron Paul. If all they wanted was a nice guy they could STILL have voted for Ron Paul.

If the idea of living responsibly seemed too nutty and they wanted politics as usual, but the most COMPETENT guy, they could have voted for Romney.

Now we're left with the dregs because that is what people wanted.

Carla - the people did not ... (Below threshold)
Michael:

Carla - the people did not want your guy....they wanted the the other guy...actually my guy...so deal with it.

Disagree.Huckabee ... (Below threshold)
reuel:

Disagree.

Huckabee is the best Candidate.
Compare:
1. faith
Huckabee is stedfast.
McCain would not even get baptised (immersed) although he claims to attend a Baptist church.
2. Family
Huckabee kept his vow even when Janet at 20yo may be paralized from waist down due to spine cancer.
McCain? Broke vows more than once. Ask Carol (1st wife) not Cindy (current wife).
3. Freedom
Pro-Life.
McCain is just compromising. Not sincere.
Huckabee is passionate. Why he thinks about the weak and unborn not given a chance to live, how can he just "abort" his campaign????
3. Finance.
McCain is a "cheat". Already spent 90% of FEC limit and is trying to get around the limit of the law he himself created with Feingold.
Huckabee follows law created by stupid McCain-Feingold law.
4. Management
McCain has not have CEO experience.
Huckabee has been Governor for 10.5 years and (whatever the critics try to say) the people of Arkansas still respects and vote for him.
5. Sitting Senators NOT good as President.
McCain (+ Obama, + Clinton) are all sitting Senators. In history only 2 SITTING SENATORS have ever been elected president. And both of them died in office.
Huckabee is the only - non sitting Senator.

VOTE HUCKABEE for President.

Romney lost to Huckabee (he is out of the race). FULLSTOP.

You guys need to wake up. ... (Below threshold)
Joe:

You guys need to wake up. The democrats and republican ARE THE SAME. ITS called NEOCONSERVATISM. Think McCain is a war hero, look up what him and his buddy JOHN KERRY did in the Senate to the POW/MIA soldiers. Romney's a pompous fake and Huckabee a doofus. They are just as bad as the democrats they all want more uncalled for war (profit) and to suck the American People dry. And for those that say the war in Iraq was called for, try educating yourself with something other than Fox News or CNN, maybe try the 9/11 Commission report or the CIA Officer in charge of capturing Bin Laden Michael Schueur.

For Mormons wondering for w... (Below threshold)
Carol:

For Mormons wondering for whom to vote, who does not violate the principles they ascribe to:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZNfuIvtLos&feature=related

reuel - wakeup... McCain is... (Below threshold)
Michael:

reuel - wakeup... McCain is the nominee...the Huckster is the loser.

Carol: I don't kno... (Below threshold)
Jack:

Carol:

I don't know if you are a Mormon or are just hoping to persuade them. But cool video!

Michael:Like I sai... (Below threshold)
Carla:

Michael:

Like I said, enough people seemed to want your guy -- one of those dregs of society I mentioned -- and I am dealing with it.

I guess I'll be writing in Ron Paul.

There really isn't much alternative. The premise of Ron Paul's candidacy is entirely different from the corruption-as-usual candidates. One can try to sift through them and make sincere guesses as to who will do the least amount of damage, and which liar is the least pathological, and which one you HOPE will do what you think he sorta said, or which one you hope will NOT do what you think he sorta said -- but they are ALL steering America down the path of irresponsibility and bankruptcy.

None of you would manage your own households in this way. Or if you did, you would at least have a hard time sleeping at night because you know you will have to pay the piper.

It is encouraging to see so many young people tuning in to Ron Paul. There might be hope for America if they can pick up the ball and veer us away from this country's credit-card mentality.




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