Even though he insists that there is not a third presidential campaign in his future, former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney sure seems to be everywhere and addressing the presidential rumors quite a bit.
The latest comes during a discussion about who would make a better president, Mitt Romney or Hillary Clinton. The discussion is likely spurred by a poll of Iowa voters showing Romney and Clinton leading their rivals in the Republican and Democratic caucuses, respectively.
In an interview on Fox News Sunday this morning (September 7), Romney was asked who would be a better president should the two meet in a hypothetical 2016 general election matchup.
Romney took the opportunity to explain to host Chris Wallace why he was the obvious choice, in his opinion.
“No question about that in my mind…
“The American people may disagree with me… But, look, you’ve got to get this economy going. You have to have people who understand what it takes to create jobs and to help people come out of poverty, to help the middle class to have a better and prosperous future. You’ve got to have that understanding…
“You’ve also got to have people who’ve actually run something…. The government of the United States is the largest enterprise in the world. You watched a president who just doesn’t understand how to make an administration work, how to interact with Congress, how to get things done. You have to have those things. I don’t think Hillary Clinton has that experience.”
And while Romney took the opportunity to tout himself as far better and ready to take the office as president than Clinton, it was all following repeated denials that he would run again. Though he has said he has no plans to run and will support the eventual Republican nominee, he recently said during a radio interview that circumstances could change, according to the Deseret News.
And according to Boston Herald columnist Kimberly Atkins, those circumstances could prove right for a Romney presidential campaign in two years.
“But here’s the kicker: Circumstances actually can change, especially if Jeb Bush opts against jumping in the race, leaving Republicans with scandal-scarred Chris Christie and a fairly uninspiring list of also-rans from 2012. No one on that list sounds like the kind of dream candidate Romney described. Mitt just may be the best that the Republicans have to offer, and that is saying something.
“Perhaps that’s why Romney, amid all his denials, didn’t slam the door on the idea of one more run. He didn’t leave it open, or even unlocked, but he let everyone know the key is under the mat.”
If Romney does choose to run again, he is probably hoping to win by a wider margin than 2012’s total — eight votes.
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