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  • Romney: Future of GOP is 'breaking my heart'

    06/11/2016 2:41:12 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 202 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 11, 2016 | Harper Neidig
    Mitt Romney blasted the Republican Party on Saturday for not doing more to stop presumptive nominee Donald Trump, saying that the prospects for the party are bleak. During a discussion in Park City, Utah, where Romney is hosting his annual conservative summit, the 2012 presidential nominee singled out Trumpís former rivals Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio), the last two candidates to drop out of the race against Trump. "Ted Cruz was basically praising Donald Trump through the whole process," Romney told discussion host and CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer. And Kasich ďwas in well after the time...
  • Romney gave us Obamacare; now if he runs 3D party, elects Hillary, it will never go away

    05/30/2016 12:52:27 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 39 replies
    WilliamIII
    Romneycare in Mass was the model for Obamacare This weekend there are rumors that Hillary Kristol has recruited Romney to run as a Third Party spoiler, perhaps ubsuring a Clinton victory in Nov If that happens, Romney-Obamacre doesn't get repealed; its killer premiums will be with us forever.
  • Itís time to just say it. Iím getting about sick of Mitt Romney.

    05/28/2016 4:09:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 28, 2016 | Jazz Shaw
    Yikes. Iím probably as surprised as anyone else to hear myself saying it, but the producers might want to start cranking up the music and offer a subtle hint to Mitt Romney that itís time to get off the stage. Weíre busy getting ready for the convention in Cleveland and the pieces are pretty much set up on the board, yet it seems that the winner of the 2012 GOP primary canít bring himself to step back and let somebody else get on message. This pattern of behavior was on display yet again this week when Mitt let everyone know...
  • Sorry, we don't take Obamacare

    05/18/2016 4:26:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | May 17, 2016 | By Elisabeth Rosenthal - The New York Times
    Amy Moses and her circle of self-employed small-business owners were supporters of President Barack Obama and the Affordable Care Act. They bought policies on the newly created NY state exchange. But when they called doctors and hospitals in Manhattan to schedule appointments, they were dismayed to be turned away again and again with a common refrain: "We don't take Obamacare," the umbrella epithet for the hundreds of plans offered through the president's signature health legislation. Though their insurance cards look the same as everyone else's the plans are often very different from those provided to most Americans by their employers....
  • ACU Chairman: Mitt Romney Needs to 'Go Home and Be Quiet'

    05/15/2016 8:22:01 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 34 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 5/14/16 | Leah Barkoukis
    Mitt Romney devoted an entire speech back in March to attacking Donald Trump in an effort to steer conservatives away from the businessman. Since then, heís continued hammering the real estate mogul on one issue after another, including Trumpís tax returns. Romney said earlier this week that Trump's refusal to release them was ďdisqualifying.Ē ďI donít know whatís wrong with Mitt Romney. Itís so strange,Ē American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp said on Fox News. ďHe as a candidate didnít even release his taxes until Harry Reid took to the floor and claimed that maybe he didnít pay any income...
  • Bill Kristol meets with Romney, tries to convince him to make a third-party run

    05/09/2016 9:41:19 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 78 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/09/16 | Robert Laurie
    ÖUnless, of course, you're trying to put Hillary in the oval office Donald Trump is a boorish, horrible, human being who fails to live up to even the dismal behavioral standards of Bill Clinton. Heís also not a ďtrue conservativeĒ - whatever that is. This is the message being offered by the #NeverTrumpers who are hell-bent on handing the election to Hillary finding a ďreal dyed-in-the-wool conservativeĒ who will run as a 2016 third party candidate. Because Trump is so odious, someone with honest-to-God ďright-wing credentialsĒ simply must be dragged into the race. To that end, ďreal conservativeĒ and Weekly...
  • Top former Romney aide launches anti-Trump super PAC

    04/25/2016 10:23:42 AM PDT · by detective · 13 replies
    Politico ^ | 01/21/16 | Alex Isenstadt
    With less than two weeks until the Iowa caucuses, a new super PAC has formed with the intention of taking down Donald Trump. The group, which is called Our Principles PAC, is founded by Katie Packer, a veteran Republican strategist who served as deputy campaign manager on Mitt Romneyís 2012 presidential campaign.
  • IT BEGINS: Ryan Releases Presidential Ad (How many times has he said no?)

    04/07/2016 5:29:49 PM PDT · by doldrumsforgop · 131 replies
    breitbart ^ | 4/7/16
    A new video released by House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) 56% has reporters chattering about whether or not it serves as a subtle campaign ad, as his supporters continue to whisper his name as a potential Republican presidential nominee in a brokered convention. The video features footage from Ryanís speech calling for a better brand of politics. That talk implicitly criticized Donald Trumpís brand of campaigning. The video is the latest of a series of web videos produced by his digital communications director Caleb Smith to highlight the Ryan brand of politics. Smithís video includes multiple camera angles, a...
  • Backstage maneuvering begins in wide-open GOP chairmanís race (ROMNEY'S NIECE)

    04/01/2016 11:05:32 AM PDT · by mabelkitty · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/31/2016 | Scott Wong
    Thereís a race in the Republican Party happening far away from the hot media glare, one that doesnít involve a candidate named Trump or Twitter fights or violent protests. In fact, youíve probably never heard of most of the possible leading contenders. Itís the race to succeed Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, whoís expected to step down in January 2017 after a record six years. If Donald Trump or another Republican is elected president this fall, the chairmanís contest will probably be a moot point. Itís tradition for the president to handpick the chairman of his own party. and...
  • Massachusetts Considering Single-Payer Healthcare System

    03/27/2016 7:20:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2016 | Christine Rousselle
    Massachusetts considering a single-payer healthcare system for the state, dubbed "Mass-Care." Lawmakers are currently debating a bill that would move private insurance to a single-payer system for all Massachusetts residents. BOSTON ¬Ė State lawmakers heard arguments Tuesday in favor of a single-payer health insurance system for Massachusetts, with proponents testifying that more needs to be done despite the advances brought on by state and federal law. ¬ďI acknowledge that in Massachusetts we have a great health care system, but it is not a system that works for everyone,¬Ē Sen. Jamie Eldridge, D-Acton, said at a Joint Committee on Health Care...
  • Mitt Romney: It's a "Compliment" to Be Called "Grandfather of ObamaCare"

    03/03/2016 6:13:13 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 35 replies
    The New American ^ | 21 September 2012 | Michael Tennant
    Despite all his talk of repealing and replacing the misnamed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney told an audience September 19 that he takes it as "a compliment" when President Barack Obama calls him "the grandfather of ObamaCare." Appearing at a Univision "Meet the Candidate" forum, Romney touted his own "experience in healthcare reform." That, of course, would be the 2006 healthcare law that Romney signed into law as governor of Massachusetts. That law mandated that all residents carry health insurance or pay a tax penalty and that insurers not discriminate against individuals with pre-existing...
  • Romney to Lay Out Case Against Trump in Speech Thursday

    03/02/2016 11:12:19 AM PST · by maggief · 215 replies
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  • (Vanity) What if Romney DOES get in..? How would you react..?

    02/27/2016 6:51:04 PM PST · by gaijin · 126 replies
    Feb 27, 2016 | Me http://www.ThisIsntRealurl.com
    More and more it seems a real possibility that Mittens might get into the race. Rubio is a little shaky and The Establishment is getting a little desperate. How would you react? If you encountered a neighbor you really liked, what would you say about this? Would you vote for another Republican again..?
  • Mitt Romney: Good Reason to Believe There's a 'Bombshell' in Donald Trump's Taxes

    02/24/2016 2:54:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 129 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 02/24/2016 | David Rutz
    2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Wednesday on Fox News there is good reason to believe there is a "bombshell" to be found in Donald Trump's back taxes. Asked by host Neil Cavuto why he hadn't officially backed a Republican for the 2016 nomination, Romney said he would like to see the back taxes from several of the candidates. Taxes were a sore spot for Romney in 2012, with then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) publicly accusing him of not even paying them. "This will give us a real sense of whether these people are on the up...
  • Rep. Upton: Under GOP President, Congress Will be ‚ÄėReady‚Äô to Repeal, Replace Obamacare

    02/20/2016 10:55:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 19, 2016 | 10:34 AM EST | Jose R. Gonzalez
    Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) says that Congress will be prepared to successfully repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, if a Republican president is elected in November. "If a Republican president is sworn into office in only 11 months, we are going to be ready," Upton said. "That is the challenge that Speaker [Paul] Ryan put before us." [...] In laying out the main elements of the Republican replacement proposal, the 15-term congressman also noted that it will remove several key features of the ACA. ...
  • Cold Anger Report: Speaker Paul Ryan EXPANDING Taxpayer Bailout For ObamaCare Insurance Providers

    11/25/2015 6:52:41 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 25 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 11-25-2015 | sundance
    November 25, 2015 Cold Anger Report: Speaker Paul Ryan EXPANDING Taxpayer Bailout For ObamaCare Insurance Providers by sundance Yes, it‚Äôs that time of year when the ‚ÄúOmnibus‚ÄĚ spending kicks into overdrive. Washington DC loves it when the electorate are distracted with the Holiday Festivities. This year we taxpayers get yet another round of usurpation from the Progressive Republican GOPe critters, led now by Paul Ryan, who infect the spending body.SPEAKER Ryan and his team of spending enthusiasts is getting ready to ‚Äúbail out‚ÄĚ, meaning give, the ObamaCare health insurance carriers an influx of EVEN MORE money: WASHINGTON DC ‚Äď [‚Ķ]...
  • Mitt Romney still a 'no' on 2016 though calls coming in

    11/15/2015 11:11:25 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | November 14, 2015 | Jeff Zeleny, Gloria Borger and Jedd Rosche
    (CNN)‚ÄĒSorry Mitt Romney fans: He's just not that in to running for president. Fresh off a new Washington Post report that GOP establishment leaders are calling on Romney, who has run and lost twice before, to reconsider his decision to stay out of the 2016 race, associates of the 2012 Republican presidential nominee tell CNN there are a lot of "in bound" calls but that there are "no signs" he's changed his mind. One friend of Romney's said there were some calls to Romney confidant Beth Meyers and others in his circle asking him to consider being a lifeline to...
  • Predicting which party will win the White House: follow the numbers

    11/14/2015 8:33:50 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 11/15/2015 | By Eric Fehrnstrom
    It's hard to keep up with the twists and turns in this presidential race. Hillary Clinton under fire on Benghazi! Ben Carson has a theory about the pyramids! Bernie Sanders wrote about rape fantasies! Donald Trump . . . well, Donald Trump! Figuring out which headline will have the biggest impact on the general election is a bit of a parlor game. But what if they have no impact at all? After the 2012 election, political scientists John Sides and Lynn Vavreck wrote a book called"The Gamble"that looked at the cause of President Obama's victory over Mitt Romney. They sifted...
  • Time for GOP panic? Establishment worried Carson or Trump might win

    11/13/2015 5:03:26 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 13, 2015 | Philip Rucker and Robert Costa
    Less than three months before the kickoff Iowa caucuses, there is growing anxiety bordering on panic among Republican elites about the dominance and durability of Donald Trump and Ben Carson and widespread bewilderment over how to defeat them. Party leaders and donors fear that nominating either man would have negative ramifications for the GOP ticket up and down the ballot, virtually ensuring a Hillary Rodham Clinton presidency and increasing the odds that the Senate falls into Democratic hands. The party establishment is paralyzed. Big money is still on the sidelines. No consensus alternative to the outsiders has emerged from the...
  • Obamacare Heading for Life Support: Humana drops 100,000 patients, citing unexpectedly higher costs.

    11/07/2015 11:50:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11/06/2015 | by Michael Walsh
    The misbegotten mess known as the Patient Deflection and Unaffordable Care Act is really starting to collapse: Humana said it will discontinue several products offered on government-run exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, impacting about 100,000 individuals currently covered by the insurer's plans across the country. The move, disclosed this morning in the company's third-quarter earnings report, comes due to higher-than expected medical costs from sick newly insured patients covered under the health law."Operating results for the company's individual commercial medical business continue to be challenged primarily due to the volatility related to the start of the healthcare exchange...
  • After call on House speakership, Romney calls Ryan 'man of ideas'

    10/10/2015 8:27:01 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/9/15 | Steve Holland
    Former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, after speaking with Representative Paul Ryan about the race for speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, said on Friday that Ryan was a "man of ideas." "I wouldn't presume to tell Paul what to do, but I do know that he is a man of ideas who is driven to see them applied for the public good," Romney said in a statement provided to Reuters after he spoke by telephone with Ryan, who is being urged to run for the top House post.
  • Romney ticks off viable GOP candidates; excludes Trump, doesnít mention Carson

    09/30/2015 11:06:08 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 71 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 9/30/15 | Stephen Dinan
    Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney listed a half-dozen Republican candidates he said could qualify as mainstream conservatives his party could live with in a general election ó and said he didnít think Donald J. Trump was one of those. Mr. Romney, a two-time candidate who was the partyís standard-bearer in 2012, ticked off New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and businesswoman Carly Fiorina as viable options. -snip- Mr. Romney did not mention retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who along with Mr....
  • 2016 and the Romney Factor

    09/29/2015 7:11:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Observer ^ | September 29, 2015 | Bernie Quigley
    After two debates, five Republican candidates jump directly to mind when I think of who would make an effective president in 2016 by temperament and abilities. None of them will be on the stage in the next debate. They are my New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte, who has also been suggested by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney; South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, whose singular leadership has effectively brought the Palmetto State through the greatest positive changes in business and culture since integration; Governor Brian Sandoval of Nevada, a sterling, contemporary representative of Western conservatismís infectious business spirit; General David Petraeus;...
  • Mitt Romney, your party needs you!

    09/11/2015 9:38:17 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 163 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | Sept 11 2015 | Michael Cohen
    THERE IS one man who can save the Republican Party, and his name is Mitt Romney. Seriously. Seven years after Romney crashed and burned in the 2008 Republican primary and three years after he beat a weak GOP presidential field before losing to President Obama, he is still the partyís best hope of winning back the White House.
  • Donors want Mitt to jump in again???? ~ Vanity

    08/31/2015 7:46:15 PM PDT · by GraceG · 46 replies
    I mean it sounds like Jeb has fizzled and the GOPe are looking to hedge their bets by trying to woo Mittens McRomomom the wonder kitten to take the Jebsters place as the establishment pick... Talk about "Throwing Good money after Bad"....
  • Mitt Romney: GOP kingmaker?

    07/07/2015 12:36:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 7, 2015 | By Kevin Truong
    Mitt Romney's backing helped several candidates emerge from a crowded primary field and be successful in the 2014 midterm elections. He's aiming to do the same for presidential candidates in 2016. Many observers expected Mitt Romney to slink away from politics after his defeat in the 2012 presidential election, but the former Massachusetts governor has instead embraced a new role as an elder statesman and kingmaker within the Republican Party. While he has shied away from open campaigning, Mr. Romney has taken to tacitly supporting the more moderate, establishment-friendly candidates in a packed and ideologically tangled field. ďRomney, who flirted...
  • GOP lawmakers: Time to move on from Obamacare repeal

    06/25/2015 5:43:15 PM PDT · by C19fan · 45 replies
    Politico ^ | June 25, 2015 | Manu Raju and Burgess Everett
    Republicans have tried to kill the health care law twice at the Supreme Court, only to be rebuffed. Theyíve held more than 50 repeal votes, virtually all of which have died in the Senate. They tried to defund the law through the spending process, but the government shut down instead. As Republicans process Thursdayís sharp rebuke at the hands of the Supreme Court, theyíre struggling with what to do next ó beset by internal divisions and procedural roadblocks that severely limit their options.
  • Romney: Bush has 'lived conservatism'

    06/14/2015 4:40:04 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 63 replies
    thehill.com ^ | june 14, 2015 | mark hensch
    Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) said on Sunday that Republicans should not doubt the conservative credentials of possible GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush. Romney argued that Bush, Floridaís former governor, would proudly represent conservative values should he seek the White House in 2016. ďGovernor Bush is a man of integrity,Ē Romney, the 2012 GOP nominee, told host Chuck Todd on NBCís ďMeet the Press.Ē ďHe has very strong record,Ē he said. ďHe doesnít have to speak his way into conservatism, heís lived conservatism.Ē Romneyís praise comes as Bush weighs an Oval Office bid next election cycle. He is expected to...
  • Mitt Romneyís right-hand man: Iíd still like to see him run in 2016

    06/14/2015 4:48:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 12, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Don¬ít dump on my dream, okay? I took enough abuse last night for being man enough to admit that a pizza with pigs in a blanket in place of the crust sounds kind of good, come to think of it. You know what else sounds good? A battle-royal primary where Marco Rubio is throwing chairs at Rand Paul and Scott Walker is smashing Ted Cruz¬ís head into the turnbuckle and suddenly, ¬ďHey wait, that¬ís Mitt Romney¬ís music.¬Ē I¬ím tired of being punished for my bravery in uttering difficult truths. Robert Costa ‚úĒ ‚Äé@costareports Mitt donor whisperer Spencer Zwick meets the...
  • Republican field looks to Romney for í16 help

    06/11/2015 5:20:45 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/11/2015 | Niall Stanage
    At least six Republican candidates for the presidency are headed to Utah for a summit hosted by Mitt Romney that begins on Thursday. If the old saying that you learn more in defeat than in victory is true, Romney has plenty to teach. ďI think thereís a lot you can learn from talking with a candidate who has run and won, but thereís also a lot you can learn from a candidate who has run and lost,Ē said Craig Robinson, a former political director of the Republican Party of Iowa. ďThere were clearly problems with the Romney campaign but if...
  • Mitt Romney called top VP pick in 2016

    06/01/2015 12:33:40 PM PDT · by VinL · 70 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Paul Bedard
    Saying it's "obvious," best-selling author and national talk show host Hugh Hewitt is urging all of the nearly two dozen potential Republican presidential candidates to pick 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney as their vice presidential choice. In his upcoming book The Queen, directed at Hillary Rodham Clinton, Hewitt said that Romney has the influence and status of former Vice President Dick Cheney, making him a formidable campaigner and White House partner. That, he added in the book provided to Secrets, will force Clinton to make an equally top-notch pick, not somebody like Joe Biden, the "lovable dolt" chosen by Barack...
  • Yet Another ĎRepublicaní Betrayal on ObamaCare

    05/07/2015 6:44:28 PM PDT · by WXRGina · 33 replies
    American Clarion ^ | May 7, 2014 | Bob Ellis
    If you live in a state like South Dakota, youíve become used to ďRepublicansĒ selling out the Constitution, the rule of law, and the American people on ObamaCare. Weíve seen our former governor and newly minted U.S. Senator RINO Mike Rounds, our current governor RINO Dennis Daugaard, and a host of other ďRepublicanĒ leaders in state government sell us out on ObamaCare. And weíve seen ďRepublicansĒ in Washington D.C. sell us out on ObamaCare, with one of the biggest surrenders a couple of years ago when they had a chance to defund this unconstitutional monstrosity before it ever got...
  • Hey, that GOP Obamacare alternative sure looks a lot like Obamacare

    04/20/2015 9:25:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/20/2015 | Noah Rothman
    Republicans have a plan if the Supreme Court guts Obamacare this summer by stripping the government of the ability to provide to the states that declined to set up insurance exchanges with federal subsidies¬Ö and it looks quite a bit like Obamacare. If the Court does interpret the Affordable Care Act literally, then it will compel the federal government to withdraw subsidies from millions of Obamacare beneficiaries. That will make the health coverage those individuals obtained through the ACA in recent years prohibitively expensive, and many will find themselves once again uninsured. This is a double-edged sword for Republicans....
  • Romneyís Consideration of Candidacy Is Closely Tied to His Faith, Allies Say

    01/26/2015 4:01:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 25, 2015 | Ashley Parker and Alex Thompson
    prominent Republican delivered a direct request to Mitt Romney not long ago: He should make a third run for the presidency, not for vanity or redemption, but to answer a higher calling from his faith. Believing that Mr. Romney, a former Mormon pastor, would be most receptive on these grounds, the Republican made the case that Mr. Romney had a duty to serve, and said Mr. Romney seemed to take his appeal under consideration. Three years ago, Mr. Romneyís tortured approach to his religion ó a strategy of awkward reluctance and studied avoidance that all but walled off a free-flowing...
  • Why it matters that Donald Trump is attacking Mitt Romney (+video)

    01/25/2015 5:29:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor's DC Decoder ^ | January 25, 2015 | Mark Sappenfield
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)With all due respect, the Republican Party could probably do with a lot less of what was heard at the Iowa Freedom Summit Saturday. On one hand, that might seem strange, considering that the Iowa Freedom Summit was all about getting America back to its "core principles of pro-growth economics, social conservatism, and a strong national defense," according to the event website. What could be more Republican than that? Combine that with the fact that a number of potential Republican presidential candidates appeared to see the event as the unofficial kickoff for the 2016 campaign, and it seemed a snapshot...
  • GOP tactics on ObamaCare move away from full repeal

    01/16/2015 12:05:15 PM PST · by C19fan · 65 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 16, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    Republicans are shifting their tactics on ObamaCare, an abrupt change from the partyís repeal-only rhetoric that dominated the last five years of debate. The GOP is coalescing around the idea that incremental changes, rather than a sweeping repeal effort, can be more appealing to voters ó while also holding out the possibility of hollowing out the law from within.
  • The Problem with Romney Nostalgia

    01/14/2015 5:18:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 14, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    In 2007, when President Obama announced that he was running for president, he did it in Springfield, Ill., to highlight his supposed connection to Abraham Lincoln. He brought in his biggest fans to cheer him on. When George W. Bush announced in 1999, he did it in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Bush campaign, likewise, brought in a big crowd of supporters. John Kerry announced in Patriot's Point, S.C., in 2003, amid a sea of American flags, war veterans and an aircraft carrier in the background. And where was Mitt Romney when he announced on Friday that he was thinking of...
  • Iowa poll: Romney leads nascent Iowa field with 21%, Bush at 14%, Walker 10%

    01/14/2015 5:02:24 AM PST · by C19fan · 34 replies
    Gravos Marketing ^ | January 13, 2015 | Neil W. McCabe
    The 2012 Republican nominee for president holds a leads a broad field of GOP potential contenders in the Townhall/Gravis poll conducted Jan. 5-7 among 404 registered Republican voters queried. Note: the polls were conducted using IVR technology and weighted by historical voting demographics. Former Massachusetts governor W. Mitt Romney has never left the hearts and minds of Republican voters and he will hold the dominant position in the race for the 2016 presidential nomination until the other candidates spin up their own campaigns, said Doug Kaplan, the managing partner of Gravis Marketing, a Florida-based pollster and call center that executed...
  • Romney moves to reassemble campaign apparatus for 2016

    01/12/2015 1:51:03 PM PST · by C19fan · 62 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 12, 2016 | Robert Costa, Philip Rucker and Karen Tumulty
    Mitt Romney is moving quickly to reassemble his national political network, spending the weekend and Monday calling former aides, donors and other supporters ó as well as onetime foes such as Newt Gingrich. Romneyís message was that he is serious about making a 2016 presidential bid. He told one senior Republican he ďalmost certainly willĒ run in what would be his third campaign for the White House, this person said. His aggressive outreach over the past three days indicates that Romneyís declaration of interest to a group of donors in New York Friday was more than the release of a...
  • Carville: "Conservative Alternative" Romney Is Going To Get In And Challenge Jeb Bush From The Right

    01/11/2015 2:57:15 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 89 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 11, 2015 | RealClearPolitics
    On Sunday's broadcast of ABC's This Week Democratic strategist and Clinton confidant James Carville predicted not only will Mitt Romney enter the presidential race, but that he will campaign as the "conservative alternative" to Jeb Bush. "Of course he's going to get in and he's going to run against Bush from the right," Carville said on the panel portion of This Week. "I think he has a strategy that he didn't have before. And his strategy is he's the conservative alternative." VIDEO at link.
  • Cornyn: Obamacare Repeal Vote Should Wait

    01/08/2015 10:03:15 AM PST · by roses of sharon · 55 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 1/8/15
    Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn said he hopes his GOP colleagues hold off on a vote to fully repeal Obamacare until after Republicans have shown they can govern. ďI think itís important that we demonstrate that we can be productive before we have the inevitable fight over repealing Obamacare,Ē the Texas Republican said in an interview with CQ Roll Call Wednesday. ďWe are going to have that vote. But my own preference would be we have it after weíve been able to demonstrate that we can actually get some things done.Ē
  • A Republican Alternative to Obamacare

    12/14/2014 4:11:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2014 | John C. Goodman
    Now that Republicans will control both houses of Congress, they will have an opportunity to deal with Obamacare. What should be done? They can begin by repealing the worst features of Obamacare. They can do that by keeping three promises many of them made to voters during the last election: Keep your job; keep your health insurance; and keep your doctor. The most direct way to get rid of all the anti-job provisions of ObamaCare is to repeal the employer mandate. The most direct way to insure that people can keep insurance they like is to repeal the individual mandate....
  • Chris Matthews: "Mark My Words," Mitt Romney Will Beat Jeb Bush And Be GOP Nominee

    12/06/2014 5:31:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    RealClearPolitics Video ^ | December 5, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)CHRIS MATTHEWS, MSNBC: Apparently back then when Romney was thinking of putting [Chris Christie] on the ticket when he was running, when he was running, he discovered there were some problems, alright? Do you think he might use those problems against him next time? DAVID CORN, MOTHER JONES: Well, that opposition book is rather thick. If Romney doesn't use it, somebody else will. MATTHEWS: And therefore -- but I keep thinking Romney is going to be the nominee after all this is over. CORN: No. MATTHEWS: Look, I'm pretty good at this. CORN: No. No... He's not going to run....
  • Romney's Inner Circle Is Convinced He's Running

    12/04/2014 1:15:15 PM PST · by C19fan · 110 replies
    Business Insider ^ | December 4, 2014 | Linette Lopez and Hunter Walker
    Mitt Romney held meetings with donors in New York this week that left one attendee convinced he is running for president again in 2016. 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.
  • Obamacare repeal is more likely, and now GOP needs an alternative

    11/17/2014 9:08:26 AM PST · by PROCON · 132 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | Nov. 17, 2014 | Philip Klein
    This month, two developments have shaken the conventional wisdom that repealing President Obamaís healthcare law is an impossibility. First, Republicans scored a historic election victory, not only taking control of the Senate but likely winning the most House seats since 1928 ó the year before Ernest Hemingway published A Farewell to Arms. Second, the Supreme Court took up another case on Obamacare, and if the justices rule against the administration, it would force a re-opening of the law. This doesnít even account for the recently released videos of one of Obamacareís main architects, MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, conceding that Democrats...
  • Here to Stay: Why the New Republican Congress Can't Gut Obamacare

    11/08/2014 8:14:37 PM PST · by Steelfish · 126 replies
    NBCNews ^ | November 08, 2014 | MAGGIE FOX
    Here to Stay: Why the New Republican Congress Can't Gut Obamacare BY MAGGIE FOX Republicans may have promised to repeal or at least do a big makeover of Obamacare now that they control both the House and the Senate, but most experts believe itís lip service only. The 2010 Affordable Care Act is in full force across the country, with internet-based health insurance exchanges up and running, expanded Medicaid in 28 states and strict new requirements for health insurers. Here are five reasons the GOP-led Congress wonít be able to change much. The veto. This is the big one: President...
  • GRUBER: "Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage." (EXPLOSIVE Video!!!)

    11/08/2014 1:37:36 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 44 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 7, 2014 | AmericanCommitment
    VIDEO Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber bragging about deceiving the American people, who he thinks are stupid.
  • ROMNEY STILL POPULAR WITH REPUBLICANS, BUT NOT THE WIDER PUBLIC

    10/30/2014 6:50:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 36 replies
    YouGov ^ | October 29, 2014 | Kathy Frankovic
    Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican Presidential nominee, remains among the most popular of possible 2016 Republican candidates Ė but just among Republicans. In the latest Economist/YouGov Poll, 75% of Republicans hold a favorable opinion of Romney, far more than say that about nearly all other GOP possibilities. ......................................................... Romneyís popularity with Republicans does not extend to the rest of the population, however. Overall, he is seen unfavorably. And when it comes to whether or not Romney should try again for the Presidency in 2016, Republicans are divided at the moment. The country overall would rather he stay...
  • Canít quit Mitt: Friends say Romney feels nudge to consider a 2016 presidential run

    10/13/2014 3:55:50 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 119 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 13, 2014 | hilip Rucker and Robert Costa
    -SNIP- Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee and now the tacit head of the Republican Party, visited Iowa as part of a feverish nationwide tour designed to help the GOP take control of the Senate. -SNIP- Romney is grappling with this question: If drafted, would he answer the partyís call? -SNIP- Former aides and senior Republicans say Romney appreciates the GOP masses crowing that he was right about issues such as Russia and health care. But what really intrigues him, they said, are the vulnerabilities among top-tier candidates in the Republican field. If Romney moves toward a race, it would...
  • Susan Collins Says It's Too Late To Repeal Obamacare (Surprise!)

    10/10/2014 4:50:29 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 47 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | 10-10-2014 | Sabrina Siddiqui
    Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) thinks it's time for Republicans to let go of their efforts to repeal Obamacare. Speaking to an NBC affiliate in Portland on Thursday, Collins argued that the GOP has missed its chance to get rid of the health care law entirely. She noticeably did not say whether she would vote to repeal or defund Obamacare, despite being asked. "You know at this point, I think weíre past that," Collins said. "I think it wouldíve been much better if thereíd been a bipartisan bill crafted in 2008 that had provisions that both parties could agree on, such...