Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney solidified his relationship with the newly-elected GOP leaders recently when he made phone calls to congratulate them on their victories. The Washington Post reported that Romney called more than 80 Republican candidates who were elected in the Nov. 4, 2014, elections.
The former governor of Massachusetts has not stated whether he is interested in vying for the Republican Party’s presidential ticket in 2016, even though some of his supporters continue to plan for his candidacy. The Washington Post reported that it has obtained documents circulated by a group that supports Romney which indicate that two out of every three candidates he endorsed were elected, compared to only one out of three of those endorsed by Hillary Clinton, his likely Democratic Party challenger.
According to the Washington Post, some GOP leaders,who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the 2012 presidential contender could consider running for office if former Florida governor Jeb Bush decides not to run. Jeb Bush’s brother, former president George W. Bush, has urged him to do so. During an interview at the launch of a book he has written about his father George Herbert Walker Bush, George W. Bush said that Jeb had the required experience, and can appeal to several voter groups. Jeb has said he will make up his mind by the end of the year.
In September, Romney’s wife, Anne, told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto that he could consider running if Jeb Bush decides not to. She said the two attract the same type of voters.
Romney’s effort to solidify his relationship with the newly-elected GOP leaders and the role he played during the campaigns to get some of them elected seems to be a good stepping stone towards running for the Republican Party’s presidential ticket in 2016. Paul Ryan, who was Romney’s running mate in 2012, said he hoped he would run again. He said on CNBC television in August that Romney was being viewed favorably in recent polls.
Senator John McCain of Arizona told the Huffington Post that there are some people who invested in Romney in 2012 who would want him to run again. He said Romney was favored in the Republican Party, but needed to weigh his chances of winning since the exercise would be stressful. Karl Rove, a Republican Party strategist who played a crucial role in President George W. Bush’s election in 2000 and re-election in 2004, told Reuters that the former Massachusetts governor’s candidacy would be similar to running three marathons back-to-back. It would require him to invest at least a year in the Republican Party primary campaigns and then another for the general election, a feat he considered challenging for anyone.
In an opinion article on Romney’s chances of being elected as president of the United States in 2016, Julian Selizer, a professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University, wrote that the former Massachusetts governor could be motivated to run by the fact that other past losers still ended up in the White House. In an article published on CNN.com, Selizer gave the example of Richard Nixon, who lost to John F. Kennedy in 1960, but won the presidential election of 1969.
As Romney solidifies his relationship with the newly-elected GOP leaders, polls seem to favor him as well. According to Huffington Post, a poll conducted by USA Today/Suffolk University in August showed that 35 percent of Republican voters in Iowa would vote for him in 2016, a favorable score compared to other candidates.
By Benedicto Ateku