Yesterday, did you all see the title of this article in your local newspaper?
Mitt Romney says,
President Obama instituted the most anti-growth, anti-investment, anti-jobs measures we’ve seen in our lifetimes. He called his agenda ambitious. I call it reckless.
If this is the case that Romney will run again for President, “I betcha” (borrowing another Republican rival expression) that we will see Romney again in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
I’m sure we’ll see him again; I’m also sure that it would be a bad idea.
He couldn’t even win the Republican nomination last time around. What are the odds that he’s the guy to unseat a popular incumbent president?
I would have rather had him than McCain in 2008, but now, I’d rather we take our chances with someone else.
Reagan lost the his primary to Ford, Carter was elected. Reagan came back and won 2 terms.
I preferred McCain to Romney in 2008 but this probably had more to do with his being in the Navy to anything else and I always considered Romney a viable and attractive candidate.
I don’t know how popular President Obama will be in 2012 but in the current field of Republicans Romney does stand out although I am watching Tim Pawlenty.
With that said if the primary were today it is a toss up for me between Pawlenty and Romney but if the election were today I wouldn’t bat an eye voting for Romney.
Well, it will be interesting to see what approach Romney takes to the campaign this time around.
In my opinion, he made a serious mistake in 2008. He had a moderate record as governor — pretty good for a Republican, actually, but he ran as a hard-right conservative. The problem with that was twofold: First, it made him open to charges of pandering and hypocrisy (especially with regard to immigration and health), and second, the mood of the electorate, even Republicans, wasn’t necessarily hard-right. After all, it was a moderate candidate who won the nomination.
At this point, I’m not sure what I would advise a Republican candidate (and that’s not just because I lean leftward; it’s because that while I sense a dissatisfaction with the status quo, I’m not sure what that means in terms of what people would think would be better). I do think, though, that if they want to govern, Republicans are going to have to do more to indicate what they’re in favor of, not just run against Obama and the Democrats. So far — and I think Romney is an excellent speaker and exudes competence, so I see potential for him as a candidate — however, I haven’t heard Romney do much more than climb aboard the rag-on-Obama bandwagon.