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If Romney runs as an independent, he could win

It wasn't time for Romney in 2008 (or 2012). But 2016 could be a different story. Photo (cc) by Talk Radio News Service.

Could it finally be time for Mitt Romney? Photo (cc) 2008 by Talk Radio News Service.

Here we go! From Robert Costa in the Washington Post:

In spite of his insistence that he will not run, Mitt Romney is being courted this week by a leading conservative commentator to reconsider and jump into the volatile 2016 presidential race as an independent candidate.

William Kristol, the longtime editor of the Weekly Standard magazine and a leading voice on the right, met privately with the 2012 nominee on Thursday afternoon to discuss the possibility of launching an independent bid, potentially with Romney as its standard-bearer.

I think Romney could win if he got on the ballot in all 50 states. He’s smarter and tougher than Jeb!, and he’s absolutely shameless, which is important. Romney says he won’t run, but that’s only because he hasn’t worked through the math.

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  1. Huge irony that the candidate who made jaws drop over his mendacity in 2012 is now considered the best bet to stop the frontrunner who doesn’t seem to have a genuine opinion. Having said that, I find the prospect fascinating, but I don’t think it will KO Clinton.

    • Dan Kennedy

      If Romney ran as an independent, the most likely outcome would be that he’d split the Republican vote and guarantee Clinton’s election. But she’s so unpopular that I want to make sure we have as many avenues to defeating Trump as possible.

      • She’s so uniquely unpopular that while I’d normally agree with your prediction, I think it’s also possible that she would lose in a three way race. As with this whole cycle, all bets are off and there’s no safe precedent (or poll) to look to.

  2. Proud99%er

    The Mittster? Rather the unpredictablness of The Trumpster.

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