Will he get a third go around? Thoughts?
Joking that appearing before members of the Republican National Committee felt like a “high school reunion,” Romney made clear what his camp began hinting at last week: he’s really thinking about a third run for president.
“I’m giving some serious consideration to the future,” Romney said, taking the stage at the last-night dinner of the RNC’s winter meeting aboard the hulking aircraft carrier.
If the RNC meeting was a high school reunion, Romney seemed like a senior returning in the fall after a particularly difficult summer, eager to reinvent himself as a candidate of the future, a foreign policy sage and populist.
“For our party and for the nation, 2016 is not going to be about the Obama years. It’s going to be about the post-Obama era. And in the post-Obama era, conservative principles are needed as perhaps never before during our lifetime,” he said.
Some of Romney’s toughest criticism of Obama was over his foreign policy – fitting given that the president’s former secretary of state could be the top contender for the Democratic nomination.
“The results of the Hillary Clinton/Barack Obama foreign policy has been devastating,” Romney said, mentioning the terrorist attacks in Paris, the ongoing threat of Islamist extremists in the Middle East and the Boko Haram massacres in Nigeria.
But he had a small slip-up when he accidentally said that “Liberia is in disarray,” immediately correcting himself to say that, in fact, “Libya” is in disarray (although one could argue they both are).
And what may have stood out to close followers of Romney’s 2012 campaign was a new-sounding populist note. He introduced three “pillars,” which could double easily as a campaign mission statement: national security, opportunity for all and eradicating poverty – a far cry from his last campaign where he was heard making the infamous “47 percent” remark.
“The only policies that will reach into the hearts of the American people and pull people out of poverty and break the cycle of poverty are Republican principles, conservative principles,” he said, calling the poverty rate in America a “human tragedy.”
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