At first blush, it would seem that Ann Romney has dismissed any possibility that husband Mitt would mount a third run for the White House. But maybe, just maybe, if Mitt Romney didn’t technically “mount” a presidential run on his own…but there’s a big, insistent “draft Mitt” campaign….
In a Los Angeles Times article about the opening of the new Ann Romney Center for Neurological Diseases in Boston, the wife of the GOP’s 2012 presidential contender was quoted briefly when asked about one more Mitt Romney candidacy.
On another matter that has been the subject of much political babbling lately — a potential third run for president by her husband — Ann Romney was happy to wave off the possibility.
“Done,” she said. “Completely. Not only Mitt and I are done, but the kids are done,” she said, referring to her five sons. “Done. Done. Done.”
But that ostensibly closed and locked door was then cracked open a bit, with a further question and answer:
Asked whether there were any circumstances under which she would encourage the former Massachusetts governor to attempt another run — or if she would support him if he wanted to run — she said she hadn’t “been pushed to that point mentally,” but that they would make the decision together.
In summary then, Ann Romney is a “maybe definitely not…yet” when it comes to Mitt’s 2016 presidential aspirations. Which brings us to what Mr. Romney himself is doing and possibly thinking.
A front-page article in Tuesday’s Washington Post notes that on a campaign swing through Iowa for the GOP’s senatorial candidate Joni Ernst, Romney was both privately and publicly urged to run.
When Romney and Ernst gathered in a West Des Moines boardroom with about 40 agriculture executives Sunday night, one businessman after another pleaded with Romney to give the White House another shot.
And at a rally for Ernst in Cedar Rapids on Monday, the state legislator who introduced Romney said, “If his address was 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, I would sleep a lot better.” After Romney and Ernst finished speaking, some activists chanted, “Run, Mitt, run!”
Thus could one be witnessing the early stages of a possible “draft Mitt” effort — a relatively quiet effort so far that could hardly be called a “campaign,” but one that Romney associates say the twice-failed presidential contender has not tried to discourage.
Romney has huddled with prominent donors and reconnected with supporters in key states in recent months. Because of the vacuum of power within his party and the lack of a clear 2016 front-runner, confidants said Romney is grappling with this question: If drafted, would he answer the party’s call?
Then there’s a new Iowa poll mentioned in a Western Journalism post on Monday — a speculative poll that matched Mitt Romney against Hillary Clinton in 2016.
…a Des Moines Register-Bloomberg News poll released over the weekend showing that Romney is the only potential 2016 candidate who would beat Hillary Rodham Clinton (D) among likely Iowa voters, 44 percent to 43 percent.
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