Bob Schieffer: Romney May Run if Jeb Bush Doesn't
Monday, April 28, 2014 08:18 AM
By: Drew MacKenzie
Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney may take another run at the White House, "Face the Nation" host Bob Schieffer said.
The veteran CBS newsman said that despite Romney’s repeated claims that he’s not interested in joining the GOP race for 2016, the ex-Massachusetts governor could run if former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush opts against seeking the nomination.
"I have a source that told me that if Jeb Bush decides not to run, that Mitt Romney may actually try it again," Schieffer said during a panel discussion on the CBS Sunday morning news show.
After his loss to President Barack Obama in 2012, Romney stepped out of the spotlight for more than a year. But in recent weeks he’s re-emerged on the political scene in a prelude to the November elections while becoming a speaker at GOP fundraisers.
The Washington Post reported that Romney and Bush have similar moderate positions on foreign and domestic policy, and have the approval of the GOP establishment while still not being seen as conservative enough for right-wing tea party supporters.
Romney has taken Obama to task on his handling of the crisis in Ukraine while criticizing him for Obamacare and saying that the president has been "groping" for an agenda in his second term.
Romney has also endorsed 16 candidate in the 2014 elections, most of whom are long-term supporters who backed his losing campaign against Obama, the Post reported.
Bush, the son of President George H.W. Bush and brother of President George W. Bush, had been seen in March as the GOP candidate most likely to beat Democrat Hillary Clinton in a race of the White House.
But he angered many conservatives recently by declaring that it’s "an act of love" when immigrants slip into the U.S. illegally to help their struggling families.