The Boston Globe reports that Tom Stemberg, the founder of office-supply retailer Staples, has died. Stemberg started Staples with the help of Mitt Romney's Bain Capital investment firm, and the two men became friends.
The Globe quotes Romney speaking fondly of Stemberg and his influence on the future Republican nominee for president:Read more
Former Florida governor Jeb Bush laid out details of his economic plan in North Carolina Wednesday, focusing primarily on how he would reform the tax code as president. The proposal, Bush said, would help achieve his stated goal of four-percent annual economic growth.Read more
Rick Santorum is keeping expectations low for his second presidential campaign. Asked if he would need to win the Iowa caucuses to stay in the race, the former senator said it “depends.”
“If I finish third and half a percent behind first, I think I feel pretty good. If I finish third and I’m ten points out, well, that’s a different story,” he told a small group of reporters in a Washington restaurant Monday afternoon.Read more
Earlier today, the Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing to consider whether President Obama's pick to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., should be advanced to the Senate for a confirmation vote.
At that hearing, Gen. Dunford informed the committee:
"My assessment today is that Russia presents the greatest threat to our national security"Read more
Summer means it's wedding season, and in Washington that means plenty of potential for conflicts of interest. Consider the wedding of one Hillary Clinton aide, attended by several members of the national political press covering Clinton and her rivals for the White House.Read more
Mitt Romney ripped Hillary Clinton this morning for seeming untrustworthy in her weekend campaign event:
"I thought the text touched the various places she needs to touch to try and keep her base in tact," Romney said sharing his thoughts on Hillary Clinton's relaunch campaign event.Read more
Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator and runner-up for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, will run for president again in 2016. The Associated Press reports:
WASHINGTON (AP) - Spokesman: Republican former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum is running for president.— Dan Hirschhorn (@DanH_TIME) May 27, 2015
Meet the real Mitt Romney. The Mitt Romney you thought you knew from 2012, from 2008, from his tenure as governor of Massachusetts, from his run for the Senate against Teddy Kennedy—those versions of Mitt Romney were the constructs of political consultants, artifices designed to win elections but nowhere near the real Mitt Romney.Read more
Wisconsin governor Scott Walker leads an early poll of New Hampshire Republican primary voters, NH1 reports:
According to an NH1 Pulse Poll released Wednesday, Walker has the backing of 21.2% of those who say they're likely to vote in next year's GOP presidential primary. The automated survey indicates Jeb Bush in second place, with 14.4% saying they'd support the former two-term Florida governor if the Feb. 9, 2016 primary was held now.Read more
Mitt and Ann Romney will be having lunch this week with Chelsea Clinton and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky. The New York Times, which first reported the news, thinks it might be "awkward."Read more
Having followed Romney around in both 2008 and 2012, I was always convinced that the odds of him running in 2016 were high. For one thing, the man has a decades-long history of running for office, over and over, even after voters reject him. He’s a career politician without a “career” in politics. (He was an active governor of Massachusetts just long enough to build Romneycare, and after that he spent the rest of his term preparing for his first presidential bid.) He has never in his life—not once—shown a willingness to take “no” for an answer from the electorate.Read more
Donald Trump says he's once again considering a presidential run. He told MSNBC this morning that he'll make a decision in the next three months:
"Donald," said the MSNBC host, "tell me what you think about presidential politics on the Republican side. Do you think that perhaps Mitt Romney is trying to take Jeb Bush's thunder away?"Read more
A press release tonight announces the beginning of Ready for Romney, a new super PAC encouraging Mitt Romney to run for president of the United States.
"On Sunday, supporters of Mitt Romney filed the appropriate paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission to establish a 'Super PAC' with the goal of urging Mitt Romney for [sic] run for the presidency in 2016," reads the press release.Read more
This morning on Fox News Sunday, former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said there's "no question" that he'd be a better president than Hillary Clinton.
"You mentioned Hillary Clinton," said host Chris Wallace. "Do you think you'd make a better president than Hillary Clinton?"Read more
Former Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan said on CNBC this morning that he "would love to see" Mitt Romney run for president again, but that he doesn't think it's likely:
"I would love to see Mitt run again. I hope he does. He's pretty emphatic in saying he won't," said Ryan.Read more
It seems these days, everything's coming up Romney. There's talk the two-time presidential candidate and the 2012 Republican nominee ought to run for the job again in 2016. Writing in Politico magazine, Emil Henry makes "the case for Mitt Romney" and draws comparisons to Richard Nixon's political resuscitation after eight years as vice president, a failed presidential run in 1960, and a failure to win the California governor's race two years later:Read more
PolitiFact has a pretty terrible and rather partisan history of Obamacare fact checks. However, there's one, in particular, about Obamacare that remains especially puzzling. It's the "half-true" rating the organization gave when President Obama promised that, If you like your health insurance, you can keep your health insurance under Obamacare. This was not a casually tossed-off statement by the president, either.Read more
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with William Kristol on the future of the GOP. Hosted by Michael Graham.Read more
Mitt Romney expressed regret at not being the next president of the United States in a speech today at CPAC:
"Each of us in our own way is going to have to step up and meet our responsibility. I'm sorry I won't be your president," said Romney. "But I will be your co-worker and I will stand shoulder to shoulder alongside you."Read more
Full prepared text of Mitt Romney's CPAC speech:
What an honor to be introduced by Governor Nikki Haley, a woman of uncommon courage and conviction; whose principles have guided her governance. We need more governors like her!
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