Mitt Romney

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Romney's 47% Needs a Revise

Percentage not paying income tax has risen to 45.3% from 2013: Tax Policy Center

(Newser) - Just when you thought Mitt Romney's "47%" comment , which he said was the percentage of Americans dependent on the government and not paying income tax, had made way for a new election cycle's gaffes, that number now needs another revision. Per the Tax Policy Center, the percentage... More »

Mitt Jump-Starts GOP Debate Over Confederate Flag

POTUS contenders have varying reactions to flag flying on grounds of SC Capitol

(Newser) - Mitt Romney has long been vocal about his distaste for the Confederate flag flying on South Carolina Capitol grounds, saying in a 2007 presidential debate , "That's not a flag I recognize. That flag, frankly, is divisive, and it shouldn't be shown." He refueled that fire Saturday... More »

This May Be the Strangest Weigh-In Photo Ever

Mitt Romney and Evander Holyfield fighting in a charity match

(Newser) - Mitt Romney will box Evander Holyfield in a charity event in Utah today, but first came the official weigh-in and obligatory, if jokey, stare-down. For the record, Romney came in at 179 pounds and Holyfield at 236.5, notes Mediaite . It's all in good fun: "I don't... More »

Get Ready for Romney Vs. Holyfield

Yes, really

(Newser) - This is, apparently, not a joke: Mitt Romney will fight boxer Evander Holyfield. In the Salt Lake Tribune , Paul Rolly calls it the "marquee event" of a black-tie evening involving several other bouts on May 15 in Salt Lake City, meant to raise money for Charity Vision . The humanitarian... More »

Romney: I'm Not Running

He tells supporters he won't be a candidate in 2016

(Newser) - Mitt Romney won't be a candidate in 2016 after all. In a call with supporters today, he said that "after putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next... More »

Romney to Say If He's Running at 11am

Romney camp sees more factors in favor of a run than against

(Newser) - Mitt Romney has reportedly decided whether he'll make a third presidential bid in 2016. In an email yesterday, the Romney camp invited supporters to listen in on a conference call at 11am today, promising "an update," the Washington Post reports. What supporters will get is clarification on... More »

After 2012 Loss, Romney Went on Real Estate Binge

He's now got 4 swank houses, which could present an image problem

(Newser) - Mitt Romney might have gotten a little notoriety for his house with the car elevator , but that was the tip of the real estate iceberg and the buying binge he went on in the wake of his 2012 loss. As the Boston Globe reports, "For the first time in... More »

Big Shift for Romney: He Puts Focus on Poverty

In speech, he emphasizes the poor and the middle class

(Newser) - Mitt Romney spoke to the Republican National Committee last night and sounded very much like a candidate trying to erase an image of being rich and out of touch, reports AP . Consider these quotes:
  • “Under President Obama, the rich have gotten richer, income inequality has gotten worse and there
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Why, Mitt, Why?

Romney's potential third run baffles pundits

(Newser) - The most common reaction on both the left and right to the news that Mitt Romney is genuinely serious about another White House run seems to be ... why? Some examples:
  • Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post : In a blog post headlined "His time has passed," the onetime Romney backer writes
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Romney 2016: How the 3rd Time Could Be Charming

Candidate would aim to show another side of his personality

(Newser) - Mitt Romney has told supporters it's a matter of "weeks, not months" before he decides for sure whether to run for president again —and he "almost certainly will." One thing that's already clear is that a Mitt Romney 2016 campaign would be notably different... More »

Mitt Romney: I Might Run for President

Romney makes announcement to fund-raising group

(Newser) - Heads up, Jeb Bush and Chris Christie: Mitt Romney said today that he may run for president in 2016, the Wall Street Journal reports. Sources say he made the announcement at a meeting with Republican donors in New York City. "Mitt told the group of 30 or so guys... More »

Top GOP Donors Focus Early on 3 Names

NYT says Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, and Mitt Romney are focus of talks

(Newser) - If you had to name the Democratic candidate in 2016, one name that ends in Clinton quickly comes to mind. But for Republicans? The Washington Post recently counted up no fewer than 23 potential candidates. Which might explain why the New York Times reports that the GOP's top donors... More »

22 Romney Staffers Had to OK Tweets

And Facebook posts, photos...

(Newser) - The fast-paced world of social media wasn't quite so speedy at the Mitt Romney presidential campaign. Sure, tweets may only be 140 characters at most, but they required the approval of 22 different people "towards the end of the campaign," a digital media campaign staffer says in... More »

Romneys Opening Center to Fight Brain Disease

Will focus on Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis, and other ailments with no cure

(Newser) - Their legacy already established in politics, Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, are working to leave a lasting mark on neuroscience. Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital today will announce the launch of the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases, a venture funded by the Romneys and their expansive... More »

Romney Explains His 'Mistake' in 47% Remarks

He directed them in response to one ranting supporter, forgetting the bigger picture

(Newser) - The day's buzziest political story is one from next week's New York Times ' Sunday Magazine with the provocative headline, "Mitt Isn't Ready to Call It Quits." The story by Mark Leibovich doesn't drop any 2016 bombshells, but it observes that Romney is "... More »

Cruz on ISIS: Obama Should 'Take Them Out'

GOP has lots of advice, even Feinstein says action 'overdue'

(Newser) - With President Obama's speech outlining his ISIS "game plan" coming Wednesday, there was no shortage of opinion today on the talk shows about what he should do. "What we ought to have is a directed, concerted, overwhelming campaign to take them out," Ted Cruz told ABC... More »

Jeb Bush Might Defy Mom for 2016 Run

Former Fla. governor sending mixed signals

(Newser) - Jeb Bush could be fundraising, taking part in debates, and traveling around the country just for the heck of it—or the former Florida governor could actually be planning a 2016 presidential run. There have been increasing whispers about that long-anticipated 2016 Bush-Hillary Clinton battle as Jeb's advisers are... More »

Mitt Romney in 2016?

Matt Lewis writes that he is poised for a comeback

(Newser) - In the usual lists of possible Republican candidates for 2016, one familiar name is generally off-limits: the 0-for-2 Mitt Romney. But not so fast, writes Matt Lewis at The Week . "There is reason to believe that a third try wouldn't be an absurd venture." For one thing,... More »

Mitt Romney Works to Shed 'Loser' Tag

He aims for GOP kingmaker role

(Newser) - Eric Cantor may be comforted to learn that a canny GOP politician can shed the "loser" tag in less than two years, if Mitt Romney's recent progress is anything to go by. Romney has been quietly rebuilding his political brand since his 2012 loss and aims to... More »

What to Watch for in Today's 'Super Tuesday'

6 states hold primary voting

(Newser) - It's Super Tuesday—well, the 2014 midterm version, at least. Today sees voting in Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Oregon, and Pennsylvania, Politico reports. Among the races to watch:
  • In Kentucky, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell faces off against Matt Bevin, and there's little doubt McConnell will win the
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