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Balz book: Romney considered
scrapping bid in spring of 2011

Washington Post, by Sean Sullivan

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Posted By:tisHimself, 7/3/2013 12:28:07 AM

Mitt Romney officially announced his candidacy for president in June 2011. But during the spring of that year, Romney considered scrapping his campaign altogether, as detailed in a soon-to-be-released book about the 2012 presidential campaign by The Washington Post’s Dan Balz. Then in the exploratory committee phase of his campaign, Romney was preparing on a May morning to deliver a speech in Michigan to defend the health care plan he signed into law as governor of Massachusetts and attack President Obama’s federal health care measure.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: texaspast, 7/3/2013 12:29:45 AM     (No. 9406378)

And the democrats are still rejoicing that he did not.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 7/3/2013 1:29:21 AM     (No. 9406397)

A liar interviews a fool.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: smcchk, 7/3/2013 1:36:00 AM     (No. 9406401)

Mitt Romney is not a fool. He is a smart, decent man, and there will be none such willing to run considering how they are treated by their own party.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: HisHandmaiden, 7/3/2013 2:04:53 AM     (No. 9406411)

Correct #3... but he lacked that gift of genunine passion, persuasion, and an innate ability to connect with people... [which Sarah has...] and Reagan had...

Truly rare and God-given.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: PoliticalJunky, 7/3/2013 4:23:59 AM     (No. 9406444)

Maybe we had better stop looking for passion and connection with people and settle for honest, well meaning and competent.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: horacer, 7/3/2013 4:30:20 AM     (No. 9406447)

Romney had passion. It would have been nice if he had more allies in the party and talk radio. The attacks from fellow GOPers on Bain didn´t help. I didn´t vote for Romney in´08, I was wrong. He´s a good man that loves this country. We´d be in a much better place with him in the WH.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: david kahane, 7/3/2013 5:21:04 AM     (No. 9406464)

Woulda, coulda, shoulda. At least got to go back to La Jolla. We got Obama.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: plumnellie, 7/3/2013 7:46:18 AM     (No. 9406591)

Of course I voted for Romney. He is all the good things people say about him. And, I voted fearing he would lose. From the start it seemed he was not able to campaign by going after Obama´s weaknesses. He was content to be viewed as a nice man. Benghezi, Obamacare were two big issues at the time but Romney did not go after Obama on them. I regret he lost for the good of the country but Republicans who have not learned from the Dole/McCain/Romney lesson are in the leadership of the party and its ´experts´. So there is no way Republicans will change for the better unless Tea people can recover from the attacks by Repubs and corrupt practices of IRS and other means by the Dems. Funny how the one group that only wants to reform government and rid it of tyranny is the one group Repubs and Dems hate. Hmmmm.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: adguy47, 7/3/2013 8:06:11 AM     (No. 9406618)

#4, Palin does not have the ability to "connect" with anyone but the extreme right wing of the GOP to whom she panders shamelessly.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Sunhan65, 7/3/2013 9:23:57 AM     (No. 9406798)

I find it difficult to reconcile what I know about Romney´s personal decency with his unscrupulous political opportunism. The same man who appears uncertain about his political ambitions also ran the most vicious primary campaign I´ve ever seen to secure the GOP nomination. His sycophants pretend that Mitt was dragged into the mud by his rivals, but his own campaign confirmed that going negative was Romney´s strategy from the very beginning. Opposition research takes time and money, and Romney had both. It was ugly, divisive, and self-defeating: Mitt´s favorability ratings plummeted when he started running negative ads--long before any other candidate had time to respond.

Good man. Bad politician.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 7/3/2013 9:49:44 AM     (No. 9406868)

If only Romney had savaged his Democrat opponent as he did his Republican rivals.

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