The 2016 presidential election is a little more than two years away, and as the Republican Party gears up, former presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, is gaining momentum in political polls as the most likely candidate for the upcoming presidency. This news may come as both a surprise, as well as welcomed news to the voting populace as it had become somewhat evident that Romney had no intentions of entering the race for the White House for a third consecutive campaign. In fact, in a Netflix exclusive documentary about Romney which premiered in January 2014, Romney and members of his family strongly expressed their disinterest in him seeking the Oval Office again. However, as American citizens become progressively annoyed with the current White House administration and the Democratic Party in general, Romney appears to be the “saving grace” that they are looking for to put our nation back on course.
Mitt Romney – Victory in the Wake of Defeat
Some might say that Romney is a trendsetter. He has never been a person who allows the proverbial grass to grow under his feet while standing still, or one who wallows in self-pity due to past failures or defeat. Notwithstanding, even after his defeat in the 2012 presidential election to Barack Obama, Romney took to the political platform again this year, and has since emerged as one of the Republican Party’s choice candidates for the 2016 presidential race.
In a Washington Post article dated 2 August 2014, Spencer Zwick, a longtime Romney confidant who chaired his national finance council stated,
Democrats don’t want to be associated with Barack Obama right now, but Republicans are dying to be associated with Mitt Romney. Candidates, campaigns and donors in competitive races are calling saying, “Can we get Mitt here?” They say, “We’ve looked at the polling, and Mitt Romney moves the needle for us.” That’s somewhat unexpected for someone who lost the election.
Romney continues to maintain his stand that he has no interest in campaigning for President of the United States for a third time, but his supporters believe that he would be a much stronger candidate in the upcoming election than in the previous.
For a person who supposedly has no interest, according to a Washington Post article dated 18 April 2014, Romney has “begun to embrace the role of party elder, believing he can shape the national debate and help guide his fractured party to a governing majority.” The article goes on to state that Romney “has endorsed at least 16 candidates this cycle, many of them establishment favorites who backed his campaigns. [His] approach is to reward allies, boost rising stars and avoid intraparty conflict.” Tom Rath, a former Romney adviser based in New Hampshire also commented, “He [Romney] never said he would take a vow of political abstinence. . . . He is a man at peace, but I don’t think that he has politics totally out of his blood.”
The Tides of Popularity Are Shifting Course
In the Washington Post article dated 18 April 2014, Spencer Zwick also affirmed that he believes that Romney has become more popular over the past six months than he was during the election. Furthermore, he asserts that if the elections were held today, Romney would be a sure win because after experiencing the debacle and skepticism created by the present administration, American citizens are beginning to wake up and realize that perhaps Romney was right about certain political issues after all.
During the 2012 election, Barack Obama won the popular vote 51 percent to 47 percent, but a recent CNN/ORC International poll indicates that if the elections were held today, Romney would win the popular vote with 53 percent to 44 percent. It is interesting to note that the same poll showed that if former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and Mitt Romney were campaigning for the office of President of the United States, Clinton would win the popular vote with 55 percent to 42 percent.
A comment in the Washington Post article dated 2 August 2014 infers that:
In the minds of many Republican operatives and financiers, Romney stands apart from the others because he appears above the fray and without any overt personal ambition. He is also one of the few national Republicans who can raise significant amounts of money and capture the attention of voters in most GOP blocs.
Although he may seem to be the most likely to win the Republican nomination for President in the upcoming election, whether or not Romney will decide to enter the race for a third time remains somewhat of an obscure mystery. However, there are many indications that he is at least giving it some minor consideration. His associates have said that for now he is focused entirely on helping Republicans win the majority in the Senate in November.