Poll: Nearly six in 10 Republicans want Romney to run

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Joe Sixpack, the jihadis and the US presidential election of 2016.

As Mitt Romney moves closer to launching yet another Republican presidential campaign, the former governor has told people close to him that he would make poverty one of the pillars of his candidacy.They intend to just roll right over him. “As talks over Iran’s nuclear program resumed Sunday in Geneva, lawmakers in Congress moved forward with legislation to impose new sanctions on Tehran, defying a veto threat from President Obama.WASHINGTON — Republicans would rather have former governors Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush and Mike Huckabee seek their 2016 presidential nomination than current Gov.

About six in 10 Republicans want to see 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney run again for the White House in 2016 — the most favorable reception among Republicans out of a host of possible GOP candidates in a new poll.Mitt Romney is offering a rare glimpse of his softer side as he marches toward an unlikely third presidential bid focused on poverty and the middle class. Friday night in San Diego, Romney boarded an aircraft carrier and was even more specific on this in remarks to RNC members. “Under President Obama the rich have gotten richer, income inequality has gotten worse and there are more people in poverty in American than ever before,” Mr. Conceding that he’s giving “serious consideration to the future,” the Republican Party’s 2012 presidential nominee on Friday cited the support of his wife, Ann, as he addressed the closing reception of the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting aboard a retired aircraft carrier. “The last few days, the most frequently asked question I get is, ‘What does Ann think about all this?’ ” Romney said as his wife looked on. “She believes that people get better with experience. Not yet in the presidential race, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Mitt Romney already are previewing the likely focus of the 2016 campaign, a competition over who’s better able to boost paychecks for working Americans.

Romney, 61 percent say it’s more important to have a presidential nominee who agrees with their position on most issues, compared to 35 percent who say it’s more important to have a nominee who can win in November. And heaven knows I have experience running for president.” Romney earned a standing ovation for his remarks, his first public acknowledgement of 2016 ambitions since privately signaling interest with donors a week earlier. The Iranians continue to walk all over the West’s negotiating team. “The State Department was quick to explain that Iran is not barred by United Nations resolutions or an interim nuclear agreement from building new reactors. Meanwhile, 50 percent of Republicans said they wanted Bush, former governor of Florida and the son and brother of two GOP presidents, to run,while 27 percent disapproved of his candidacy.

However, RNC members and his prospective opponents were far less welcoming in the days leading up to his appearance. “The country moves on,” said Henry Barbour, a Republican national committeeman from Mississippi. “And that’s going to be a challenge for Gov. The failed former candidate, as recently as 2012, dismissed 47% of Americans as lazy parasites and told a national television audience he’s “not concerned about the very poor.” Making matters worse, Romney espouses a far-right economic agenda, predicated on cutting taxes on the wealthy, which would exacerbate the problem on purpose. Yet by announcing the construction, the regime is making clear its intention to continue expanding, rather than dismantling, its nuclear infrastructure.

It started Friday afternoon, when Clinton, who has been mostly quiet over the past few weeks as a GOP field of more than two dozen potential candidates jockeyed for attention, sent her first tweet in more than a month: “Attacking financial reform is risky and wrong. It’s also demonstrating that it’s not constrained from taking provocative steps during the course of the negotiations — even as the Obama administration argues that countervailing pressure would somehow be a deal breaker.” If he is going to keep the same team, isn’t Team Clinton going to run rings around him just like the Team Obama? But there’s a related angle to this that hasn’t generated enough attention: Romney apparently hopes to draw attention to a problem he explicitly said must be ignored.

Exactly three years ago this month, as Obama and Democrats tried to emphasize the significance of economic inequalities and a widening wealth gap, Romney said the topic itself is divisive and must be rejected. “I think it’s about envy,” Romney told NBC’s Matt Lauer. “I think it’s about class warfare.” Asked if “questions about the distribution of wealth” are fair or unfair, “I think it’s fine to talk about those things in quiet rooms,” Romney said, adding that for Obama to make this a campaign issue is “envy-oriented.” With these comments in mind, for Romney to suddenly want to whine about Obama and “income inequality” is rather pathetic. The former Florida governor puts “rising wages” front and center on the website of the political committee that’s essentially his campaign-in-waiting. “Too many of the poor have lost hope that a path to a better life is within their grasp,” Bush’s site says. “While the last eight years have been pretty good ones for top earners, they’ve been a lost decade for the rest owf America.” As for Warren, who continues to the dismay of some liberals to insist she will not enter the 2016 race, her populist message about wages and income inequality may be pushing Clinton from afar. See Clinton’s tweet, which opened with a defense of Warren’s assault on Wall Street’s large investment banks, which has been at the core of her work in the Senate.

The massacre at the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo was the latest in an apparently escalating line of atrocities reminding the US voter that al-Qaeda and its offshoots outlived Osama bin Laden. The former Defense secretary and CIA director under President Obama said that the U.S. has beefed up its intelligence capabilities since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Back in 2007, when Romney was still pandering to social conservatives in Iowa and promising to “double Guantanamo,” then-candidate Barack Obama said he was determined to shift the mainstream discussion to the left, just as Ronald Reagan did a generation earlier in moving the discussion to the right. It followed the Taliban’s slaughter of 148 school children in Peshawar, the staged beheadings in Syria by Isis and a hardening perception that the death cult is spreading.

Bush, summed up their strategy in three words: “The economy, stupid.” That’s why others who are talking about running for president are not straying far from an economic message at this stage of the campaign. Given the tenacity of the gains of Isis in Syria and Iraq — it has held its ground in spite of US air strikes — and al-Qaeda’s strong advances in Yemen and beyond, it is hard to imagine this will change in 2015. The son of an auto company chief executive who made a fortune in finance measured in the hundreds of millions famously described corporations as people and highlighted his close friendships with the owners of professional sports teams. The point isn’t that Romney has worthwhile ideas in addressing poverty – he doesn’t – but rather that Romney believes there’s electoral utility in raising the issue in the first place. Indeed, Romney struggled to win over younger voters, lower income voters and minorities on the way to a 2012 campaign loss that devastated his family and his party.

Only one contender, Rand Paul — the artist formerly known as isolationist, also a senator from Kentucky — diverges from his party’s muscular line on national security. Christie will be in Washington on Wednesday to meet with Republican members of Congress before traveling to Annapolis for the inauguration of Larry Hogan. He will propose using revenue generated from the tax increases – which would fall mainly on high-income households – to pay for a raft of new breaks aimed at boosting stagnant incomes for low- and middle-income households.” That’s going nowhere. Paul cast himself as “someone who can reach out to the African-American community and the Hispanic community and the youth community and the working class and say, “You know what? Chris Christie touted drops in their state’s unemployment rate under their watch. ” Voters, particularly in presidential contests, want their candidates to be able to answer in the affirmative the question, ‘Does this person understand the problems of people like me?”” said former Romney adviser Kevin Madden. “This is a departure from the last campaign, where the focus was on drawing contrasts with the president and reminding voters what they didn’t like or shouldn’t like about Obama’s economic record.” But it’s the populist message on wages that appear especially ripe for this moment.

Among Democrats, 85 percent supported a presidential campaign by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton while 11 percent disapproved, while a run by Vice President Joe Biden was backed by 40 percent of Democrats and opposed by 38 percent. And by about a two-to-one margin, 59 percent to 30 percent, Republicans say they would not like to see former Alaska Gov. and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin run in 2016.

American’s rate their own finances a bit worse than they did at the start of Obama’s time in office, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll taken at the end of last year, with half of those under 30 describing themselves as poor. Romney didn’t offer any specific ideas during his speech on Friday, but still used the opportunity to take a shot at the ideas of Democrats. “Their liberal policies are good every four years for a campaign, but they don’t get the job done,” Romney said.

Florida Jeb Bush began phoning leading officials in New Hampshire this week, with similar calls planned for Iowa – the first and second states on the presidential nominating calendar. “While I have a lot of respect for Gov. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., a major Romney supporter in 2012 who was among those on Bush’s recent call list. “I want to know what’s his vision for the country, just like I’m going to want to know from every candidate, so I think this field is wide open still,” she said. The median income is still 8 per cent below where it was in 2007 and more than Some economists believe that 2015 will be the year when some of America’s aggregate growth trickles down into Joe Sixpack’s paycheck.

Few will forget Mr Romney’s offhand remark that 47 per cent of Americans were “takers” (spongers), a phrase borrowed from Ayn Rand, the cultish philosopher of small government. In his acceptance speech as Republican speaker of the House of Representatives this month, John Boehner talked of the urgent need to reverse the US “middle-class squeeze”.

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