Romney, Clinton offers signs ’16 will be about economy

18 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Carl Hiaasen: Jeb could ruin Hillary’s political run.

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. Mitt Romney was coy, as expected, about his intention to run for president for a third time in 2016, but much more direct in his criticism of the favorite for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton. “There’s some speculation about whether I’m about to embark on a political endeavor, in which I had previously been unsuccessful,” Romney told a gathering of Republican party leaders Friday at the Republican National Committee winter meeting, held aboard the USS Midway in San Diego. Instead, he lets a group of donors know that he is “exploring” the possibility of a bid, as if the campaign trail were some inaccessible region inhabited by polar bears.

The biggest difference: Hillary is still interested in being president.” “Potential presidential candidate Jeb Bush will release a decade’s worth of tax returns to avoid comparisons to Mitt Romney. 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.

Though he did not answer that burning question — he would be the first candidate to do so if he had — Romney heavily signaled his intentions, aiming many critiques of Obama’s tenure at Clinton, who served as Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013. “And the results of the Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama foreign policy have been devastating,” Romney told the crowd. “Terrorism is not on the run. We’re talking three amnesty supporters, two of whom support any big government gimmick they come across, one of whom thinks we’re too mean to Al Qaeda and is a big fan of drug legalization. Among potential GOP candidates he’s currently the only one who could beat her in Florida — and it’s practically impossible to win the White House without winning Florida.

As a matter of fact, the radical violent jihadists in their various forms are terrorizing and brutalizing people all over the world, just in the last several days.” Romney cited growing unrest around the world — from the terrorist attacks in Paris to violence in the Middle East and the recent actions of China and Russia. “I used to joke during the campaign that President Obama didn’t have a foreign policy,” Romney said. “And of course that was a joke because he did have a foreign policy. They’re just both former governors from wealthy families whose parents gave them super-weird names.” “Days after Mitt Romney announced he is considering a 2016 presidential campaign, his former running mate Paul Ryan announced that he will not run. Why Mr Romney—a decent man who in 2012 was pounded by adverts painting him as a heartless capitalist and careless pet owner, then denounced as useless by fellow Republicans when he lost—should want to make another attempt on the presidency is a puzzle. And Jeb Bush is still probably the closest thing to a conservative candidate in that group despite overtly waging war on conservatives, because Chris Christie is as Republican as Bloomberg and Rand Paul is pushing a straight libertarian program. Hillary is sharp enough to know that Jeb got be governor — and was easily re-elected — by drawing thousands of crossover votes from Florida Democrats.

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.

It would be ideal for her if the Republicans nominated a tea-party hothead, thus alienating millions of American voters except for the cranky old white people who listen to Rush Limbaugh. The likely Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, currently looks a formidable opponent for any of them, but she has hardly been tested yet and, if she runs, will get little campaigning practice in her party’s primary.

It follows one guy’s journey over the course of 12 years — or as Mitt Romney calls that, ‘running for president.’ ” “Macy’s is interested in creating discount clothing stores similar to T.J. 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. Some conservatives have warm feelings for him and he successfully moved far enough to the right last time that he isn’t as toxic as Christie or Jeb Bush.

Still, anything can happen in the primaries, especially since these knuckleheads insist on starting in Iowa, which demographically resembles Finland more than it does the United States. You had counted on locking up the huge Hispanic vote, yet here’s a Republican who speaks fluent Spanish and openly favors a more compassionate immigration policy than his party espouses. But if feelings were to harden against Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida and a fellow 2016 explorer, it would create some space on the business wing of the party, which thought it had found a winner until Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, got into a kerfuffle over a bridge and saw his state’s bonds downgraded. Guys named Bobby are race-car drivers, Eleanor for librarians, and apparently, Jimmy for talk-show hosts.” “The flu season is especially bad this season.

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. 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.

Marco Rubio and other possible GOP candidates are still whining about same-sex marriages, Jeb has wisely thrown in the towel and says it’s time to respect all sides of the debate, wishing the best for the couples now marrying. They should store them in that blue liquid they have at the barber shop.” “You ever notice the only people still writing checks are old people, and maybe that’s why they are old. While a majority feels the stock market and big businesses have mostly recovered from the Great Recession, only 34 percent say their family is largely back to normal. “There’s an opening for Republicans,” said Republican strategist and former Minnesota congressman Vin Weber, who like Romney said Obama hadn’t reduced poverty in America during his first six years in office. “There’s got to be a difference between the Democratic message and Republican message on this issue,” he added. “Republicans need to focus on restoring social mobility — the notion that everybody in this country could rise.” What comes next, of course, is the policy prescriptions of the candidates. They are living longer because they don’t touch those disgusting electronic pads.” “Republican Mike Huckabee criticized the Obamas for letting their daughters listen to Beyoncé due to her explicit lyrics.

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. On education, Jeb supports the Common Core curriculum in defiance of the GOP’s right wing, eliminating another potential weapon from Hillary’s debate arsenal. If you are her, you’re left hoping with all your soul that Romney muddies the center of the Republican Party, and saps prime attention and heavy money away from Jeb. Even better, if you’re Hillary you are hoping that Jeb loses his spine, backpedals from these semi-reasonable positions and soon starts sounding like all his rivals.

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