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The Humbling Of Mitt Romney, By Donald J. Trump. Does Mitt Romney Have Enough Dignity to Turn Down Donald Trump? By his own standards laid out in March, the president-elect is still a ‘phony,’ so how can the former Republican nominee possibly work for him?

Does Mitt Romney Have Enough Dignity to Turn Down Donald Trump?

Editor's Note: This story has been updated. Mitt Romney and Donald Trump have had their meeting, and my, my, what a new Mitt we’re seeing now. The statement he read last night started with a reference to the president-elect’s “message of inclusion” and ended with the 2012 standard bearer expressing his “increasing hope that President-elect Trump is the very man who can lead us to that better future.” That's quite different from Romney’s view back in March, when among others things he warned that if Republicans chose Trump as their nominee, “the prospects for a safe and prosperous future are greatly diminished.”

If Romney is offered the secretary of state position and accepts, he will have done everything in life precisely as his father, George, did it. ‘I’ve made a terrible mistake’: Internet ridicules photo of Romney’s painful dinner with Trump. Inside Trump and Romney's Jean Georges dinner. Instead of being joined by their wives, which was the original expectation, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus was their only other guest.

Inside Trump and Romney's Jean Georges dinner

He was tapped by Trump to become his chief of staff when he enters the White House in January. The three men ordered a young garlic soup with thyme and sautéed frog legs, and diver scallops with caramelized cauliflower and caper-raisin emulsion as appetizers, according to a readout to reporters. Mitt Romney: I gave that speech because history will one day ask, “What did you do to stop Donald Trump?” Former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney spoke to Matt Lauer on NBC’s “Today” show Friday morning to discuss his “unprecedented” decision to attack GOP front-runner Donald Trump hours before a debate.

Mitt Romney: I gave that speech because history will one day ask, “What did you do to stop Donald Trump?”

“The people who think you’re a hero” for criticizing Trump are asking a question, Lauer began, which is “why did you wait so long?” “I’ve wanted to be involved in the campaign as a referee, and if there were a few foul balls, I could keep them guided on the path to becoming the next president,” Romney said, clearly unaware of which sports metaphor he was employing.

Stephen Colbert just laid bare Mitt Romney’s breathtaking hypocrisy. “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert last night touched upon the GOP’s last-minute scramble to nominate anyone but Donald Trump.

Stephen Colbert just laid bare Mitt Romney’s breathtaking hypocrisy

The Republican establishment is “in a deep, deep panic,” Colbert said, because, “they don’t want to be with this guy, but the voters are choosing this.” Mitt Romney Calls On South Carolina To Remove Confederate Flag At Statehouse. Mitt Romney on Saturday called on South Carolina to take down the Confederate flag flying outside its statehouse.

Mitt Romney Calls On South Carolina To Remove Confederate Flag At Statehouse

The former Republican presidential nominee has long been opposed to the flag, saying in a 2008 debate that it "shouldn’t be flown" and "that’s not a flag I recognize. " Calls for the flag's removal have grown in the wake of a shooting at a historically black church in Charleston Wednesday night that left nine people dead at the hands of a white gunman. NAACP President Cornell Brooks also called Friday for the flag's removal and a White House spokesman said President Barack Obama thinks the flag belongs in a museum. The 2016 Republican presidential field has been mostly silent about the issue. Mitt Romney gives a brutal PowerPoint critique of Obama’s foreign policy. Mitt Romney gives a speech to conservative activists in 2013.

Mitt Romney gives a brutal PowerPoint critique of Obama’s foreign policy

(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) PARK CITY, Utah — Ever since Mitt Romney’s loss to President Obama in 2012, it has become a mantra in the Republican Party that on foreign policy especially, “Romney was right.” In a stuffy mountain lodge here Friday night, Romney joined the chorus. Dusting off a page from his management consulting playbook, the former Republican nominee delivered a speech by PowerPoint to more than 200 corporate CEOs and other attendees of his annual ideas festival about what he deemed (and titled his slides): “The Most Consequential Obama Foreign Policy Mistakes.” Romney's foreign policy stuck in Cold War. Mitt Romney: Hillary Clinton Politicized Baltimore Tragedy To Get Support From The Black Community. Mitt Romney: Hillary Clinton Email Controversy An Example Of 'Clintons Behaving Badly' Mitt Romney's Re-Invention As Anti-Poverty Warrior. With the shake of an Etch-A-Sketch, Mitt Romney reintroduced himself to the Republican Party on Friday as a man interested in running for president because of his desire to address poverty and income inequality.

Mitt Romney's Re-Invention As Anti-Poverty Warrior

One only wonders why the former governor of Massachusetts neglected to focus on the growing problems the last time he held the title of GOP standard bearer. Addressing a gathering of Republican National Committee officials below deck of the decommissioned U.S.S. Midway aircraft carrier in San Diego, California, Romney ticked off three priorities crucial to what he called the "post-Obama era": making the world safer with a more muscular foreign policy, providing opportunity to all Americans, and lifting people out of poverty. "It's a tragedy, a human tragedy, that the middle class in this country by and large doesn't believe that the future will be better than the past," he said.

Romney’s best bud flees: Mitt’s most reliable media hack turns her back on him. There’s one question that has to be answered before World’s Best Grandpa Mitt Romney officially launches his third campaign for the White House: who actually wants him to do this?

Romney’s best bud flees: Mitt’s most reliable media hack turns her back on him

There are more than a few rich dummy Republicans who are Ready For Mitt and can’t wait to throw money at him, and he probably trusts their judgment because More Money = Better Than. Mitt has also surrounded himself with a gaggle of “advisers” who have unwavering faith in his ability to save the country and the world from Obamaism. A few of them talked to the Boston Globe and described Mitt as an American messiah-in-waiting who is doing us all the favor of seriously contemplating another presidential run:

I Refuse to Believe Romney ’16 Is Real. When the Washington Post reported last Friday that Mitt Romney had assembled donors and told them he wants to be president, I refused to believe it.

I Refuse to Believe Romney ’16 Is Real

Then the Post reported last night that Romney has said he “almost certainly will” run for president. I still don’t believe it. Mitt Romney Will Have His Revenge. There was a moment when it appeared that the next presidential contest was simply going to lumber into existence.

Mitt Romney Will Have His Revenge

A slowly emerging field would pace their way through the so-called invisible primary, sides would be chosen, teams selected, camps erected, and at the end, a kind of pecking order would emerge. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush surely played his part, dipping a toe in, letting the world know that he was sniffing at the brass ring, but not demanding an inappropriate amount of our time and attention. Romney Adviser: If Mitt Were President, 'There Wouldn't Be An ISIS At All' There were several interesting details in this Boston Globe story about Mitt Romney's rationale for jumping back into the presidential foray -- advisers urging the former governor of Massachusetts to "be more comfortable in public," for one -- but what elicited the most chatter was the insistence of one adviser that many of the biggest foreign policy challenges under President Barack Obama's second term would simply not exist under a Romney presidency.

“There wouldn’t be an ISIS at all, and Putin would know his place in life. Domestically, things would be in better shape," a longtime adviser told the Globe. If that play sounds familiar, it's because Romney's aides attempted it before. Just a few days following the 2012 terror attacks on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, a top foreign policy aide to Romney claimed that the circumstances that led to the death of Amb. The selling of Mitt 3.0 - Maggie Haberman and James Hohmann - POLITICO.

Shortly after Election Day in 2012, a Mitt Romney supporter moaned to POLITICO about the failed GOP nominee’s performance: “We had no message, and we gave it to the worst communicator in the world.” Two years later, Romney is mulling another campaign for the White House, and this time, he says, things will be different. Story Continued Below In meetings with and individual calls to donors, supporters and former staffers, Romney is making it clear that he is likely to run, putting his time frame for a decision at “weeks, not months.” Romney, who made a fortune in the financial sector and was cast by Democrats in 2012 as a heartless businessman, wants to make tackling poverty — a key issue for his 2012 vice-presidential running mate, Rep.

Paul Ryan — one of the three pillars of his campaign. It's Happening: Mitt Romney Considering Another Run For President. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) told donors in New York City that he is actively weighing another run for president in 2016, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. According to the Journal, Romney cited turbulent events overseas and the state of the economy as two reasons why he is considering another run.

Mitt Says Jeb Would be Toast. The FBI said Friday in an official statement that "the North Korean government is responsible" for the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and that the attack destroyed thousands of computers in the process. "The FBI has determined that the intrusion into SPE’s network consisted of the deployment of destructive malware and the theft of proprietary information as well as employees’ personally identifiable information and confidential communications. The attacks also rendered thousands of SPE’s computers inoperable, forced SPE to take its entire computer network offline, and significantly disrupted the company’s business operations. " The FBI said its conclusion that North Korea was behind the hack is based, in part, on the following: · Similarities in the data-deletion malware and other malware that the FBI knows North Korea previously developed.

Specific lines of code, encryption algorithms, data deletion methods, and compromised networks are among the details. Backers: Romney more open to 2016 run - Ben White and Maggie Haberman - POLITICO. For most of the past year, Mitt Romney supporters have publicly said he should consider running again. And for most of the past year, Romney has seemed uninterested. Romney: Democrats Lost Because They Weren't 'Proud' Enough Of Obama. Mitt Romney: I Would Have Done A Better Job Than Obama. Romney Takes Obama to Task on ISIS, Immigration. President Barack Obama's mistakes enabled the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS) and created the immigration crisis at the country's southern border, his 2012 opponent, Mitt Romney, said Sunday in a roundtable radio discussion hosted by John Catsimatidis. Mitt Romney: 'Circumstances Can Change,' But I'm Still Probably Not Running In 2016.

Mitt Romney Had The Perfect Response After Taking The Ice Bucket Challenge. Romney: How Republicans Will Take Back the White House. Mitt Romney returns to political stage as Republicans prepare for midterms. With that, Mitt Romney’s long winter was over. After retreating from public view following his crushing loss to President Obama in the 2012 election, Romney has returned to the political stage, emerging as one of the Republican Party’s most coveted stars, especially on the fundraising circuit, in the run-up to November’s midterm elections. He may not direct a high-powered political-action committee or hold a formal position, but with the two living former Republican presidents — George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush — shying away from campaign politics, Romney, 67, 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. Insisting he won’t seek the presidency again, the former GOP nominee has endorsed at least 16 candidates this cycle, many of them establishment favorites who backed his campaigns.

Romney is heartened, his intimates said, that the GOP has not cast him aside as a loser. Romney's Recent Moves Fuel Speculation About 2016 Run. Romney's Terrifying Google Search History Leaked. Mitt Romney On 47 Percent Remark: 'Actually, I Didn't Say That' About Personal Responsibility. His infamous 47 percent remarks were taken out of context, Mitt Romney told The Washington Post's Dan Balz in an interview published Sunday.

Asked about the oft-cited quote that 47 percent of Americans can't be persuaded to take personal responsibility, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee said, "Actually, I didn't say that ...That's how it began to be perceived, and so I had to ultimately respond to the perception, because perception is reality. " At a May 2012 closed-to-the-press fundraiser in Florida, Romney said, "And so my job is not to worry about those people -- I'll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. What I have to do is convince the 5 to 10 percent in the center that are independents, that are thoughtful, that look at voting one way or the other depending upon in some cases emotion, whether they like the guy or not, what it looks like. " Mitt Romney: Hurricane Sandy 'Didn't Come At The Right Time'

Mitt Romney: 'I Was Very Upset' Over 47 Percent Comments. Former Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney told CNN he was "very upset" over his infamous comments that "there are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what" because they are "dependent on government" and "believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing. " Mitt Romney's 2014 Plans Include Campaigning For GOP Candidates. Romney To Undergo Gender Reassignment Surgery To Better Connect With Women Voters. Romney Drops By To See How Down-And-Out Family He Met On Campaign Trail Doing. CANTON, OH—According to reports, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney stopped by Wednesday morning to check up on Allen and Brenda Spearing, a financially strapped mother and father of three with whom he met briefly and had his photo taken while campaigning last year.

Family members said Romney, who arrived at their home unaccompanied and unannounced, warmly greeted them when they opened the door and, after he was invited inside, spent more than three hours catching up with them. “It’s been a few months since I’ve seen you guys, so I thought I’d pop by and see how everyone is holding up,” Romney said after hugging the Spearings, who confirmed the 2012 GOP nominee has phoned or emailed regularly since the October campaign stop during which he shook their hands for five seconds and assured them he would work hard for their family if elected president.

Romney Enchants Nation With Lovely Concession Song. '47 Percent' Filmmaker: Romney Has No Clue What Regular Americans Go Through on Daily Basis. Romney Blames Loss On Successfully Communicating His Message To Minorities  6 Most Absurd Things the Romneys Said in Their First Post-Election Interview. Former Massachusetts Governor and Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney takes the stage with his wife Ann.Photo Credit: BU Interactive News/Wikimedia Commons March 4, 2013 |

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