Tags: Trump Administration | Exclusive Interviews | Mitt Romney | Steve Malzberg Show | Pat Buchanan | advice | Romney

Pat Buchanan to Mitt Romney: Run for President in 2016

By    |   Wednesday, 17 September 2014 05:17 PM

Pat Buchanan has some no-nonsense advice for Mitt Romney on the 2016 Republican presidential nomination:

Go for it.

"It's very hard for me to see how someone could look at the fact that he's got a real shot at the nomination and then walk away from it when the man believes he ought to be president," Buchanan said Wednesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

Story continues below video.


Note: Watch Newsmax TV now on DIRECTV Ch. 349 and DISH Ch. 223
Get Newsmax TV on your cable system
Click Here Now

"If it were me and I looked at those kinds of numbers, I'd be on the next flight to Manchester," Buchanan said.

Romney — who has insisted for months he has no interest in running again after a crushing loss to President Barack Obama in 2012 — acknowledged that "circumstances can change."

Urgent: Who Is Your Choice for the GOP's 2016 Nominee?

A day after Romney made that teasing statement, a USA Today/Suffolk University poll found 35 percent of likely GOP caucus voters would vote for the former Massachusetts governor in 2016.

Buchanan — a veteran political commentator, former GOP presidential candidate and senior adviser to Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan — said he is impressed with Sen. Rand Paul.

He doesn't think, as some pundits have suggested, that the Kentucky Republican — in preparation for an expected run for president — is mainstreaming his positions and selling out his libertarian views.

"I wouldn't use that term on Rand Paul. I like him, but there's no doubt you've got to deal with certain realities . . . He's a realist in foreign policy. He's not an isolationist," Buchanan said.

"There's no doubt that some of the Libertarians are critical of Rand Paul and they feel he's not a purist and he's not as hard-core as his father [former Rep. Ron Paul of Texas]."

But Buchanan says Paul will be supported by his core base.

"You saw the poll: in New Hampshire, he's at 15 percent, I think, 5 percent ahead of anybody," he said.

"But nobody's got any real support, except Romney was not in the poll, which is very interesting."

Buchanan — author of "The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose from Defeat to Create the New Majority," published by Crown Forum — said Hillary Clinton, if she runs for the Democratic presidential nomination, will have some major explaining to do about her time in the Senate.

"She said the worst mistake of her Senate career – and it was a most important vote – was voting to authorize war in Iraq," Buchanan said.

"That is the father of everything that's going on in Iraq today. She said her most important vote was a mistake.

"Then she said she voted against the surge even though she believed it was a good idea to maintain her political viability in Iowa. She's going to have to answer for all this."

Urgent: Who Is Your Choice for the GOP's 2016 Nominee?

© 2019 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

   
1Like our page
2Share
Newsmax-Tv
Pat Buchanan has some no-nonsense advice for Mitt Romney on the 2016 Republican presidential nomination: go for it. "It’s very hard for me to see how someone could look at the fact that he's got a real shot at the nomination and then walk away . . .
Pat Buchanan, advice, Romney, presidential
512
2014-17-17
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 05:17 PM
Newsmax Media, Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved