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Mitt Romney 2016: What 5 Liberal Pundits Say About GOP Presidential Hopeful

By    |   Monday, 29 Dec 2014 04:33 PM

Liberals are not normally fans of Mitt Romney, and probably wouldn’t be if he runs for president again in 2016. But they will occasionally make good points about the former Massachusetts governor.

Here’s what five liberal pundits have said about Romney.

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As Jeb Bush considered running for president with an exploratory committee, some observers felt Romney wouldn’t run. But liberal commentator Chris Matthews disagreed and said he believed Romney would end up beating Bush in the polls.

In fact, Matthews said in a December broadcast of "Hardball," “I keep thinking Romney is going to be the nominee after all this is over.” Matthews added: “I think Romney’s going to beat Jeb in the polls. You’ll see. Mark my words.”

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2. In an article in The New Republic about President Obama’s lack of concern of Russia’s influence over Ukraine, Adrian Karatnycky wrote about Russia’s threat to NATO allies.

He noted Romney’s assertion that Russia was a top geopolitical threat to the U.S. during a 2012 presidential debate. “Obama then rebutted him vigorously,” Karatnycky wrote. “But time proved Romney right.”

3. Romney’s economic policies often include the conservative view of revamping welfare. With dependency and entitlements a concern to many in the conservative movement, some opponents respond to these notions with accusations of racism.

Teamsters President James Hoffa used the charge when Romney claimed Obama was reversing the welfare reform and overhaul of the 1990s. Hoffa said this was “a thinly veiled attempt at some type of race baiting.”

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4. Romney’s “47 percent” remark during the 2012 campaign could still haunt him in a 2016 campaign, according to David Corn of Mother Jones. Romney had commented about that percentage of people believing “they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them,” and that he was not concerned about them during a fundraiser.

Corn wrote that Romney has made a series of explanations for the remark and that he “cannot come up with a clear explanation,” except the possible explanation that it is what he believes.

5. Logan Hill wrote in Rolling Stone about revelations from the documentary "Mitt" that followed the 2012 campaign. “Romney’s primary politics were just nasty as you imagined,” Hill wrote because Romney had said, “He wants to kick my teeth in,” when talking about a Republican rival.

Overall, the documentary paints a personal picture of Romney and avoids anything about him moving “money offshore” or withholding tax returns, Hill stated.

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Liberals are not normally fans of Mitt Romney, and probably wouldn't be if he runs for president again in 2016. But they will occasionally make good points about the former Massachusetts governor. Here's what five liberal pundits have said about Romney.
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