Next time around, if there is one, Mitt Romney says he wants to be a champion of the middle and working classes.
Romney on Friday told the Republican National Committee's annual winter meeting in San Diego that he is mulling a third bid for the presidency. But not all Republicans are enamored by the prospect, and many of them are his former supporters.
The Los Angeles Times reports
that Romney's past reputation as a flip-flopper won't help him, and neither will the perception that he didn't care as much about the "47 percent" of the public he said were dependent on government that he now says he'll fight for.
Romney reportedly gave no specifics in his RNC speech, and the Times said that even his aides had trouble explaining how his new position would meld with the old.
"I don't understand the angle that he's taking," a Romney loyalist, who didn't want his name used, told the paper. "I don't understand why it's one of his top three talking points. I'm still trying to sort that out on my own."
Longtime RNC member Morton Blackwell of Virginia summed up the feelings of many, telling the Times, "I certainly hope that Romney is not our nominee again." Blackwell and his wife gave $30,000 to Romney's campaign in 2012.
"Look, having contributed more money to him than any other candidate in my lifetime, I think I have the right to say we've given him his shot," Blackwell said.
Others say they wouldn't be opposed to a Romney run, but they've already pledge support to others.
Gordon Sondland was part of Romney's 2012 national finance committee, but has already held fundraisers for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush this year.
"Many of us that have other relationships with other candidates have begun coalescing behind and supporting them," Sondland told the Times. "Once we do that, we dance with the one that brung us."
Senate Conservatives Fund President Ken Cuccinelli on Sunday told CNN's "State of the Union" http://www.cnn.com/shows/state-of-the-union that Romney shouldn't run again because he brings nothing new to the table and he didn't have the ability to win last time.
"He didn't get the nomination in 2012 until he'd essentially outlasted, with money, all of the other choices," Cuccinelli said.
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