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Mitt Romney Could Become the GOP Nominee

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Monday, 07 Mar 2016 11:40 AM

Mitt Romney could well become the eleventh-hour GOP presidential nominee — and he knows it, reports ThinkProgress, a leading progressive news blog based in Washington.

"The story of the day is Romney's eligibility for the 2016 presidential nomination," writes political reporter Emily Atkin, who notes the former Massachusetts governor could slip into a brokered or contested GOP convention and walk away with the GOP's blessing.

"The one technical problem someone like Romney — or House Speaker Paul Ryan — would face at the convention is the fact that currently, Republican Party rules require candidates to have won eight states to get the nomination."

But Steffen Schmidt, a political science professor at Iowa State University, tells Atkin the party could alter that requirement.

"I have talked to GOP leaders who tell me the party can change the rules to allow Mitt Romney to be inserted as the candidate even though he has not been running," Schmidt said.

And Romney knows it, telling NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that in the case of a brokered convention, "I don't think anyone in our party should say, 'Oh no, even if the people of the party wanted me to be president, I would say no to it.' No one is going to say that."

While Romney ruled out running for president a third time, the possibility that could change emerged last week when he held a press conference to rake Donald Trump's candidacy over the coals.

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