If House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has her way, former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will get the 2016 nomination. Then, according to Pelosi, if Hillary Clinton decides to run, Clinton would demolish Romney in the general election.
“Let me put it this way —I hope he’s their nominee,” the top House Democrat told The Hill with a wry smile.
Pelosi was asked if Romney, who’s indicated an interest in running for president a third time, might have a chance at defeating Clinton in a general election matchup.
“No, no,” Pelosi said. “I mean, he might be a nice person —no offense, no offense— [but] let’s save you time.”
Pelosi, of course, wants to see Democrats trounce whoever gets the Republican nomination in the next presidential election. But even some Republicans have suggested that Romney getting the nomination again is a recipe for defeat.
National Review editor Rich Lowry recently wrote that a third Romney run would be “awkward” and Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV), an early backer of Romney in 2012, was approached by Romney staffers about supporting the former Massachusetts governor again. This time, though, Amodei said he wanted to see what would be different.