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Mitt Romney Does Not Embrace Senator Ted Cruz

November 3, 2013

The most interesting exchange on the Sunday morning news shows took place on Meet The Press when Mitt Romney made it most clear that he is not warm to the antics of Senator Ted Cruz.  Earleir in the interview Romney made it known he did not support the government shutdown orchestrated by conservative Republicans.

Then came this artful use of language to underscore that Romney has no time for Ted Cruz. I suspect if Romney were honest he might even state he has disdain for the senator.  Romney has a certain respect for government and Cruz has shown contempt for the process.  Coming from a family of establishment Republicans who understand the value of government services makes the likes of Cruz not someone Romney would have time for.

DAVID GREGORY:

And it’s interesting, you have told Republicans since losing in 2012 that electability is still the key. That, even though other people, other Republicans may have liked some of your challengers, that you were the guy who was best positioned to beat President Obama. Do you think that Governor Christie is the odds-on favorite to be the nominee in 2016 because he’s the most electable?

FMR. GOV. MITT ROMNEY:

Well, I think it’s kind of early to say who’s the most electable and who would be the most effective candidate. But at this stage, you look at Chris Christie and say, “That’s a very impressive guy,” with a great track record, with a demonstrated ability to work across the aisle, with support of labor and blue-collar voters in New Jersey. It’s a pretty compelling story. And there are some other very compelling stories. Paul Ryan, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio; I mean, there’s a long list of very capable people. But Chris Christie stands out as one of the very strongest lights in the Republican Party.

DAVID GREGORY:

Does Ted Cruz stand out to you as a potential light of the Republican Party?

FMR. GOV. MITT ROMNEY:

Look, I’m not going to disqualify anybody. But I think I’ve indicated some of the names that I think are most effective in becoming elected, and we’ll see where it goes.

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