WASHINGTON – CBS’ Bob Schieffer announced on his Sunday morning program “Face the Nation” that Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican Presidential candidate, may enter the race for President in 2016, this time running as a Democrat.
“I have a source that told me that if Jeb Bush decides not to run, that Mitt Romney may actually try it again,” Schieffer said. “Only this time he’s gonna go for it from the other side of the aisle.”
Schieffer’s source turned out to be Mitt Romney himself, who later gave reporters a number of reasons why he felt he would be a good fit for the Democratic nomination should he choose to run for President again. “For one thing, I was Governor of a very blue state,” he explained. “Also, I was pro-choice in the past and certainly could be again. And then, of course, there’s how I personally paved the way for the increasingly popular national healthcare policy that I like to call Nationwide Romneycare.”
Though he has yet to formally announce his candidacy for the 2016 Democratic nomination, Romney has flamed speculation in recent weeks.He recently put together a reunion in Park City, Utah for members of his 2012 campaign and debate teams, and he has become a common guest on TV news shows (appearing 12 times in the past six months), raising his national visibility. All of which has allowed his favorability among Americans to climb to a high of 47% in February.
“I tell you, Mitt’s got the fever,” said Schieffer. “You can see it in his eyes. He wants to win, and he knows there’s no way the Tea Party would let him survive a second Republican primary. Switching sides just makes political sense.”
For his part, Romney is keeping his plans close to the vest. “A lot can happen between now and 2016,” he mused. “But I do look good in blue, don’t I?”