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‘The Grizz’ eyes possible 2016 presidential run — if Romney loses

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      Jamie Weinstein

      Jamie Weinstein is Senior Editor of The Daily Caller. His work has appeared in The Weekly Standard, the New York Daily News and The Washington Examiner, among many other publications. He also worked as the Collegiate Network Journalism Fellow at Roll Call Newspaper and is the winner of the 2011 "Funniest Celebrity in Washington" contest. A regular on Fox News and other cable news outlets, Weinstein received a master’s degree in the history of international relations from the London School of Economics in 2009 and a bachelor's degree in history and government from Cornell University in 2006. He is the author of the political satire, "The Lizard King: The Shocking Inside Account of Obama's True Intergalactic Ambitions by an Anonymous White House Staffer."

If President Barack Obama wins a second term, tire mogul and 1996 presidential contender Morry “the Grizz” Taylor says he will enter the 2016 presidential race.

“If Obama wins then you guys get ready, because somebody is going to have to fix this mess and it is going to be a real bad mess in four more years if he’s running it,” the Titan International CEO told The Daily Caller in a phone interview last week, after first suggesting the news day must be slow for this writer to catch up with the”wild man from the Midwest.”

“And then I’m going to run. Because if you had now with the TV and the debates, I would have a blast.”

Is the Grizz, whose quixotic and colorful Republican presidential run in 1996 was brilliantly chronicled by Michael Lewis in the campaign classic “Losers,” serious?

“If Mitt don’t win it, in four years, I’m going to run. … You watch me change the debate.”

And while he concedes he “might not win,” the Grizz, who turns 68 this week, says “at least the American people will have a real choice.”

“Let’s face it: You know as well as I do that I’m not a politician. I’m a fixer.”

“I fix things that are broke. You can only do that if you get good people, if you know how to pick good people. I think Romney is much more better and he won’t tell you to your face straight up you’re full of BS, okay. I get very short and I would. But to fix it is not that hard when you look at it totally. Almost every agency in the federal government you could cut it in half and there is not an American citizen who would have a problem.”

The Grizz thinks federal regulations are stifling American business and that if the government cuts the corporate tax and allows American businesses to bring  back money stored abroad without it being taxed, it would have a bigger stimulative effect than anything the Obama administration and Congress have done to date.

When TheDC caught up with him last December, he was unsure of who to support in the Republican presidential primary. Now, he is firmly in Mitt Romney’s corner.

“He’s smarter than anybody running,” he said. “And a super good man.”

And according to the Grizz, Romney is in the driver’s seat.

“I think all the polls are wrong and I think this is Romney and Ryan’s to lose,” he said.