In an appearance on “Morning Joe” Wednesday, NBC’s Chuck Todd said that if Hillary Clinton was seen as an “intimidating candidate” within the GOP ranks, the trio of Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush and Chris Christie all would not be considering 2016 runs.
Todd made the comments as increased chatter points to a potential Romney run.
The “Meet The Press” anchor told “Morning Joe” co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski that Christie would run either way to redeem “his own political persona” in all likelihood, but potential Romney and Bush runs show a lack of fear on the GOP side.
“It looks like Hillary Clinton’s book tour over the summer actually had the opposite effect,” Scarborough said. “It’s actually encouraged a lot of people to run and showed her weaknesses as a candidate.”
“I think that’s a great way of putting it. If [Hillary Clinton] had a different type of a book tour, do we think Jeb Bush would get in, do we think Mitt Romney reconsiders?” Todd told Scarborough. “I don’t put Christie in that category, I think Christie wants to run almost as much about redeeming his own political persona more than anything else.”
“But I think there is something to it here, right. If Hillary Clinton were an intimidating candidate, I don’t know if both Bush and Romney would be risking [a 2016 run],” Todd said.