Two days after Mitt Romney spoke in San Diego to the Republican National Committee about a potential 2016 run, syndicated columnist George Will sounded the pessimism alarm regarding the possibility.
Will told “Fox News Sunday” that the GOP does not “need to look backwards,” and rather to the future and “the strongest, most diverse” Republican field of candidates “since 1856” and the inaugural GOP field.
“It’s very hard to produce unanimity in American politics, particularly among fractious Republicans. But Mitt Romney this week did so,” Will remarked. “So far as I can tell, there’s no one expressing the desire, this pent up desire, for another Romney campaign.”
“Is the field weak? He doesn’t have that excuse,” Will told guest host Shannon Bream. “This is the strongest, most diverse Republican field since 1856 when there first was a Republican field.”
“Is the party weak? They control 31 governors. Seven of the ten largest states have Republican governors,” said Will. “They control both legislative chambers and the governorship in 23 states, thats 251 electoral votes. The Republican Party is geared up for a very strong showing in 2016 and they do not need to look backwards.”
Will has long been saying the GOP should nominate a midwestern governor, of which there could be multiple potential candidates, including Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, Ohio’s John Kasich and Indiana’s Mike Pence.