• Mitt Romney Can ‘Run As First Divorced Mormon,’ Says… Wife?

    Mitt Romney is leading the Republican pack in a new poll from Townhall and Gravis Marketing. This poll is important because it tested Iowa voters (who cast the first votes in the GOP primary) and shows Romney on top with 21 percent. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is a distant second with 14 percent.

    However, none of that may matter, according to Ann Romney, who is privately saying Mitt won’t be making his third run for president in 2016.

    “A very prominent conservative Republican consultant called me last night and said that he spoke to Ann Romney over the weekend and Ann said if Mitt runs, he will run as the first divorced Mormon candidate for the president of the United States,” said John Zogby chief executive officer of Zogby Analystics and founder of the Zogby Poll.

    “She is sending out the word at least privately that he’s not running. We got two interesting developments here – whether he runs or he doesn’t run,” Zobgy said on The Steve Malzberg Show.

    In recent weeks, Mitt Romney has been meeting privately with monied donors and has made it clear that he is “seriously considering” making a third run for the White House.

    On the GOP side, Zogby added, “there’s going to be a battle for the heart and soul of the party,” pitting the “isolationist, anti-free trade” proponents against “neocons on the flip side and somewhere in the middle, you’re going to have Jeb and Mitt with a strong, but a more modulated voice.”

    Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who is one of Mitt Romney’s highest ranking surrogates, came out today and said that the two-time loser has been “vindicated.”

    “I think on domestic politics and foreign policy, I think most people understand Mitt Romney was right,” Chaffetz said here Thursday at the GOP retreat. “I think there’s a lot of buyer’s remorse for President Obama. What President Obama said and what he’s done are two different things. And I think they’re willing and wanting to give Romney a chance.”

    To that end, Obama’s poll numbers haven’t looked worse when it comes to how people judge his foreign policy agenda.

    Americans’s think Obama’s overall handling of foreign policy (34 percent approve vs. 57 percent disapprove) sucks. So Hillary Clinton, the assumed Democratic nominee, will have a tough time detaching herself from her old boss’s bad foreign policy record.

    And foreign policy is Mitt’s strong suit. But none of that will matter if his wife isn’t on board.

    Jerome Hudson

    Managing Editor

    Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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