Could Mitt Romney be president in 2016?

2014-08-28 11:10
Mitt Romney. (File, AFP)

Mitt Romney. (File, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Washington - Americans may not be through with Mitt Romney after all.

The two-time Republican presidential candidate has repeatedly stressed over the past year that he is not interested in a third shot at the White House.

But an Iowa poll released on Wednesday suggests that Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who lost to President Barack Obama in 2012, would be the party's odds-on favourite if he threw his hat in the ring for 2016.

The survey of Iowa Republican voters conducted by Suffolk University and USA Today showed that if Romney was added to the pool of potential 2016 Republican contenders, 35% of respondents would place him first in the Iowa caucuses, the political contest that kicks off the primary calendar.

Arkansas ex-governor Mike Huckabee came in a distant second, at just 9%, with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie trailing at 6.5% and former senator Rick Santorum at 6%.

Senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul each earned 5%, while the remaining field was in the low single digits.

Only 170 likely caucus voters took part in that section of the poll, but it nevertheless fuels the frenzy over who will top the Republican ticket.

Just Tuesday on the Hugh Hewitt Show radio programme, Romney recalled his two previous losses and noted that "someone else has a better chance than I do" in 2016.

But he also left the door open. "You know, circumstances can change, but I'm just not going to let my head go there", Romney said.

Read more on:    barack obama  |  mitt romeny  |  us

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
4 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.