Tonight, while I sit in Evidence class, Mitt Romney will be speaking with Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity. It will be his first such interview since bowing out of the presidential race while speaking at CPAC. Snippets of the interview transcript were made available by Jonathan Martin at Politico.com.
Romney, despite having had a rough personal relationship with Sen. John McCain during the year or so the two battled against each other during the GOP primary, is being talked about as a possible choice for Vice President. Both Bob Novak and Fred Barnes seem to think that people close to President Bush are advocating in favor of the former Massachusetts governor.
Personally, I love the idea. It took me a while to warm up to Romney, but toward the end of January I got the feeling that he successfully made the transition between knowing what he needed to say in order to convey a message of conservatism to actually believing in the merits of the message that he was selling. Plus, his economic prowess will be a nice compliment to McCain’s admitted failure to distinguish his assets from his elbow.
Furthermore, from the looks of what he has to say tonight, Romney is not afraid to take the gloves off and throw a few combinations, an aggressive nature that McCain is certainly lacking. When the debate between Barack Obama and Senator Clinton shifts to the topic of national security, Romney said, listening to the pair tout their credentials reminds him of “listening to two chihuahuas argue about which is the biggest dog.”
“With Senator Clinton there is some confusion in perception that somehow being there while her husband was president made her a foreign policy-national security experienced person,” he said. “She is not. She doesn’t have any more experience, really, of a significant nature than Barack Obama does. But in Barack Obama’s case, people recognize this guy was a state senator and before that he was a community activist. He has been a United States senator for a short, short period of time. He is in no significant way qualified to lead the country at a time of war, to lead the country out of an economic challenge. This is not a person who can stand up to Senator McCain.”
For a while, I was wondering if I really wanted Romney to get involved with McCain’s campaign because it would inevitably be harder for him to run in 2012 should he be associated so closely with a failed bid this year. Now, though, we’re starting to see more and more people emerge as bright spots in the conservative movement–Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint immediately come to mind–that the options in 2012 would not be limited to Mitt.
Romney would be a nice fit for a McCain campaign. I hope it happens.
I keep coming back to conservatism. While Mitt Romney’s conservative credentials were nowhere near perfect, his transformation has been evident enough and the “what might have been” feeling among conservative voters was strong enough that I think a McCain/Romney ticket would be inordinately strong come November.