Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., may believe that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney running for president would be the ‘definition of insanity,’ but Rep. Jason Chaffetz thinks that 2016 is Romney’s moment.
‘He called me last Saturday, and I told him if Ann Romney wasn’t going to run I’d be 100 percent supportive of Mitt,’ Chaffetz, R-Utah, told reporters Thursday at the House-Senate Republican retreat in Hershey, Pa. ‘As Republicans look at the candidates, I think he checks three boxes: He’s well-vetted, we know exactly what we’re going to get; He was right on the issues, that has played itself out, not only on domestic politics, but certainly on foreign policy; and he’s one of the few people that can raise the $1 billion it’s going to take to beat Hillary Clinton.’
Asked if he thought former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush could raise enough money to survive a Republican presidential primary and face the Democratic Party nominee, Chaffetz, chair of the House Oversight and Government and Government Reform Committee, said ‘Three times a Bush, I’m not sure that’s the right formula.’