Tim Pawlenty cites John McCain, Mitt Romney in predicting Jeb Bush can win GOP nomination

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Wednesday he believes former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush can win the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, dismissing the notion that conservatives wouldn’t elect an “establishment” candidate by pointing to the party’s standard bearer the past two presidential cycles.

“See John McCain; see Mitt Romney,” Mr. Pawlenty, who ended his 2012 presidential campaign in the summer of 2011, said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “In McCain’s case, a very compelling personal story and a gritty performance; in Mitt Romney’s case, obviously a man of great talent but also someone with a tremendous amount of campaign resources and infrastructure.”

“Jeb can do that,” Mr. Pawlenty continued. “But it’s not going to be uncontested, assuming he runs, and there’s a bunch of people who are going to get in the race [who will] have something to say about it.”

Mr. Pawlenty went on to say the party has “shifted” and that it’s not so much a manifestation of the tea party as it is a Libertarian wing on the right represented by people like Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.

“You wouldn’t have predicted McCain or Romney won last time — they did,” he said.

6 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • CforUS says:

    Like Boehner, I wonder if Jeb knows any conservatives? I should phrase the question differently. Does Jeb talk to or listen to any conservatives? I say, doubt it. Much like his brother I’m looking for big spending, big amnesty, big ass kissing, bigger Obamacare from Jeb. The only thing I give him is he’ll likely get limited support from the media. They will be able to depend on him to act like them.

  • empty pockets says:

    “You wouldn’t have predicted McCain or Romney won last time — they did,…”
    Duh!…No, Timmy, they LOST. The object is to win the BIG election against…you know…the OTHER guys.

    Geez…with brilliance like that…

  • iprazhm says:

    Both of these men are losers of presidential races.
    Don’t think their abilities to judge presidential outcomes are viable for consumption.

  • mudguy1 says:

    Do losers always predict other losers can lose better than they did.

    1. iprazhm says:

      Sorry mudguy1 shoulda read your post, would have saved me time and finger plucking.

  • CTH says:

    What makes this RINO’s comments worthy of being reported?

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