2012 GOP nominee Governor Mitt Romney opened the show with me today. We had an extensive discussion about whether or not he would ever be a candidate for the presidency. Judge for yourself whether he opened the door a bit or slammed it shut:
HH: Yesterday, the GOP’s vice presidential nominee in 2012, Paul Ryan, was my guest. Today, I’m so pleased to welcome back Mitt Romney, the GOP nominee in 2012. Governor Romney, welcome back, it’s good to have you.
MR: Thank you, Hugh, it’s good to be with you today.
HH: Now I know, Governor, that you have told everyone who’s asked that it’s very unlikely you would make a third run for the presidency. But if those unusual circumstances were to come about where you did, what would you do differently this time around?
MR: (laughing) Well, I’m not going to be running, but I can give a lot of advice to the many folks that are going to be running. And you know, there are a number of things I’d tell them. First, I think we have to work very early on, on Hispanic media, to make sure that our message is heard loud and clear by Hispanic voters. I think we underinvested in Spanish media, and I don’t think we monitored what the Obama people were saying and countered it. There were a lot of things they said which were, you know, in the nature of politics, things I wouldn’t think were fair. But you know, that’s how politics works, but we should have answered those things, shut them down, told people what we believed, and I think we would have done better with Hispanic voters. I think we have to do that particularly in states like Texas and Florida as well as Nevada and Arizona where Hispanic voters make up a large share of the voting population. Continue Reading