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Mitt Romney 2016? — UPDATED

By Lynn R. Mitchell

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This graphic has been making the rounds with my Mitt Romney friends. When he appeared in Richmond at Burgers with Bill in June (see photos) — along with Bill Bolling, Ed Gillespie, and Bob McDonnell — Governor Romney was asked over and over by guests and the media if he planned to run (or if he would run) for President in 2016. His response was always a smile followed by, “No.” I got the sense he was being patient and courteous but he truly meant it.

Though he seemed resolved in his response, I’ve been around politicians long enough to know that “no” doesn’t always mean no. One has to wonder if there is a circumstance that would open that door to make Romney run again. Or is this just pie-in-the-sky hopes of longtime supporters?

Here’s another look at the issue from Damon Linker at The Week (see The laughable campaign to get Mitt Romney to run in 2016).

Update: Here’s another very positive look (see The Case for Mitt Romney in 2016 in Politico).

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2012: ‘George W. Bush not endorsing in presidential primary is no mystery’

George W. Bush 11By Lynn R. Mitchell
[A look back at the 2012 presidential election. Originally published April 13, 2012, at Bearing Drift.]

The media are beside themselves trying to figure out why former President George W. Bush has not endorsed in the current Republican presidential contest. Everywhere you look, there’s some variation of the question wondering why he isn’t front and center. One example of the ink spent on the story is this one from Politico that asks, “Where is George W. Bush?” and accuses him of being on a “self-imposed exile” from the current political season.

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ICYMI: Photos from ‘Burgers with Bill’

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For 20 years, Bill Bolling — former Virginia Lieutenant Governor, state Senator, and Hanover County supervisor — has gathered with friends and supporters in June near the date of his birthday on the 15th for Burgers with Bill, a casual cookout fundraiser. This year was the 20th anniversary of that event and it was an invitation-only evening in Richmond, compliments of Bolling’s Mainstream Virginia Project. With temperatures soaring into the 90s, it was literally the hottest ticket in town with hundreds in attendance.

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Burgers with Bill: Mitt and Kurt

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Governor Mitt Romney and Dr. Kurt Michael at Tuesday’s “Burgers with Bill” event in RVA.
Kurt is our political cartoonist and managing editor at LynnRMitchell.com.

 

Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell
June 17, 2014

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Photos # 6 – Burgers with Bill: Jean Ann and Bill Bolling

By Lynn R. Mitchell

??????????“Burgers with Bill” was a huge success with hundreds of Republican donors, activists, and long-time volunteers enjoying an upbeat atmosphere with friends and allies they have worked with for years.

??????????Jean Ann Bolling. (More photos after the fold.)

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Photos #5 – Burgers with Bill: Signing the bus, Gillespie style

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??????????Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling signs as Ed Gillespie watches. (More photos after the fold.)

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Photos #3 – Burgers with Bill: Mitt Romney

??????????Husband, father, grandfather … Governor, Presidential candidate … mentor, friend, elder statesman, church member, entrepreneur, philanthropist. Mitt Romney has proven he was the leader America needed in times such as these. Tuesday he was in Richmond to advance the candidacy of Ed Gillespie, Virginia’s Republican U.S. Senatorial candidate, at the “Burgers for Bill.” He was asked over and over if would run for president again … he told the press no when they asked. Smiling, he patiently posed for countless photos

??????????Ed Gillespie, Mitt Romney, and Bill Bolling addressed the crowd of more than 400 friends and allies.

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Photos #2 – Burgers with Bill … faces in the crowd

??????????Two friends … Bob and Bill. The crowd sang “Happy Birthday” for these two whose birthdays were June 15. (In the background are Davis Rennolds, Charlie Judd, and others.) More photos after the fold….

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Photos #1 – Burgers with Bill … Bolling, Romney, Gillespie, McDonnell joined by 400 guests

??????????The 20th Annual “Burgers with Bill” was a highlight event Tuesday at Innsbrook on the western edges of Richmond with more than 400 friends and allies attending as guests of former Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling and his wife Jean Ann. The Bollings continued the event this year as an appreciation dinner for those who have traveled the journey with them through 22 years of elected office. The LG was joined by Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ed Gillespie and Governor Mitt Romney who was the GOP U.S. Presidential nominee in 2012 and remains extremely popular with Republicans nationwide. (See Burgers with Bill tonight … hottest ticket in UVA headlining Bill Bolling, Mitt Romney, Ed Gillespie.)

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Governor Romney signed the bus, a tradition with the Gillespie campaign at events throughout the Commonwealth. Others in the crowd signed, too, finding room among other familiar Republican signatures.

??????????Governor Mitt Romney and Dr. Kurt Michael. (More photos after the fold.)

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Burgers with Bill tonight … hottest ticket in RVA headlining Bill Bolling, Mitt Romney, Ed Gillespie

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For 20 years, Bill Bolling — former Virginia Lieutenant Governor, state Senator, and Hanover County supervisor — has gathered with friends and supporters in June near the date of his birthday on the 15th for Burgers with Bill, a casual cookout fundraiser. Tonight is the 20th anniversary of that event and it’s an invitation-only evening in Richmond, compliments of Bolling’s Mainstream Virginia Project. With temperatures soaring into the 90s, it is literally the hottest ticket in town with hundreds expected to attend.

Two special guests will be part of the birthday festivities. Former Massachusetts Governor and U.S. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney will join his long-time friend who served as Virginia state chairman of his 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns.

Also joining them will be Virginia U.S. Senate candidate Ed Gillespie, which is another reunion. In the 2012 election night opening scene of the documentary movie “Mitt”  that had cameras following Mitt Romney and his family during the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, there was a familiar face, Ed Gillespie, who was a senior adviser to Romney during the 2012 campaign. So tonight it seems only fitting that Ed will join Mitt who will join Bill.

In May, Bill Bolling wrote a Facebook post announcing this year’s event:

Pleased to announce that the 20th annual Burgers With Bill will be held on Tuesday, June 17. Even more pleased to announce that our special guest will be Governor Mitt Romney! I really appreciate Mitt coming to Virginia to help me thank my friends for all you’ve done for Jean Ann and me over the years. Stay tuned for more details.

It will be a fun evening with friends and a great opportunity to meet Governor Romney. Fire up the grill!

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Mitt Romney’s influence growing in the GOP

By Lynn R. Mitchell

When former Massachusetts governor and U.S. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney threw his support Thursday behind Arkansas U.S. Senate candidate Tom Cotton, many noted that it was just the latest in a string of endorsements during the 2014 election cycle from this common sense conservative leader.

Mike Van Fossen, a Romney supporter from North Carolina, noted:

“12 for 12 in endorsements isn’t bad! If he were a baseball player he would be on the all star team and maybe player of the year! As the great Jack Welch said, “Mitt Romney is the single best candidate that has run for President in the last 50 years!”

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Burgers with Bill … Bolling and Romney together again – UPDATED

Bill Bolling 7 Mitt RomneyBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Former Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling posted Tuesday night on his Facebook page:

Pleased to announce that the 20th annual Burgers With Bill will be held on Tuesday, June 17. Even more pleased to announce that our special guest will be Governor Mitt Romney! I really appreciate Mitt coming to Virginia to help me thank my friends for all you’ve done for Jean Ann and me over the years. Stay tuned for more details.

Burgers with Bill will be a great opportunity for Bill Bolling and Mitt Romney supporters to spend time with two respected Republican leaders. Mark your calendars!

More from Andrew Cain at the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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Judge denies McDonnell request for dismissal and separate trials, his lawyers prepare defense against the highly questionable charges

By Lynn R. Mitchell

From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

Motions denied: A federal court judge today denied a motion by former Gov. Bob McDonnell to separate his trial from that of his wife, Maureen. He also refused to throw out corruption charges against the McDonnells. That means the joint trial will go on on July 28.

It’s sad to see that this witch hunt has been allow to progress so far. To help with the governor’s defense, go to The Restoration Fund to donate. You will be joining other high-profile names like former Massachusetts Governor and U.S. President candidate Mitt Romney who gave $10,000. Every little bit helps.

Also check out these articles about the federal government and its pursuit of Republican governors in Virginia and New Jersey. While ignoring the bungling of Benghazi where Americans actually died, DoJ pursues high-ranking Republicans:

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