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Mitt Romney: Chris Christie's Not a Bully. He's Like LBJ. Mitt Romney: Chris Christie's Not a Bully. He's Like LBJ.

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Mitt Romney: Chris Christie's Not a Bully. He's Like LBJ.

The former Republican presidential candidate came to the New Jersey governor's defense on Fox News Tuesday.

(Chet Susslin)

photo of Matt  Berman
January 28, 2014

Mitt Romney is in the midst of a media blitz as part of the release of Netflix's Mitt documentary. And on Tuesday, he turned up on Fox News to, among other things, talk about Chris Christie and the state of the Republican Party heading into 2016.

Asked by host Neil Cavuto if he thinks Christie's recent scandals make him seem "bully-esque," Romney didn't give in. "I consider it being a kind of strong, LBJ-type leadership style," Romney said. "I think people want someone who is tough."

It's not just a little odd for a Republican to favorably compare another Republican to LBJ, he of the War on Poverty and welfare state. It's also a bit odd to turn to LBJ here because he was kind of a bully (Exhibits A, B, C).

 

Romney also talked potential 2016 GOP nominees, saying that he's not going to "choose favorites," and doesn't plan to endorse anyone, including his former running-mate Paul Ryan, until after the primaries.

You can watch the full clip here:

Mitt Romney on Fox News

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