And now, Romney is back to his pre-presidential-race views on one of the biggest issues of this year.
“As you know, I part company with many of the conservatives in my party on the issue of minimum wage,” the former Republican governor of Massachusetts said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Friday. “I think we ought to raise it. Quite frankly, our party is all about more jobs and better pay.”
Romney weighed in on a few other hot-button topics, including Russia, the next presidential race, and Mother’s Day. Here are some highlights:
Romney wanted answers out of Hillary Clinton, but not about what you’d expect. “First of all, we’d like to hear whether she believes the failure to label Boko Haram as a terrorist organization was a mistake on her agency’s part or it was not and what’s the logic for not identifying this group as a terrorist organization. She hasn’t done so yet. I think people would like to hear her answer to that.”
He gave his lists of favorites for 2016, which doesn’t include himself. “I’m not running for president in 2016. I’m going to be supporting someone who represents the practical conservatives that I think we need. You know some of my favorites. Paul Ryan, of course. I love Paul. We were a great team together. But Chris Christie and Jeb Bush and Rob Portman. The list is long. Scott Walker. There are a lot of fellows and hopefully some women as well that are looking at this race and we’ll get a chance to see someone new. I think our best prospects of getting back the White House are with someone who has not run twice before as I have.”
It does include a woman. “Susana Martinez, governor of New Mexico, obviously has great potential and leadership. And I’m sure there are many that we could think of. I’m not going to go through a full list here. But you’ve seen a number of women take on increasingly responsible positions in the Republican Party. Frankly our party has women, has minority leaders, that I think ought to be looking at the national stage.”
Romney said he doesn’t think about the 2012 presidential debates, but the hosts of Morning Joe reminded him with this clip. “Is the world less stable today because President Obama miscalculated on [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and Russia?” they asked. “No question about that,” Romney said. “Fewer and fewer nations respect us and bow, if you will, to the demands of their people. And there’s no question that Vladimir Putin and Russia in particular are our geopolitical adversary. Doesn’t mean they’re our enemy and I never called them our threat. The greatest threat is a nuclear Iran. But I did say they were a geopolitical foe.”
Romney may be lurking in someone else’s backyard this weekend. “I always get lilacs for my wife on Mother’s Day. I find some place in the neighborhood where I can cut some lilacs. So I’m going to be looking or going to the grocery store and finding some.”