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.

Mitt Romney delivers the nomination speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. 
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Matt Berman
Jan. 28, 2014, 11:54 a.m.

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.

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