GOP senator makes a 2012 pick
January 2nd, 2011
11:36 AM ET
12 years ago

GOP senator makes a 2012 pick

(CNN) - Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham has a pick for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination: Mitt Romney.

The South Carolina Senator said Sunday in his mind, the leader of the pack is "the most electable conservative, whoever that is" but then said it's probably the former Massachusetts governor.

"Mitt Romney has got his problems as a candidate, but so does everyone else," Graham said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "But it's a changing environment. And the one thing you got to prove to the people of South Carolina, not only that you're conservative, but you can carry the day."

Romney, who lost the 2008 presidential nomination to Arizona Sen. John McCain, has yet to make an official announcement about his 2012 plans. He has spent the time since the midterm elections publicly commenting on President Obama's policies, including the tax deal and the New START.

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Bill

    Well, Romney is certainly the best flip flopper and liar, so I agree he will likely be the Republican nominee.

    January 2, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  2. MAC

    Mitt Romney would be best for the economy having been in business, but I do not trust him on health care. I voted for him in the primary in 2008 for the economy.

    January 2, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  3. GuyinVA

    Best joke of the 2008 campaign: Then Senator Obama reading the Top Ten priorities of an Obama presidency on David Letterman's show. I forget which number, but one of them was "Appoint Mitt Romney Secretary of Lookin' Good."

    January 2, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  4. Julia

    Greedy Republicans who enjoy the benefits of a federally funded health insurance plan, will try to repeal the Health Care Plan for the rest of us.

    Good luck suckers, we will all just go to the emergency room, and bust the total healthcare system. Who in the hell do you think you are? Republicans need to change the name of their party to the Marie Antonette Fascist Party. The French didn't eat cake and we won't just die quickily.

    January 2, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  5. Indy

    Mitts will never get past Romney Care which is essentially the same as Obama Care, next to John McCain he is the biggest flip flop out there and he has a pretty bad record for the way he runs a business that could haunt him in the primaries

    The Moron/Palin
    The Mormon/Romney
    2012 ???????????

    January 2, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. darla

    Who cares who he chooses. Why don't they do a good job in congress then the people will see. They were reelected because of their campaign promises. Why don't they focus on that first.

    January 2, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. sharon

    The Republicans will never vote for Romney as their candidate – he is Mormon. After all the racial slurs they used last year against Obama, they will only nominate a WASP(white anglo saxon Protestant). He is the most qualified but boy could you scare those nut job tea party people with a Mormon. I have absolutely nothing against the Mormons I am simply stating a fact. Religions that are different scare narrow minded people or people with preconceived notions about people different from them – the tea party people.Now some one as wacky and unintelligant as Sarah Palin appeals to them because she knows what buttons to push(pals around with terrorists). I am sure she is hoping Romney will get the nomination so she can step in.

    January 2, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  8. Tony

    Romney is not electable in the Republican primary because Republicans will not be able to explain the fact that individual mandate, the idea that everyone must buy insurance, which formed the basis of the Massachusetts healthcare plan enacted by Romney in 2006, actually came from Republicans.

    January 2, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  9. asdf

    If you are a true blue Democrat you should switch your registered party to Republican and vote for Palin to be the Republican nominee. Its the only sure way Obama gets reelected.

    January 2, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  10. vic nashville tn

    2012 about
    Obama health care vs Romeny health care

    Today Issa interview
    Ed Henry excellent jobs

    I love the questions I love it grate show

    January 2, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    Romney doesn't have what it takes to succeed. Mitch Daniels is a dark horse, but has much better ideas.

    January 2, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  12. Felix

    Romney has a big problem it is not that easy to have a President in the United States he is Mormon, and he is a person that have comunication problem in the past election McCain that is a man very hard to understand defeated him. Mos American are very suspicious about Mormon sect it is not that easey to understand who are they what they stand for and people like me that was there and walked around the temple did not get any inside about if they are a religion or and instiution!


    January 2, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  13. Oy Vey Az

    Mitt offers a swing back to the middle, and so what if he is fiscally tight while displaying his beliefs and social responsibilities?

    January 2, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  14. NC

    America needs a Republican for their next president.....obama isn't and hasn't been the answer to what America needs to come back as a super power country......we need to elect someone with experience in business......and if not someone with a military background, how about a vice president with some. obama will be a one term president.

    January 2, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  15. John in Brooklyn

    No surprises there, since Romney is the former governor of a same-sex marriage state.

    January 2, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    What's wrong with Graham, I like him.

    January 2, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  17. Cobra

    Republicans are in more trouble than you think if Romney is their guy. Michelle Obama can start ordering the new drapes and china.

    January 2, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  18. Claire

    Romney is the most business savvy of all the runners of both parties. I think he learned a lot about healthcare after experimenting himself. But the Republican party has become the tool of the far right, calling anyone who actual thinks and doesn't jump on partisan bandwagons a "RINO." It's the RINOs and Blue Dog Democrats who actually try to keep the country running and keep the U.S. in the global game. The far right just wants a theocracy and the far left wants to join the rest of the world in socialist dictatorship.

    January 2, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |