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Journal damn_registrars's Journal: The Teflon Candidate Sits Out The Rest of the Race 21

Teflon Tim Pawlenty has said he doesn't want to be Romney's VP.

I expect this is because his handlers were smart enough to realize that Romney will not win in 2012. And since Teflon Tim wants to be president, he may be better off not running as VP on a losing ticket, where he could be blamed for the loss. By waiting it out he can try to run for president again in 2016, when there will also be the benefit of no incumbent.
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The Teflon Candidate Sits Out The Rest of the Race

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  • I heard* that the Republicans have their eye on "Jeb" Bush for 2016, and that they were essentially waiting out the 2012 election; this hypothesis has the benefit of explaining Romney.

    * I can't remember the source.

    • I heard* that the Republicans have their eye on "Jeb" Bush for 2016, and that they were essentially waiting out the 2012 election; this hypothesis has the benefit of explaining Romney.

      That may be. I do recall hearing a while ago that Jeb gave an interview where he stated he now regrets having not run in this cycle.

      The biggest problem with the hypothesis of the GOP intentionally waiting this one out though is that it means they would actually consider this to be either a race they can't win, or a race that isn't worth winning. And I'm not sure what the advantage would be for them to do that, as losing this presidential race could be damaging to their brand in 2014 mid-terms and 201

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