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Romney: No, no, no to 2016

08/27/2014 9:00 PM

08/28/2014 2:00 AM

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“Someone else stands a better chance of winning than I do.” — Mitt Romney, explaining why he won’t run for president in 2016.

Romney’s comment came one day before a new Iowa poll showed him leading the GOP pack there. In a radio interview before the poll’s release, Romney said — for maybe the 200th time — in an interview that he’s not a candidate in 2016. He wrapped up the quote above by saying, “Had that not been the case, then I would be running.” Still, Romney fever is mounting — and who would have thought Republicans could get worked up about Mitt Romney? Well, it’s happening.

“It has come to my attention that Missouri state and local law enforcement agencies may be in need of additional resources due to the unanticipated costs of responding to the unrest in Ferguson.” — Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, a Republican, in a letter Wednesday to Attorney General Eric Holder.

Blunt wants the Justice Department to help out state and local law enforcement agencies in Missouri that dealt with the civil unrest in Ferguson the last few weeks. No response yet from Holder.

“Brian Newby is an extraordinary election commissioner.” — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach who on Wednesday reappointed Newby, the Johnson County election commissioner to another four-year term.

Newby has served in the job since 2005. Said Kobach: “He is not only recognized as a superstar by his peers in Kansas, he is also recognized nationally. He has been a source of innovation and improvement in Kansas elections for the past decade.”

“This CBO report says that our economy will actually grow less this year than it did in 2013.” — House Speaker John Boehner lamenting new findings that show the economy will grow by 1.5 percent this year, which is less than last year’s 1.9 percent.

Boehner again criticized Senate Democrats for not addressing any of the 40 jobs bills the House has passed. “The president and his party are instead talking about ideas that would just send more jobs overseas,” Boehner said. One issue: Many of the GOP tax-break proposals would increase the deficit. The CBO report contained some good news, too, as it said the government’s deficit over the next 10 years will actually be smaller than previously forecast.

“I think the President now, at this point — this will shock you when I say it — at this point, is doing the right thing.” — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell speaking about Barack Obama’s increasingly aggressive handling of ISIS.

McConnell said Congress is likely to back Obama if he asks lawmakers for support when they return from their August recess. “It’s pretty clear ISIS is a serious threat,” McConnell said.

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