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Jeb Bush President 2012: If Mitt Romney Loses Michigan   We Need a New Candidate Says Top GOP Senator

Former Gov. Jeb Bush speaks at the Hispanic Leadership Network’s conference, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 in Miami

You knew it was going to start.

The GOP establishment is getting antsy about Mitt Romney and if he does manage to lose Michigan – well, he is done.

A prominent Republican senator just told me that if Romney can’t win in Michigan, the Republican Party needs to go back to the drawing board and convince somebody new to get into the race.

“If Romney cannot win Michigan, we need a new candidate,” said the senator, who has not endorsed anyone and requested anonymity.

The senator believes Romney will ultimately win in Michigan but says he will publicly call for the party to find a new candidate if he does not.

“We’d get killed,” the senator said if Romney manages to win the nomination after he failed to win the state in which he grew up.

“He’d be too damaged,” he said.  “If he can’t even win in Michigan, where his family is from, where he grew up.”

What about Rick Santorum?

“He’d lose 35 states,” the senator said, predicting the same fate for Newt Gingrich.

And, who would the new candidate be?

Jeb Bush, said this Senator.

I, frankly, think it will be Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels or Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal – or even Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan.

If the GOP wants to win against President Obama, they had better hope Santorum beats Romney in Michigan.

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  • Chuck Denton

    Based on the massive money the Romney backers are spending on ads, and being Romeny’s so called home state – the fact that his success is a concern tells me he will never give Obama a real challenge. This is McCain 2008 all over again. We need more than a new candidate, we need a political system that stands up for the country and not outsiders with money.

  • http://flapsblog.com Gregory Flap Cole

     It will be worse than McCain in 2008 because we know more about Obama (and what he will do in his second term) and Romney will not be picking anyone like Sarah Palin as his running mate.

  • http://theundergroundconservative.wordpress.com/ The Underground Conservative

    No on Mitch Daniels here. His support for a VAT turns me off, plus his demand that conservatives shut up and go sit in the back of the bus and just vote for the GOP. Ryan, Jindal, Palin, Jeb Bush yes.

    My guess is Romney would pick T-Paw. Feel the excitement in that ticket.

  • http://flapsblog.com Gregory Flap Cole

     Romney and T-Paw – Wow!

    Even Mitch Daniels would look good.

    I’ll take any of the POLS you mentioned.

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