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‘Great. Just great.’ Romney 2016 speculation sparks déjà vu, facepalms

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Mitt Romney was in Iowa recently to help drum up support for Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst:

Spotted in Cedar Rapids: Mitt and Wilson, who drove his white pickup across America for Romney. Cc @mikiebarb

— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) October 13, 2014

Romney, excited to see Wilson, asked how his truck was holding up and said "you son of a gun!"

— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) October 13, 2014

I'm on a @Delta flight out of Cedar Rapids with Mitt Romney. Yes, folks, he's in coach. And smiling for fan pics.

— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) October 13, 2014

Mitt Romney waiting in DTW jet bridge for his @delta pink-tagged bag. Next, he got some Taco Bell.

— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) October 13, 2014

But some can’t help but wonder if his visit might mean something more:

NEW w/ @costareports: Can't quit Mitt: Friends say Romney feels nudge to consider a 2016 presidential run

— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) October 13, 2014

At Iowa breakfast, a donor told Joni Ernst her job in Senate would be to convince Romney to run again

— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) October 13, 2014

TPaw tells WaPo he'd encourage Romney to run a 3rd time, said 2016 field is "untested & unproven." W/ @costareports

— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) October 13, 2014

A lotta new deets on behind the scenes Romney activity that makes intimates think Mitt actually could give 2016 a go

— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) October 13, 2014

More from WaPo’s Rucker and Bob Costa:

Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee and now the tacit head of the Republican Party, visited Iowa as part of a feverish nationwide tour designed to help the GOP take control of the Senate. He has insisted that he is not interested in running for president a third time. But his friends said a flurry of behind-the-scenes activity is nudging him to more seriously consider it.

Romney has huddled with prominent donors and reconnected with supporters in key states in recent months. Because of the vacuum of power within his party and the lack of a clear 2016 front-runner, confidants said Romney is grappling with this question: If drafted, would he answer the party’s call?

Further juicing the speculation was a Des Moines Register-Bloomberg News poll released over the weekend showing that Romney is the only potential 2016 candidate who would beat Hillary Rodham Clinton (D) among likely Iowa voters, 44 percent to 43 percent.

That’s great and all, but at this point, is Romney really the right man for the job?

I love Romney and think he would have made a phenomenal president. However I don't think he should run in 2016.

— From Flatwater (@FromFlatwater) October 13, 2014

Not everyone was so polite about it:

AAAAARRRRRGGGGGHHH RT @DRUDGE_REPORT: PAPER: Romney weighs 2016 while campaigning for midterm hopefuls…

— John Ekdahl (@JohnEkdahl) October 13, 2014

Great. Just great. RT @DRUDGE_REPORT: PAPER: Romney weighs 2016 while campaigning for midterm hopefuls…

— TheH2 (@TheH2) October 13, 2014

Because Losing Twice Wasn't Enough? Romney weighs 2016 as he hits the trail for 2014 hopefuls via @washingtonpost

— Tom Caso (@casolaw) October 13, 2014

Defeated by more conservative grandson in primary. RT @Matthops82: The year is 2080, Mitt Romney launches his 19th bid to become President.

— Aaron Gardner (@Aaron_RS) October 13, 2014

*Gets drunk. Runs head into wall*

— Matthew (@Matthops82) October 13, 2014

Look…I like Mitt Romney, but no. Stop. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD stop running for President

— Matthew (@Matthops82) October 13, 2014

God, please no! You've lost twice. TWICE! Just stop! // Friends say Romney feels nudge to consider a 2016 pres run

— Todd White (@hecubus1st) October 13, 2014

@Matthops82 So basically our choice is get Ebola or live and have to vote for Romney again. I quit.

— Brenda (@beebobaby) October 13, 2014

Hey, don’t forget about SMOD

SMOD/Ebola 2016

— Joe Cunningham (@JoeC_Esquire) October 13, 2014

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