Two years ago, Mitt Romney was riding high as the Republican nominee to challenge President Obama for the White House. A few verbal gaffes and campaign mistakes later and Obama was re-elected and Romney went home. Now in 2014, the president’s approval rating is at an all time low and the former governor of Massachusetts is in high demand to campaign for Republican candidates, and isn’t shy with his thoughts about the Obama administration.
Since being elected, President Obama has had to deal with the backlash of the consulate attack in Benghazi, the rise of ISIS, new military action in Iraq and Syria, and the Ebola virus, just to name a few. With problems brewing around the world, Obama hasn’t had a good hand to play. Even past supporters of the president have soured on him, complaining of an expansion of the National Security Agency (NSA), a heavy increase in drone use, and his support of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement, all among a growing list of disappointments from the political left.
While Democrats have pushed away from the president this campaign season, Alison Lundergan Grimes wouldn’t even admit to voting for him, Republicans have been lobbying for Mitt Romney to appear at their rallies. Speaking to Fox News in an interview published on Friday, Romney called it a “real thrill” to get back on the campaign trail and make a difference. Romney was campaigning for Doug Ducey, Arizona’s Republican candidate for governor, and a crowd of nearly 1,500 came out to hear the former governor speak.
When asked about the recent outbreak of Ebola in the United States, Romney referred to Obama as the “spectator-in-chief,” questioning why the president hasn’t taken a more aggressive approach to stop the virus from coming to the United States. “This is your administration. You appointed those people to lead those organizations. They report to you,” Romney said, before noting, “you should have been meeting with them, dealing with these issues before they broke and embarrassed our nation.”
Romney’s criticism falls in line with other top Republicans, especially those who are looking to position themselves for a presidential run in 2016. Romney hasn’t given any indication that he’s looking to give a run for the White House another try, but he does have his supporters. According to a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll, 34 percent of Republican voters said they would definitely consider backing Romney, who led a field of potential candidates that included Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and Rand Paul.