Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has to fight off an elephant if he expects to capture the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said Monday on ABC’s “Top Line.” Steele conceded that Romney’s health care overhaul in Massachusetts inspired President Barack Obama’s health care law.
“I’m sure that’s a talking point his team does not want to have out there,” Steele said of Romney. “But the reality of it is that it is [the inspiration].”
Steele continued: “For Mitt Romney, he’s got a health care elephant in the room he’s got to deal with among the base.”
Steele indirectly suggested that Romney, who delivered his first New Hampshire speech of the cycle last weekend, is not the right man for the job.
“My hope is that someone will emerge, and I don’t think that person has yet, that really strikes a chord, not just with the conservative base, but really with those crossover voters, those independent voters ...” Steele said. “There’s also a financial or fundraising component here as well. As you noticed with the Mitt Romney donors, some of them are saying, ‘Well, let’s kind of wait and see who else gets into the race; we’re not willing to write the check right now.’”
On January 3, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., raises her right hand as her son Henry messes up her hair while Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., delivers the ceremonial swearing-in in the Old Senate Chamber. Gillibrand's other son Theodore, lower right, looks on.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.