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Nevada Congressman Questions Mitt Romney 2016 Plans

Amodei is a Nevada Republican. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Staffers for Mitt Romney have reached out to a Nevada congressman about the 2012 presidential nominee's potential third bid for national office.  

Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., told CQ Roll Call Thursday that Romney's staffers talked to him last week. Nevada is typically one of the earliest states to host a nominating contest, and Amodei was one of Romney's early supporters in 2012.  Amodei said he met the Romney campaigns overtures with questions about what would be different in a 2016 campaign.  

"They said, 'Hey, you were one of his early supporters last time,' and I said, 'Hey I’d love to talk to you guys, but the first thing I want to talk about is what’s gonna change in the ground game, what’s gonna change in the debate stuff," Amodei said in an interview outside the House chamber. "I want to talk to him about what changes you’re making in your lineup to address what people thought were mistakes last time." The conversation was brief, Amodei said, and he was going to speak with them again to address some of his concerns.  

"It’s like, 'Listen, if you’re gonna run again, I want you to win,'" he said.  

As of yet, Amodei is not supporting any of the myriad Republicans who are considering running for president. He said he had also spoken with Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and attended his event in Reno last weekend.  

Romney is openly flirting with a third presidential bid in 2016 and has already reportedly begun reaching out to supporters in other early nominating states, like Iowa and New Hampshire.  

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