Consider it advice from a man who knows a thing or two about losing.
Warning him that it “would be too easy for the Democrats,” 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney told current GOP contender Jeb Bush last year that he is no match for Hillary Clinton.
“Jeb, to be very honest, I think it’s very hard for you to post up against Hillary Clinton and to separate yourself from the difficulty of the W. years and compare them with the Clinton years,” Romney recalled telling Bush during an interview last week with the Washington Post.
The “W. years” is in reference to former President George W. Bush’s tenure in the White House.
Romney told the Washington Post recently that the exchange took place last January during a private meeting with Bush in a suburb of Salt Lake City, Utah.
“I like Jeb a lot,” he said. “I think he’d be a great president but felt he was unfairly but severely burdened by the W. years, and when I say the W. years, it’s not only what happened to the economy, but the tragedy in Iraq.”
The former Massachusetts governor said Bush responded by saying “he was going to make his campaign about the future, not about the past.”
“I didn’t say anything at that point,” Romney recalled. “But as he left, I said to myself, ‘Gosh, in my opinion, it’s not going to be as easy to make that separation as I think he gives the impression it will be.’”
“One of the few things I predicted that turned out to be true,” he concluded with his trademark humility.