News From 2016 – Reported Now!
[Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of news reports from the year 2016 based on Mitt Romney winning the Presidency and Republicans taking control of the Senate and retaining control of the House. These stories are not predictions of what will happen, but they are indications of what could happen. That in itself should be scary enough.]
Republicans Deny Mitt Romney Re-Nomination; President to Run on the Democratic Ticket
WASHINGTON May 32, 2016 (A.P.) - In a startling development in the 2016 Presidential election incumbent Republican Mitt Romney, apparently denied a chance at re-nomination by Republicans, has reached agreement with Democratic Party leaders to be nominated at the Democratic convention in Minot, N. D. and run as the Presidential nominee of that party. The news comes just weeks after the insurgent campaign of Sarah Palin achieved enough delegates to deny Mr. Romney the Republican nomination.
Mr. Romney’s chances at running again as a Republican were dealt a severe blow when he allowed a debt ceiling increase to take place early in his administration, and when he failed to balance the federal budget in his first year. The President also incurred the wrath of his party by refusing to eliminate all taxes on people making more than $250,000 a year and by allowing the Defense budget to only double in size instead of the increases proposed by House Republicans. This caused Ms. Palin to enter primaries against Mr. Romney and to quickly amass enough delegates to win the nomination.
Democratic leaders met with Mr. Romney and offered him the nomination because, as one of them put it “Who else do we have? Yeah, there is a city councilman in
Omaha and a county
commissioner in New Jersey,
but other than that we got squat.” Mr.
Romney is expected to name current and former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist as his
running mate, because Mr. Crist was also previously a Republican and because no
Democrat was willing to be considered for the VP nomination.
The final obstacle to Mr. Romney running as a Democrat was removed when he proclaimed himself to be “Pro-Choice” and in favor of abortion rights. “I have always been Pro-Choice” the President said, “except for those times when I wasn’t.”
Far from being disturbed at being attacked for switching parties, Mr. Romney told supporters “Look, whatever you do, you should always strive to be the best. I am not just a flip flopper, I think I am the best there ever was and my accepting the Democratic nomination just shows how far I have come.”