Mitt Romney remains a top contender for secretary of state after his glowing praise of Donald Trump and offers a potentially drama-free ride to confirmation for a president-elect still looking to fill his most important Cabinet post, political strategists said.
“Here’s what Mitt has over the other candidates — how much political capital does Donald Trump want to spend on a confirmation hearing?” asked GOP operative Ford O’Connell.
“Mitt Romney would be able to sail through a confirmation hearing. ... The rest of the Republicans — even the ones who don’t like Romney — at least see him as a pragmatic statesman.”
A Trump spokesman said yesterday that the position of secretary of state had been narrowed down to four candidates with no timetable for an announcement. The short list includes Romney, former CIA Director David Petraeus, Tennessee U.S. Sen. Bob Corker and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.