Elizabeth Warren vs. Mitt Romney For Prez? It’s Not Impossible

With a wide open Republican field, and Hillary Clinton faltering on the Democratic side, the notion of a 2016 race that pits former Gov. Mitt Romney against U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is emerging as a possibility, but both have a lot of work to do before they face off in a general election, according to pundits and pollsters.

“Warren is viable because of the gaffes Hillary has made on the stump,” said Ford O’Connell, a Republican consultant, referring to criticism and mockery Clinton is now drawing for declaring she and President Clinton were “dead broke” and struggled when they left the White House — though they command six-figure speaking fees.

“But it takes more for Clinton to stumble than for Warren to pick up national name recognition,” O’Connell said. Of Romney, he said, “A lot of folks have to falter in order for Romney to see daylight, but as long as you can raise money like a holy roller on Sunday morning, you’re viable.”

Neither Romney nor Warren have officially stated their intentions to take the plunge. But Romney’s recent political moves — hosting a national GOP confab, polling well in New Hampshire and planning to endorse Scott Brown there — and Warren’s national fundraising and her autobiography have raised speculation that both are looking at 2016. It would be a long-shot third run for Romney, and an equally challenging neophyte run for Warren, experts said.

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