Mitt Romney predicts Chris Christie, Jeb Bush in 2016 bids, ignores Ted Cruz, Rand Paul

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Mitt Romney, Republican Party's 2012 presidential nominee, on Friday fueled the talk that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will join the 2016 GOP race, along with several others including embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Ruling out another run during a "Today" show interview, Romney also said that likely Democratic presidential challenger Hillary Clinton is beatable “because I think people recognize that the country is just not doing what it needs to do.”

In waving off a third bid, Romney said, “This is a time for Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, Jeb Bush, Mike Pence, John Kasich, a long list, Marco Rubio.”

Some might note that Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts, appears to be in the camp pushing for a governor to be the party’s 2016 nominee. Of the six candidates he listed, five are or have been governors: Christie of New Jersey, Huckabee of Arkansas, Pence of Indiana, Bush of Florida and Kasich of Ohio.

Marco Rubio is the Republican senator from Florida.

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