Presidential races

Romney: Clinton a ‘creature of Washington’

Greg Nash

Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) on Sunday said that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had spent too much time in Washington, D.C. to benefit Americans as their next president.

“People want to see change and Hillary Clinton is not that person,” Romney told host Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.”

{mosads}“She’s a creature of Washington,” Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, added. “She’s been there a long time.”

Clinton is expected to announce her candidacy later Sunday.

Romney argued that years of scandals had eroded faith in Clinton’s brand beyond repair. He cited last month’s revelation that she had used a private email server for her State Department communications as proof Americans question her integrity.

“You see in the polls the feeling that Hillary Clinton is just not that trustworthy,” Romney said.

“People remember with the Clintons that it’s always something,” he concluded.

Romney charged that Clinton additionally lacked a “new message” on economic policy for the campaign trail. Foreign policy, he continued, would serve as an even bigger bump in the road.

“The Clinton-Obama foreign policy had been a bust,” Romney declared. “The world is not safer.”

“She’s going to try running away from foreign policy,” he added.

Romney said that a lack of competition could hurt the Democratic Party during the next election cycle.

“There’s a good crowd of people,” Romney said of the 2016 GOP presidential field.

“We have the advantage of having an exciting debate on the primary side,” he added. “Compared to the Democratic side, it looks quiet over there.”

Romney declared in January he would not run for president a third time. The former governor unsuccessfully sought the Oval Office in 2012 and 2008.

Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas) and Rand Paul (Ky.) are the only Republicans who have publicly declared they will run for president in 2016. Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) is heavily rumored to announce his own bid on Monday in Miami.

Former Govs. Martin O’Malley (Md.) and Jim Webb (Va.) have expressed interest in pursuing the 2016 Democratic nomination.

Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) have also been floated as possible contenders. Warren said late last month that she would not run.

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