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GOP Rep: Next Republican Nominee, President Will Be… Mitt Romney?

Utah Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz told MSNBC’s Hardball that Mitt Romney will run for president and he’s going to win, no matter what other Republicans or even Romney himself have to say to the contrary.

Chaffetz, a fellow Utah Mormon, told Chris Matthews, “I think he actually is going to run for president. He probably doesn’t want me to say that. A hundred times he says he’s not [running] but Mitt Romney has always accomplished what he’s set out to do. I think he’s proven right on a lot of stuff. I happen to be in the camp that thinks he’s actually going to run, and I think he will be the next President of the United States.”

Chaffetz also spoke to the Salt Lake Tribune on Tuesday, adding that “there are more reasons [for Romney] to do it than not.”

“I haven’t yet consulted my Magic 8 Ball, but I bet it would come to the same conclusion,” he said.

Last week, a Quinnipiac University poll showed that 45 percent of Americans think the country would be better off today if Romney had won the presidency while 38 percent say the country would have been worse off.

Utah Republican Party Chairman James Evans even told the Deseret News that he is pushing to change the rules of the Republican National Committee to allow the GOP to “draft” Romney even if he doesn’t declare his candidacy.

“It’s never been done before,” Evans told the News. “We’re not going to stop until we have Gov. Romney as the Republican nominee.”

Though Romney has stated he’s not running, as all eventual candidates do, he has been extra critical of the president in recent weeks and months.

“I don’t know how we can go on with a country not having the kind of leadership that it needs,” Romney told Fox News in June. “This is the result of the president’s missteps over the past several years.”

So what do you think? With every Republican tanking in the polls against Hillary, is Mitt Romney the GOP’s great white hope?

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