Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney returned to the Sunday shows almost exactly one year since he lost the election to Barack Obama, only to attack the President and call his second term into question. The former Republican politician wasted no time attacking the President over his rocky Obamacare roll out during his appearance on NBC's Meet the Press. "The president failed to learn the lessons that came from the experience in Massachusetts," Romney said, repeating that he thinks a state-by-state healthcare plan would work better. Romney then launched into a greater attack on the President's "you can keep your insurance" controversy. "Perhaps the most important lesson the president, I think, failed to learn was, you have to tell the American people the truth," he said. "And when he told the American people that you could keep your health insurance if you wanted to keep that plan, period, he said that time and again, he wasn't telling the truth. And I think that fundamental dishonesty has really put in peril the whole foundation of his second term." Romney thinks the guy elected to lead the country instead of him is no longer fit to lead. "The fact that the president sold it on a basis that was not true has undermined the foundation of his second term. I think it's rotting it away," Romney said. "We've got to have a president that can lead, and right now he's not able to do so." The former Massachusetts governor also praised Chris Christie, who his campaign allegedly passed on as vice president because of health and legal concerns. "Chris could easily become our nominee and save our party and help get this nation on the right track again. They don't come better than Chris Christie," he said. Romney claims Christie has put all those problems behind him, and even predicted Christie could take Republicans to the promised land in 2016. "I know in a campaign people drudge up all the old stuff again, but he’s already dealt with it," he said. "His health is very solid, very good. There's not an issue there. ... He's a very popular governor in a very blue state. That's the kind of popularity and the kind of track record the Republican Party needs if we're going to take back the White House." But Romney wasn't ready to hand out a formal endorsement or anything. Christie was one of a long list of Republican names who Romney thinks could become the next nominee. "It's kind of early to say who is the most electable and who would be the favorite candidate," he said. "But you look at Chris Christie and say that's a very impressive guy with a great track record, with a demonstrated ability to work across the aisle. ... It's a pretty compelling story. And there's some other very compelling stories: Paul Ryan, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio. I mean, there is a long list of very capable people, but Chris Christie stands out as one of the very strongest lights of the Republican Party." Host David Gregory asked Romney about a name left out who most everyone expects to make a huge push for the nominee: Ted Cruz. "I’m not going to disqualify anybody, but I think I’ve indicated some of the names I think are most effective at becoming elected and we’ll see where it goes," Romney said.
Sen. Lindsey Graham promised to continue holding up Senate nominations until he can finally speak to Benghazi survivors and to fight for a 20-week abortion ban, but denied either effort was part of his upcoming re-election campaign. "I shouldn’t have to do this, I shouldn’t have to make these kind of threats," Graham said on Fox News Sunday. "They should provide in a responsible way those who lived through Benghazi to be interviewed separate and apart from the Obama administration to find out exactly what happened before, during and after." He also pledged to introduce a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks. "This is a debate worthy of a great democracy. When do you become you? At 20 weeks of a pregnancy, what is the proper role of the government in protecting that child?" Graham asked. But the South Carolina Republican rejected the notion these moves were entirely meant to beef up his reelection efforts. "I’ve been a pro-life member of Congress since Day one," he said.