Romney warned of Huckabee-Palin ticket out of brokered convention

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Inside the Circus, the new e-book from Mike Allen and Evan Thomas, explains how Mitt Romney raised millions in campaign donations by warning potential donors a brokered convention could result in a Mike Huckabee-Sarah Palin ticket:

“The Romney campaign had a clever pitch for the event. Schmoozing with his money pals before the events, a Romney fund-raiser pointed out that ‘slightly more than half the delegates’ to the GOP convention at Tampa ‘are evangelicals.’ These true-believer conservatives are averse not only to Romney but to semi-reasonable types like Chris Christie and Mitch Daniels. As a result, said this fund-raiser, the ‘responsible Republican guys’ are ‘starting to realize’ that at a brokered convention ‘it’s not going to be Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio or Jeb Bush and Paul Ryan, a ticket they could really love. It’s probably Huckabee-Palin or Palin-Huckabee.’ That was enough to scare the Wall Street crowd into getting out their checkbooks.”

Katrina Trinko has other interesting tidbits from the book.

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