Mitt Romney still has friends -- at least on Facebook.
A group on the immensely popular social networking site is already pushing the former Massachusetts governor as a presidential contender in 2012. It has posted a video on YouTube that shows excerpts from Romney's speech in February to the Conservative Political Action Conference when he dropped out of the Republican race, pairs it with an uplifting soundtrack from Death Cab for Cutie, and at the end highlights the slogan: "One Man Can Answer the Call and Bring America Back."
The video makes clear that it is not authorized by Romney's campaign, but the group is not the first to suggest possibility.
It is also promoting Romney as a possible vice presidential pick for John McCain, the presumptive GOP nominee. It has a website that lists seven reasons the choice would make sense, including that Romney would be a "very strong candidate" in 2012 if McCain, who would be the oldest person elected to a first term as president if he wins in November, serves only one term.
Among other arguments:
"2. Romney doesn't have any skeletons in his closet that could hurt McCain.
3. Romney could still sell his turnaround the economy strategy and McCain could say that he would let Mitt write the economic strategy."
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