"I am not in the inner cycle, I am a bit outside that," said Fred Malek, who served as national finance co-chair of John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign and as finance chairman of the Republican Governor's Association. "I have talked to a few people who are in that circle, and they are kind of leaning toward it."
"I think he sounded good," Mr. Malek said. "If you go too far to the right, you are going to lose the middle. Yet if you don't go too far to the right, you stand a good chance of losing the primaries. But you have to be true to yourself and be who you are. Romney, who I think would be a good president, was forced further to the right than he would have liked."