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Romney Opens the Door

Mitt Romney Tuesday opened the door to a possible third run for president, saying that while he’s not running now and doesn’t plan to seek office, “circumstances can change.”

Romney, who spoke to radio host Hugh Hewitt, updated his “I’m not running” stance significantly, making clear that he in fact wants to get in the race. The only reason he doesn’t, he suggested, is that others are better positioned to beat Hillary:

The reason I came to the conclusion I did, which is this is not the right time for me to run, is because of my belief that someone else stands a better chance of winning than I do. Had that not been the case, had I believed I would actually be best positioned to beat Hillary Clinton, then I would be running.

But I actually believe that someone new that is not defined, yet, someone who perhaps is from the next generation, will be able to catch fire, potentially, build a movement, and be able to beat Hillary Clinton. If I thought that weren’t the case, well, I would have been running . . .

Romney said he had actively considered a run, and that he wouldn’t rule out reconsidering his decision to stay out:

This is something we gave a lot of thought to when early on I decided we’re not going to be running this time. And again, we said look, I had the chance of running. I didn’t win. Someone else has a better chance than I do. And that’s what we believe, and that’s why I’m not running. And you know, circumstances can change, but I’m just not going to let my head go there.

Romney even said he would consider the vice presidency, saying that although that’s not what he wants, he would “serve my country” if “called.”

Here’s audio of the interview:

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24 Responses to Romney Opens the Door

  1. Much as I like and admire Mr. Romney, I think the Republicans need a fresh face, someone younger who can get people of all ages really involved. Romney might make a good VP, though.

  2. As far as I am concerned the next person, including Romney does not need to back off in the 2nd debate. I don’t want to hear the person did so because of sex, race, religion. I still cringe when I recall how upset I was when he back down while debating O.
    The main issue is keeping our Country and our freedom.
    Congress and all need to stop all these inside tricks of getting around the laws.
    I read a new one this morning on Drudge:
    O pushes for UN climate rules without Congress. Without!

  3. I think a lot of us here feel Romney would have made a good president. I voted for him but I don’t see that his candidacy in 2016 could sustain itself. If he couldn’t get out the Indies or even the moderate R’s to vote for him against Obama, why would he think they’d come out in 2016?He’s not what the electorate wants today. Of course, that said, I don’t think the GOP electorate has a clue what they really want, other than someone to beat Hillary or whomever the Dems trot out. You know if it’s not Hillary it will be A woman, that’s a given, and with Romney’s binders comment, you can envision the ads already.

    Romney is a terrific man, a dedicated husband and father, a great businessman and a philanthropist. I think he’d be better off with that as his legacy.

  4. Like Romney. Voted for him. Should not run again, if “called”. He folded too many times. Clinton machine would eat him alive. And the hypocrisy of the poor boot strapping Democrat Hillary in service of the downtrodden against the vulgar capitalist top 1% Romney would just be too much.

    But it might just be worth it if he promised to make the Russia Reset a talking point.

  5. I see Obama is in the office at 10am and going to meet with his economic team and advisors at 11:15. He can’t make it on time for a scheduled press conference. Figure an extra 40 or so minutes, before he actually comes downstairs. The guy is the biggest slacker. As far as our economy, what has this team ever done? NOTHING positive, for sure.

  6. Keith, I have to disagree with your take on this one. Nothing Romney says here is anything different from what he has previously said. His “circumstances can change” statement is simply an accurate assessment coming from an astute businessman and politician. He doesn’t WANT to get back in the race. He wants Republicans to win back control. Period. Whatever it takes.

  7. Oh, wouldn’t the Dems and the MSM just love to see MrRomney run again, what with the fact that the poor man’s wife is still dead by the cold-blooded, multi-millionaire, Mormon, tax-evading, elitest’s actions.
    They wouldn’t even have to do any searching beyond their old playbook of record to slam, malign, or just ridicule MrRomney and his horsey loving wife.
    No, it’s best for MrRomey to take a backseat role in this upcoming election.
    Let’s force the Dems and the MSM to actually have to work to find dirt on the new Repub candidates while they anoint MrsClinton as the heir apparent.

  8. Oh, man. Well, I would vote for him over Hillary or any Dem I can think of. But do I want to get in there slashing against a totally unfair press, etc. Please don’t make me.

  9. I know Romney really doesn’t light a fire under a lot of the GOP, but I like him. True, he’s a MA Republican, which makes him left of center on more than a handful of issues, but he is one of the wisest and most knowledgeable people in any room he walks into in DC. If he focused his presidency on the economy and foreign policy/defense and stayed away from social issues, I think he’s go down as one of America’s great presidents. Heck, he could run his entire campaign on the slogan “I told you so” and it would be 100% accurate. The last two years of Obama have been Romney’s vindication.

    • But vindication, tho sweet, isn’t enough. What have you done for us lately is the watchword.Yes, Romney is smart, can attract talented people, maybe they can right some of this–but he does not come off as aggressivelyt decisive and always looks kind of sheepish and refined. I dunno–I am not feeling it.