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: