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Romney Not Running for President

Mitt Romney announced Friday morning that he will not run for president in 2016.

220px-Mitt_Romney_by_Gage_Skidmore_7Romney, who made the announcement during a statement by phone to supporters, withdrew from consideration even though he tops polls of potential candidates for the Republican nomination. His decision would most obviously seem to benefit Jeb Bush, who is seen as the other most palatable choice for moderates and establishment Republicans.

A copy of the statement was obtained by conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt.

It what is being interpreted as a dig at Bush, Romney said he was ceding the stage to “the next generation” of GOP leaders:

I believe that one of our next generation of Republican leaders, one who may not be as well known as I am today, one who has not yet taken their message across the country, one who is just getting started, may well emerge as being better able to defeat the Democrat nominee. In fact, I expect and hope that to be the case.

I feel that it is critical that America elect a conservative leader to become our next president. You know that I have wanted to be that president. But I do not want to make it more difficult for someone else to emerge who may have a better chance of becoming that president. You can’t imagine how hard it is for Ann and me to step aside, especially knowing of your support and the support of so many people across the country. But we believe it is for the best of the Party and the nation.

But Romney’s statement was not entirely Shermanesque. Romney said he thought he could win, though he noted it would be difficult. And in response to the hypothetical question of whether “there are any circumstances whatsoever” might develop that would get him to change his mind, he said, “that seems unlikely.”

But alas, not impossible.

79 Responses to Romney Not Running for President

  1. A lot of conservatives did not like George W.
    We need new blood.
    Walker has proven himself to be a fighter, and so has Cruz.
    Let’s try for a fresh conservative start this time and not the recycled politicians that we have been forced to hold our nose and vote for, or stay home.

  2. They made a comment just a few mins. ago, that Hillary was the only one that was even in the polls with Romney.
    I have nothing agains J. Bush, well except Common Core. The point is, I think he should step away now as well. The only reason why I mentioned Bush at this time, is that the other contenders really need to get busy now, so the American people know who they are.
    I think they would get more attention hopping on a train. If they are expecting the msm to show their face, and thoughts. Good Luck!

  3. How interesting. Now, with a bag full of wealthy friends ready to donate, and millions of supporters, MrRomney becomes the KingMaker who can tip the nomination to his favorite candidate.
    MrRomney’s favorite is NOT JebBush.
    How interesting.

  4. Finally some good news! Now if Jeb Bush would just get the hell out of Dodge, we might have something.
    The last thing we need is another Bush. He is pro open borders and part of the problem, not the solution.

    GOP leaders are so stupid who knows how they will mess this up.

    • When I first heard about that on Fox earlier today, I thought it sounded like Romney was getting in a dig at Jeb Bush, (good!), and also pushing Walker, (extra good!). That seems to be the general consensus now. I’d love to see Romney steer some of the big money towards Walker and away from Bush. Better yet, I’d love to see Bush decide against running.

  5. Good move. Romney would gotten swallowed up and eaten hole in this primary. As Sean Trende wrote yesterady on RCP, this has the makings for the deepest GOP field in modern history. Mitt only won the primary in 2012 because he simply was the only viable candidate in a group made of quacks and also rans. You won’t have this time around. I am not a fan of everyone who is being thrown out there right now but one has to concede that the likes of Jeb, Christie, Rand, Walker, Bobby, Kasich, Rubio (just to name a few) are a hell lot more serious candidates to be president then the likes of Rick, Newt, Perry, Bachmann, Cain etc.

  6. I wish he would change his mind. We really need him, the country desperately needs a good, kind, dignified, handsome, smart and experienced leader, the country needs him. I really like Christie a lot too, the democrats lied about him and are trying to ruin him, hope they don’t succeed. Christie would be a hard worker with lots of spunk! Will the people wise up about Christie? I don’t know.

    • I live in NJ and have known about Christie for years (I live near him and he was on the Board of Freeholders in our County about twenty years ago). While I thought he had an impressive resume and enthusiastically voted for him the first time, I can’t stand the pompous jackass now and I’m not the only one who feels that way. I’ve even spoken to people who know him very well and worked on his campaign who are very disappointed in him. He’s all talk and very little action. If any other governor with a record like his even considered running for president, he would be laughed at. Christie’s record in NJ stinks, between the multiple credit downgradings, the high unemployment, and the businesses and wealthy residents leaving this state every day.

      It makes most of us in NJ sick how the rest of the country falls for his schtick in the media and thinks he’s so terrific. He’s a horrible governor and for him to even think his record could match that of a governor like Perry or Walker is laughable Also, he’s spent the better part of the past year doing everything but being governor, flying around the country campaigning, fundraising, and going to various events and imaginations. And now to think he might spend the next two years doing the same? Please.

      Also, I watched the Republican speeches in Iowa last weekend on C-Span and I couldn’t believe how much Christie talked about himself. Actually, it wasn’t really a surprise since he does that all the time, (even at the Republican National Convention in 2012 he talked about himself far more than about Romney). Of course they all did that a bit in Iowa last weekend, but Christie constantly kept bringing it back to me, myself, and I. No one is more impressed with Christie than Christie. Having accomplished little to nothing in NJ, he somehow thinks he has a great record to tout. Again, he has nothing up against the results of a Gov Walker or Gov Perry. Christie likes to hear himself talk, he loves his image as a tough-talking loud mouth, and he very much loves the trappings of office and would absolutely love to be a POTUS like Obummer who flies around the country every week and has frequent lavish family vacations. In that regard, Christie would be just as bad as Obummer, trust me.

        • Agree with everything fellow New Jerseyan Snark said. But I have also seen how continually screws the elderly, first by denying the cost of living increases on state pensions. These folks earned those pensions, they didn’t ransack the fund to near bankruptcy to make up for decades of fiscal mismanagement. And then he 86’d the Homestead Rebate so he could kick ’em again. He does nothing but bloviate and campaign.

          • Agreed. And one more thing that just burns me up. Some “conservative” he is, with his push to tax online sales. We now pay taxes on our Amazon orders and every time I do, I say a silent “F – U, Christie”. He has done nothing to grow the economy, but he proudly declared that the online sales tax would bring in tens of millions of dollars a year in a state where the taxpayers already pay the highest property taxes in the nation. Thanks a lot, Christie.

          • All I need to know about Christie is the way he GUSHED about how wonderful Obama was after Hurricane Sandy. RIGHT BEFORE the 2012 election. I’m not sayin’ he got Obie reelected, but he helped!

          • Yep, that burns me up. Christie did it because everything he does is all about Christie.

            That period of time was hell for us because we had no power due to Hurricane Sandy. For a news and political junkie to be cut off from the world for the last ten days right before the election was awful. We had a battery operated radio and that was it, (we didn’t have iPhones yet). We had to go vote in a different place that day. Then, my husband was finally able to find a generator to buy so that night we hooked it up to our TV and sat in a cold, dark house watching the election results. What a nightmare. We finally got the power the next day, but oh, what a sad and depressing time that was.

        • Thank you, Snark! I don’t know Christie and I don’t live near him, but everything you said rings true. He is a rude, phony pompous a**, in my opinion. The comment sections are full of irate citizens of NJ who always leave scathing remarks re his governorship. He’s never ‘at home’ – he’s always chasing the campaign $$$ and cozying up to the rich and powerful. No one from NJ has a good word to say about him.

  7. A new poll came out today that might have influenced Romney. Only 43% thought he would have done a better job than Obama with 50% who thought he would not be doing a better job. I am disappointed, but I think he made the right decision. He’s a smart man and knows how to assess a situation.

    In his own classy way, Romney was sending a message that Jeb is not the guy. I agree 100% and will not vote for him. Hope this does not open the door for Rubio!!!!!

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    Saylor was a flight engineer-gunner who volunteered for the risky mission that sent 80 airmen in 16 B-25s from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet in April 1942 attack on Tokyo. The mission was led by Lt. Col. James “Jimmy” Dolittle.