WASHINGTON (CNN) – Responding to speculation that Mitt Romney might be looking at Ted Kennedy's Senate seat, a Romney spokesman said Thursday the former Massachusetts governor isn't interested.
"Governor Romney's focus right now is on helping other Republicans run for office, and that is how he will be spending his time," Romney aide Eric Fehrnstrom said in an e-mail to CNN.
Romney mounted a challenge to Kennedy in 1994 but lost by 17 points. The former GOP presidential candidate referred to the race in a statement he released on Wednesday after Kennedy died.
"In 1994, I joined the long list of those who ran against Ted and came up short," Romney said. "But he was the kind of man you could like even if he was your adversary. I came to admire Ted enormously for his charm and sense of humor - qualities all the more impressive in a man who had known so much loss and sorrow."
Romney is widely believed to have his eyes set on a bigger prize than a U.S. Senate seat, and is considered likely to seek the presidency again in 2012. Another statewide run might also pose a tougher challenge for Romney than he faced when he last won office as a pro-choice candidate, in a state Barack Obama won by 25 points last November.
He probably wouldn't get it. Just like he's not going to be President. There is something really evil about that man. I can see it all in his eyes. There is just something not right about him.
He'll neva be elected so run....please do...
Oh please! Like anyone wants him anyway. That would be one of the worst insults in the history of our Nation.
Another loser trying to make a name for himself by riding somebody like Kennedy's coattails.
Romney had a 34% approval rating when he left office after his first term. He's since become – or puts up the appearance of being more conservative now. He'd lose again by at least the same margin if he was to try again.
He could not win it any way.
Good. Kennedy's seat probably isn't interested in Romney either. I just wish he'd get it that the country isn't interested in him, or the rest of the neo-cons, either.
Of course not, he wants to be President of the USA.......He will never get my vote.
If Obama can, why not Romney for President ? He has a proven record.
I think he needs to focus on 2012 instead.
NO WAY!!!!!!! Romney's name should not be used in the same sentence as Ted Kennedy
I'm a democrat who would have voted Romney in a second if I had the chance. Hopefully he is asked to contribute in some way towards an economic recovery. I hope I have the chance in 4 years to vote Romney, well unless the ticket says Romney and Palin.
Too bad. Massachusets has not had an intelligent senator in decades.
Good thing too, cuz MA isn't interested in Romney.
Romney's ego is way too big to be a Senator at this point – he wants the Presidency.
Lucky him because he could never win it...
Sorry Romney but americans will no longer vote a republican in office for president. You are so old book and uneducated.
Again who wants mr. wax,,,,
Teflon Rom comes up short against a lot of people.
For those pundits who give Romney no credit, not chance...don't be so quick to decide he wont be around when the race is "winding up!" He has lots more positive credentials and credentials that are "clearly needed" in Washington today !! Mainly some business experience which is nearly "non existent" in Washington today. The Lawyer "Overload" is very obviously. How do you thing the Health Care Bill got to be over 1,000 pages? Individuals with business world background NO BETTER. It you can't "cut to the chase" in less than 100 pages ( or less ) probably shouldn't be in the chase at all! Romney understands business and comes from a business family. Maybe he should have been the candidate last time around. He has a lot more business moxie that most of the other Senators and Representatives and the Administratin together and he knows how to espouse' same.
Please run Mitt so you can lose yet again. L-O-S-E-R. That's what he is.
The democrats, got 2010 and 2012 on lock, the repigs are gonna have to sit down these eight years because they don't have a thing coming but straight losing.
He is too smart to stay on supporting that loser state Massachusetts. It ranks up there with NJ in political corruption and is so hyper partisan it will not be resurrected anytime soon.
I liked Romney till he suddenly got out of the race for the greater good of GOP. But I still admire his courage and efforts for the MA health care reform.
Mitt Romney is a class act. He's got to be getting more and more excited about 2012 every day.