August 27th, 2009
04:49 PM ET
5 years ago

Romney not interested in Kennedy's seat

Mitt Romney ran against Kennedy for Senate in 1994.
Mitt Romney ran against Kennedy for Senate in 1994.

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.


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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Bridgette

    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.

    August 27, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  2. DT

    He'll neva be elected so run....please do...

    August 27, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  3. Marie MD

    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.
    Disgusting!

    August 27, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  4. notfooledbydistractions

    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.

    August 27, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  5. Josh in TN

    He could not win it any way.

    August 27, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  6. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    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.

    August 27, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  7. Chris D.

    Of course not, he wants to be President of the USA.......He will never get my vote.

    August 27, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. Ula Nejad- Sacramento, Ca

    If Obama can, why not Romney for President ? He has a proven record.

    August 27, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  9. Karen

    I think he needs to focus on 2012 instead.

    August 27, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  10. Independent

    NO WAY!!!!!!! Romney's name should not be used in the same sentence as Ted Kennedy

    August 27, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  11. Nathan

    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.

    August 27, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  12. phoenix86

    Too bad. Massachusets has not had an intelligent senator in decades.

    August 27, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    Good thing too, cuz MA isn't interested in Romney.

    August 27, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  14. D. Tree

    Romney's ego is way too big to be a Senator at this point – he wants the Presidency.

    August 27, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  15. Proud American

    Lucky him because he could never win it...

    August 27, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  16. WI Henry

    Sorry Romney but americans will no longer vote a republican in office for president. You are so old book and uneducated.

    August 27, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  17. Mario, mtl, ca.

    Again who wants mr. wax,,,,

    August 27, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  18. Lynn

    Teflon Rom comes up short against a lot of people.

    August 27, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  19. george cook

    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.

    George

    August 27, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  20. Shirley In California

    Please run Mitt so you can lose yet again. L-O-S-E-R. That's what he is.

    August 27, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  21. felicia

    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.

    August 27, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  22. Will-South Dakota

    A snake-in-the-grass.

    August 27, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  23. Beck

    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.

    August 27, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  24. J.C. - Independent & Insured

    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.

    August 27, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  25. Four and The Door

    Mitt Romney is a class act. He's got to be getting more and more excited about 2012 every day.

    August 27, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
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