Mitt Romney tells conference call announcement 'down the road'
February 7th, 2011
03:03 PM ET
4 years ago

Mitt Romney tells conference call announcement 'down the road'

Washington (CNN) – Fresh off a media blitz promoting the paperback release of his book "No Apology," Mitt Romney told a conference call of 300 supporters that he would make an announcement about a presidential run "down the road," a Romney aide confirmed to CNN.

The call, which happened Friday, involved 300 friends and donors to his Political Action Committee: Free and Strong America.

One of the questions on the call came from former U.S. Olympic hockey player Mike Eruzione who asked when the former Massachusetts governor would get in the presidential race. Romney, according to his aide, responded an announcement would happen "down the road."

The Romney aide said while there were questions regarding 2012 during the call that was not its purpose.

Romney also discussed his recent trip to the Middle East, which included stops in Afghanistan and Israel.

Politico first reported Romney's response to Eruzione's question.

When asked last week whether he was going to run he said "I don't have an answer for you yet, because there are a lot of things that you have to consider before you make the final decision. Clearly, I'm doing the things, like other folks are doing, to keep the option open, and moving forward in the event that I make a positive decision. But there are matters of health, of support, of the kind of network you'd like to have of individuals behind you. Those are thins you've got to assess before you make a final decision," Romney said on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight."

He said he doesn't "have a 100 percent answer ready to go" about his possible run but said his wife, Ann, thinks he should.

"She's absolutely committed. She's saying, you've got to run, you've got to have somebody who understands the world of the economy, small business, who can create jobs. She's convinced I've got to run. But I have to look more broadly and say, all right, do I have the team necessary to do this."


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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Protect and Defend Freedom of Speech in the USA

    Too bad he didn't win the nomination in 2008. He could have beaten Obama and the country would be so much better off than it is today.

    February 7, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    Do these 300 represent the people who stand to benefit the most under his tax plan, or is he trying to recreate the Battle of Thermopolaye?

    Just a thought....

    February 7, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  3. Republicans = Fascists

    We know you're running. You might as well make the announcement now. There is no one in your party that has a chance of winning. You're the Great White Hype.

    February 7, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. gar

    MItt Romney has expended a lot of energy recently trying to burnish his reactionary credentials, however, the Republicans will never nominate him.

    February 7, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. they call me "tater salad"

    Don't waste your time or vast corporate wealth Mitt, People already know that you're nothing more than a closet warmonger as well as a corporate elitist predator! Mitt is all about fighting wars we can't afford as long as his five sons don't have to carry a rifle into battle (just your sons and daughters).........We all know your story Mitt, and not even your magic under garments can hide it..........Don't waste your time............You're going nowhere.

    February 7, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  6. Bill from GA

    If CNN would quit telling us every time Newt, or Mitt, or Sarah, or whoever, isn't telling us yet if they will seek the repug nomination for President, maybe CNN could find time to REPORT SOME NEWS.

    Ted Turner, Great American, would be rolling over in his grave, if he were in his grave. (Thankfully, he's not.)
    Maybe it's time for Ted to start a 24 hour NEWS channel.

    February 7, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    You ever see a movie go bust in the theatres in spite of all the "action packed" trailers and teasers they drown you with on tv?
    The same thing is happenning with Mittens

    February 7, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  8. Richard in Houston

    He has a health issue?

    February 7, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Republicans=Fascists who said in reference to Mitt Romney:

    You're the Great White Hype.
    -------------------------------------------------–
    BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Quite clever!!

    February 7, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  10. T'sah from Virginia

    Behind EVERY RepubliCAN'T running for PRESIDENT
    They’re pushing a "BOOK" and it is quite EVIDENT
    And what makes it worse it's NOT about what you KNOW
    You see – to them – it's all about the DOUGH!!!!

    Palin's another one – Hell, what is it about HER!!
    When half the time her words you can't even decipher!!!
    Yet she runs all over the country pushing NOVELS
    Followed by words she “scrambles” out and they’re LETHAL

    I rather stick with our current leader, President Obama, as he MOVES AMERICA FORWARD in order to WTF!!!

    February 7, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    If a man doesn't currently hold a political position he has no reason to be on the campaign trail other than running for President and Romney is doing the same thing he did when he ran in 2008. If people can't figure out something that simple, they don't deserve a yes or no answer.

    February 7, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. Protect and Defend Freedom of Speech in the USA

    T'sah from Virginia

    Behind EVERY RepubliCAN'T running for PRESIDENT
    They’re pushing a "BOOK" and it is quite EVIDENT
    And what makes it worse it's NOT about what you KNOW
    You see – to them – it's all about the DOUGH!!!!
    ===================================================
    Didn't Obama write books as well that made him millions? I guess he's a money grubbing dirt bag too! He certainly hasn't donated it all to charity.

    I'd rather not sink with our current leader, President Obama, as he MOVES AMERICA FORWARD and over the clliff in order to proclaim What The F%$* am I doing???

    February 7, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  13. Russ

    Wheewwwww, we thought it would never come. Such excitement I've never known before. Let's see, he'll announce he'll run for president? Didn't see that one coming!! The suspense is killing us. NOT.

    February 7, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  14. Marie MD

    @Protect and Defend Freedom of Speech in the USA – NOBODY could have beaten President Obama in 2008 and/or 2012. The list of losers the rethugs have is a joke. As a matter of fact if you put them all together (brainless, disgraced, clueless, too faith oriented, etc., etc.) they sill couldn't beat him in 2012.

    February 7, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  15. The Real Tom Paine

    @Protect & Defend:

    The difference with Obama is that when he wrote his book, it had at least some glimmers of original thought and came from the perspective of being an inter-racial person becoming a success in this country. Romney is doing a contortionist's act as he tries to convince enough people its his turn to carry the torch: can you actually name a real accomplishment of his as governor that he is now NOT running from, or trying to explain away? The answer is no.

    As for your comment about donating all the procedes to charity, isn't it the right of every American to do with their money as they please, or are the conservatives going to dictate that to us as well?

    February 7, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |