February 5th, 2014
06:43 PM ET
2 months ago

Romney on 2016: 'The answer is no'

(CNN) – Mitt Romney stressed he is not going to run for president in 2016, despite recent speculation that there could be support for a third Romney run.

"The answer is no, I'm not running for president in 2016. It's time for someone else to take that responsibility and I'll be supporting our nominee," Romney said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."

It's true Romney has been back in the spotlight lately. He was the subject of a Netflix documentary that released last month. He slow-jammed on NBC's "The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon," and he had a prime seat at the Super Bowl on Sunday.

He also made the top of the list in a recent New Hampshire survey of potential GOP primary contenders in 2016.

CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger reported this week that if New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's troubles continue, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush decides not to run, the theory is that Romney could, perhaps, become attractive to some donors.

But Romney said authoritatively that another bid is not in the cards.

"I appreciate the compliment; it's better than a kick in the teeth. At the same time I'm absolutely convinced that there are other people who would have a better chance of becoming the nominee and becoming the next president of the United States."

"I've had my turn, I gave it two good shots, didn't win and now it's time for someone else to do it. I'm not running for president," he continued. "I made that clear the morning after the last loss."

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CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

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soundoff (181 Responses)
  1. rs

    "You, of course, were correct. When accused of being "anti women" no one bothered to point out that you had the most women in your gubernatorial administration than any one else in history. When they ran hateful stories about your wealth, they failed to mention that for years your charitable contributions exceeded 20%, while the president flopped out a measly 5% year after year. And on and on it went."
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    The accusation must be accurate, Romney lost the female vote by 12 points- but here's the thing- that may or may not have been just Mr. Romney. The Republican party has been pushing some of the most vicious anti-women legislation in history in the last few years. They are making it much more difficult for women to vote; they have assailed women's Constitutional rights to abortion; they have massively undermined women's health care and job equality, and they have even worked to re-fine crimes against women- making rape harder to prove, and actually giving rapists rights over their victims. Do you think that helped Mr. Romney? I don't.
    Having "binders of women" may have sounded good to you, but that hardly reflected Republican dogma.

    February 6, 2014 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    rs

    With all due respect, Mr. Romney did not help the GOP brand.
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    I dunno. I think Romney may saved the party from doing itself even more damage. The Tea Party drove the Republican Party's ideology completely over a cliff, but Romney sort of stepped in as a figure with name recognition and guided doomed flight to a softer crash landing in the 2012 race. At the same time, he was the stereotype of a neo-conservative, and the country has more than enough of that type of politician.

    February 6, 2014 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  3. Fair is Fair

    Your time has come and gone, Governor. Wise decision.

    February 6, 2014 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  4. Tom

    I thought we told him the answer was "no" back in 2012.

    February 6, 2014 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    "It's true Romney has been back in the spotlight lately."

    Yes, well ... perhaps if he'd NOT put himself in the spotlight as frequently as he has been, these rumors wouldn't keep popping up.

    This man is completely driven by ego. He considers himself as some sort of shadow president: the guy that never made the cut ... can't quite figure out why he didn't ... and thus spends his time dreaming he actually DID achieve that goal that he twice was rejected for by the majority of Americans as being unacceptable to them.

    February 6, 2014 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  6. rs

    Rudy NYC

    rs

    With all due respect, Mr. Romney did not help the GOP brand.
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    I dunno. I think Romney may saved the party from doing itself even more damage. The Tea Party drove the Republican Party's ideology completely over a cliff, but Romney sort of stepped in as a figure with name recognition and guided doomed flight to a softer crash landing in the 2012 race. At the same time, he was the stereotype of a neo-conservative, and the country has more than enough of that type of politician.
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    Certainly, Mr. Romney did not cut the hard line (or the crazy ones) that his TEA Party bretheran did- but he always seemed to cave in to the Right-wing echo-chamber. That's why he botched his "Benghazi attack", and got caught out by the fact his Jeep statement wasn't true- and then he kept pounding it on the stump even when the Chairman of Fiat told him it was fiction. In the end Romney may not have overtly supported the TEA Party crazy- but he certainly didn't renounce it either.Good point, however- I hadn't considered it might have gone worse for the GOP.

    February 6, 2014 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
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