February 5th, 2014
06:43 PM ET
4 years 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."

CNN/ORC Poll: Christie's loss appears to be Clinton's gain

CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

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soundoff (181 Responses)
  1. Bill from GA

    Hey, a guy can only take so much humiliation in one lifetime!!

    February 5, 2014 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    America needs representation with good core values

    February 5, 2014 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  3. Calcommuter

    Now if only we can get Ted the Canadian, Rand the Toupee and Huckabee the Libido to bow out, it will be a great year for the American people!

    February 5, 2014 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  4. Sean Hannity

    Sarah Palin has a better shot of being nominated in 2016 than Romney

    February 5, 2014 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  5. Wade

    He has the experience to know that the country is now controlled by Liberal press and no one except a dem will ever be allowed to run in a fair election until the people get sick of the liberal press and turn them off. When Libs no longer run our schools and news and Justice system then Maybe America can be reborn again.

    February 5, 2014 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  6. John

    Too bad. I really feel this was an opportunity lost. The current guy is completely clueless on how to get the economy going again and his grand health care scheme is proving to be an obamination. Mitt turned what was going to be a disaster of an Olympics into a profitable enterprise. Everything he touched turned out well but the country has turned to France style laziness socialism so now all we can do is what it go down the tubes. Billary may win by default even thou she has no skills whatsoever other than getting our ambassadors killed and lying.

    February 5, 2014 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  7. deee510

    Romney's got his head on straight. You'd have to be clinically insane for the GOP to even nominate you as their candidate.

    February 5, 2014 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  8. AZKID

    A real shame. If this descent, eminently capable leader, had been elected in 2012 (or better yet, in 2008), the country would be on a far more prosperous and effective trajectory today. A shame.

    February 5, 2014 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  9. magicpanties

    darn, was looking forward to more Mitt the Twit

    February 5, 2014 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  10. lean6

    I wouldn't mind seeing Mitt Romney lose again...that's for sure.

    February 5, 2014 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  11. Logic

    He was thoroughly spanked in 2012. Makes sense he wouldn't want that embarrassment again.

    February 5, 2014 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  12. sparky

    Aside from his kids, who is asking that question?

    Sorry boys, no Romney dynasty for you!

    February 5, 2014 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  13. joe d.

    this guy will never go away, he has no shame, i will bet the house,that he will be asked by god that the country needs him in 2016 !

    February 5, 2014 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  14. John L

    Even though he would be a fantastic President
    Unfortuately he us right...

    February 5, 2014 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  15. TheLeftWing

    Republicans have to desperate if they want Romney to run again.

    February 5, 2014 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  16. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    The GOP conservative idiots can take no for an answer ,YOU LOST the election and will lose the next several until youCHANGE your 1850s agenda and get rid of the teaparty clowns like Cruz Rubio and lee and Labrador or go out of business COMPLEATLY!!!!!

    February 5, 2014 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  17. 210

    I hate Obama but Thank god romney didn't get elected. I think Rudy giuliani would been a good Republican nomination

    February 5, 2014 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  18. Gene

    Wouldn't win anyway.

    February 5, 2014 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  19. Joshua Nolan

    This is sad news.... Without the crazy support black vote he has a chance... And I'm black so I can say that

    February 5, 2014 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  20. Gerome

    C'mon Mitt! Third time's a charm!

    February 5, 2014 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  21. Cheryl

    American public to Romney on 2016: the answer is 'no'

    February 5, 2014 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  22. Nogods

    Romney isn't qualified to be president; he doesn't think evolution is real and thinks the earth is only 6,000 years old.

    February 5, 2014 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  23. jack

    Whew, well that's a relief!!! I would never trust him with the power of the presidency. He would use it for his own personal advantage. He would be dangerous in the White House. The middle class would have suffered a deadly blow and the rich would have had unconditional power over the country..........

    February 5, 2014 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  24. steve

    we already answered this question

    February 5, 2014 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  25. Greg

    If only he had been elected last year. He didn't lose, America lost. Very sad.

    February 5, 2014 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
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