February 5th, 2014
06:43 PM ET
8 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."

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. CC

    Romney's a good man, but he lacks the charisma the country needs right now. What we need is a Clint Eastwood-type...grit...straight shooter...motivator...leader.

    February 5, 2014 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  2. RON QUANDT

    If they have any sense, they would go with John Huntsman or Christie

    February 5, 2014 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  3. Thomas

    They always say No .

    Then they become theatrical .

    February 5, 2014 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  4. EarthWorm

    I can't blame him for not running again. The Presidency has been ruined by Obama and its the laughing stock of the world now! America is on its way down both economically and morally. I say give the Presidency to Clinton because she is the poster child for the way this country thinks now...full of arrogance and dummies.
    As for Romney enjoy retirement and let the fools of the present kill each on the campaigns yet to come. Do like me...cheat the govt. as much as possible and show no loyalty to the US anymore. I hope we fall on very, very hard times because we have told God we know better than HIM.

    February 5, 2014 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  5. Rdawg

    Anybody that would want to be president is a brave(or stupid) soul. There's not enough money in the world that would make me wanna go skinny dipping in that boiling lake.

    February 5, 2014 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  6. jb1963

    What a shame. I was looking forward to another campaign of stupidity. I was hopping he would run with Palin or Bachmann
    That would have been a laugh riot.

    February 5, 2014 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  7. LMAO

    Nobody wants to be a 3 time loser.

    February 5, 2014 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  8. Mark

    America now realizes they let the media brainwash them into the Obama failure once again

    Continue the decline America

    February 5, 2014 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  9. Solomon Walker

    Good decision. He is not a strong enough politician to endure the presidential race. He's a businessman with good ideas, but lacks passion to win.

    February 5, 2014 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  10. cali girl

    Yeah, his billions didn't buy his election the first time.

    February 5, 2014 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  11. organicallly

    What a ridiculous comment. He does not need to decide for a year. Why rush announcing the decision not to run? This will turn off some independent right leaning voters.

    February 5, 2014 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  12. independant jim

    He learned his lesson .. the Tea Party backing was his downfall

    February 5, 2014 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  13. kelly

    release you tax returns! we told you last time around you cannot be president if you do not release your tax returns.

    February 5, 2014 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  14. cbp

    Why are we talking about a presidential election in 2016. The pundits have started already and we all thought we would have a little rest. Perhaps they might like to try to get those in Washington to make headway on the problems that America faces. It is time to put the pressure on the politicians serving in Washington to start moving forward and to find ways to work together and compromise.

    February 5, 2014 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  15. mark

    Romney-Palin in 2016! A sure win for Dems.

    February 5, 2014 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  16. Scott

    I suspect he does not want to lose to Hillary Clinton. It is a big investment of time and money for someone to run for President. Having said all that, I would prefer Romney over Christie. But perhaps someone else who is worthy will run. Romney faced several weirdos last time and I think that hurt him. It allowed irrational commentary into the Republican discussion.

    February 5, 2014 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  17. Ravi

    If he runs again he will be the strongest candidate since Christie's credibility is in question now. And Hillary is not a match for Romney.

    February 5, 2014 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  18. JCS

    He said "No" because all the blacks and hispanics still live here.

    February 5, 2014 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  19. Pander Bear

    So the candidate nobody wants to run isn't running. Well that's news.

    February 5, 2014 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  20. ErnieS

    Cayman Mitt's answer is a firm no. Because he knows, he has no chance against Hillary. Actually, no one does.

    February 5, 2014 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Good on Mitt to call it quits! He was not polar or personal enough to pull the GOP into the White house. It will be interesting to see who gets that go from either party this time but I hope it is someone that can not only represent the party but also pull the country together!

    February 5, 2014 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  22. Davey

    Well America. Enjoy your massive debt, presidential decrees, and health care mess all courtesy of yourselves, for re-electing Obama.

    February 5, 2014 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  23. Fred

    if someone runs for a post and does not win he/she should never run again

    February 5, 2014 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  24. Rick McDaniel

    That was already known.

    February 5, 2014 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  25. NorthVanCan

    Time for Romney to dawn a fresh pair of magic undies after his final push into the Out House.

    February 5, 2014 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
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