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. awoof

    LOL. who would vote for a loser? Romney spent the last 20 years running for president

    February 5, 2014 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  2. JJ

    Would be so good for our country. I hope he changes his mind.

    February 5, 2014 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  3. Don

    Too bad. This country could have had a genius in there. Instead, we have a clown.

    February 5, 2014 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  4. APO_AE_09173

    We had the oppoertunity to elect one of the finest men to ever run for the office, however CNN (Candy Crowley), MSNBC et al did everything they could to thwart his efforts–for what Obama???

    Sweet Jesus, why would this good man put his family through that again? Just look at the ugly behavior of MSNBC over Romney's adopted grandchild–he isn't even running but they still felt it ok to attack the love this grandfather has for his youngest grand child.

    That little girl hit the adoption jackpot! How many black children spend the majority of their lives in foster care because no one will take them in, Black or white. That sweet little soul was wanted into a family filled with love and resources to give her the life her birth mother never could. She will want for nothing, she will be raised in love and faith.

    After that filthy, disgusting, BIGOTTED attack by a NATIONAL news outlet ,you wonder why he doesn't want to run again? Really??

    Mitt Romney did not run for his own ego, unlike Obama & Clinton, he had the skills to help America. He had so much success in his life he didn't NEED to be president. On the contrary, WE NEEDED HIM to be president to heal our nation & fix our enconomy.

    February 5, 2014 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  5. Deb from the N.E.

    "I made that clear the morning after the last loss." At last, a politician that keeps his word. What a novel idea. I hope all the other politicians are taking notes. Imagine that. A new trend of politicians that keep their word. 😀

    February 5, 2014 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  6. Dot

    How is this newsworthy? Especially a top story.

    February 5, 2014 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  7. bcrunner

    He knows he would lose again..

    February 5, 2014 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  8. Vence

    Does this party knows how to say "yes" to anything?

    February 5, 2014 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  9. Nick

    Too bad. By far the best presidential candidate of our generation.

    February 5, 2014 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  10. Brian Smith

    "I appreciate the compliment; it's better than a kick in the teeth." - I'm sure there would be plenty of volunteers to kick you in the teeth if that's what you wanted – you could even raise money for your preferred candidate that way.

    February 5, 2014 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  11. Nameraymond

    Only Republican with a rational response ! He knows what will happen to ANY candidate who runs with the GOP in disarray right now !!!

    February 5, 2014 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  12. GMan

    Good choice Mittens.

    February 5, 2014 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  13. Big Ben

    I'm glad. I couldn't stand to watch Queen Ann in the white house looking down her nose and saying "those people."

    February 5, 2014 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  14. Ryan

    Well then, that settles it!

    February 5, 2014 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  15. ?!?wut?!?

    I think every clear thinking person knows the real reason he's not running. Two humiliations in one lifetime would be too much to bear!

    February 5, 2014 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  16. Kman

    PLEASE run Mitt, you are a good man and truly would have been a great Prez.

    February 5, 2014 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  17. America Suckered Again

    American voters blew their best opportunity for an effective federal government in 2012. Too bad.

    February 5, 2014 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  18. MRHD

    First Kerry, now Romney... who is there left to vote for?

    February 5, 2014 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  19. tednugent'sdiapers

    Good choice, Willard. You're a loser and you'll always be a loser.

    February 5, 2014 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  20. carre1

    Oh, come on, Thurston, doesn't Queen Ann want to live in the White House?

    February 5, 2014 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  21. stark125

    That's about the smartest remark I've heard him say yet.

    February 5, 2014 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  22. Tim

    McCain's actions still are loud and clear – – He picked Sarah Palin over Romney. Now that says it all.

    February 5, 2014 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  23. Lynn

    Good . He's saving the voters from saying it .

    February 5, 2014 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  24. NorCalMojo

    The GOP establishment has already decided on Jeb Bush.

    They may have another sham primary with a bunch of straw candidates, but they'll go with Bush.

    We saw it with McCain and Romney. They don't really care what their base thinks.

    They're going to push through amnesty, too. That's the reality of the GOP. The stuff on the radio is just the bait in bait and switch.

    February 5, 2014 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  25. Mark P

    That 47 per cent will just have to live with this...

    February 5, 2014 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
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