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. Dennis

    Bottom line is this:Losers can't win!

    February 5, 2014 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  2. Bill Davis

    A straight working white man doses not have a chane.

    February 5, 2014 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  3. observer

    I don't think he has a chance – he screw up big last time and he understands this.

    February 5, 2014 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  4. rehabmax

    The country thanks you Mitt.

    February 5, 2014 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  5. Geton Em

    Romney knows we might be too far gone to bring us back based on all the stupid DEM decisions lately. He believes just like the Congressional Budget Office came out with this week about the Health Care Law. It is going to be just like some of the other Government Social Programs. It is going to cost over 10 times what they said, and we are still going to bail them out after we pay this. Examples are Freddie, Frannie, Post Office, and you know the rest. Federal Government should only be for protecting us like with the military....Almost everything else should be worked out among the people......DEMs are throwing the entire country under the bus.

    February 5, 2014 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  6. Zero


    Who will CNN pick to run for President for GOP???

    Duh. Jeb Clinton?

    February 5, 2014 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  7. rickapolis

    After the way the right wing extremists humiliated him, and yanked him so far to the right that they made him unelectable, I can't say that I blame him.

    February 5, 2014 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  8. Dan

    Kudos for his statesmanship. . . . he probably was the only one who could have really turned this country around from it's massive and growing fast national debt. . . . .

    February 5, 2014 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  9. S. B. Stein

    I am glad that he isn't running in part. Part of me would like him to run again so that he can suck up some of the money from donors.

    February 5, 2014 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  10. Regularguy22

    Gosh, If only we could hear this from Hillary

    February 5, 2014 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  11. Ana

    Good Riddance !! Thanks for not torturing us !! Go back to your mansions and hedge funds !

    February 5, 2014 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  12. doug

    He ran a terrible campaign. He have to spend a lot of time repairing the damage he did. Gov. Romney was decent, but Presidential Candidate Romney tanked.

    February 5, 2014 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  13. Amy

    He's still got one party he hasn't run "on." The Independent Party. He reminds me of Gore. The personality just isn't there. While he's not quite as stiff as Gore, the net affect is the same. He's very stiff. I seriously doubt he truly cares about "Joe Schmoe."

    February 5, 2014 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  14. John G

    Thank you so much, CNN, for answering the question that absolutely no one was asking.

    February 5, 2014 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  15. Donna

    Can we impeach Obama for fraud and put Romney in the office instead? I don't see why not. It would be just as legal as a lot of things Obama is doing. And it would save the country from another 3 years of Obama-Democrat lies, incompetence and disaster.

    February 5, 2014 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  16. Andre

    It would be pointless for him to run and he knows it. His strategy of magnifying Nixon's strategy of moving to the right for the primaries and back to the center for the general election, was a one-shot deal. It could only work once, and it didn't, so his political career is over. If he tries repeating it, no one will take him seriously, either when he lurches right again, or when he lurches back to the left.

    February 5, 2014 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  17. Jason

    He could win if he ran this time, now that those who voted for Obama see first hand the error of their decision.

    February 5, 2014 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  18. Juergen

    "Mitt Romney stressed he is not going to run for president in 2016."

    Feels just like Christmas!!!! What a dipwad.

    February 5, 2014 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  19. Stephan

    It certainly is not because of the money factor we all know. It is just that he has had his face rubbed in it twice already and his ego won't take a third loss. This notwithstanding, he could care less about anyone but himself and his family and the almighty buck, though not necessarily in that order.

    February 5, 2014 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  20. Nathan

    Third time's the charm Mitt lol!

    February 5, 2014 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  21. Ulan bat

    I vote Democrats, but I'm aware that Hillary is a weak candidate. Paul Ryan will be the new president.

    February 5, 2014 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  22. R Anderson

    Aw... Where else will we find a candidate that openly despises 47% of the population? Who else will stand up for the rights of multimillionaires who pay 15% Federal tax rate per year? Are they all to lose a yacht, a jet, or an olympic equestrian horse just because we have a national debt to pay off? Who will outsource jobs? Who will file women in binders? This sucks!

    February 5, 2014 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  23. Tingu

    Thanks, Romney.

    February 5, 2014 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  24. jerrylax

    No, we missed our chance. This man, who's resume was so impeccable for the man who had none. America, you got stuck on the 47% statement, brought to you by another failed Presidents grandson, a political dirty trick. If you had only took the time to study who Mitt Romney is, and what he has done. It took effort to learn the facts of his past as it was buried in tens of thousands of media posts (if you googled) and political leftists propaganda… The middle east would not now be near nuclear war, there would be real health care reform (not a program where your govt cares little about your privacy), there would be business/jobs friendly legislation, and even the Winter Olympics would have benefited. We have got to drain the DC swamp..both sides of the isle and be responsible who we bring in to get American moving again.

    February 5, 2014 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  25. John

    Ah come on Mitt we enjoyed seeing you lose,,,

    February 5, 2014 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
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