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. James Malenfant

    Lol! The funny thing is he is still the best the Tpublicans have to offer. Lol! Have a great day!

    February 5, 2014 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  2. Susan McFarland

    Governor Romney:
    I thoroughly understand your decision not to run again – undergoing such a grueling, thankless task once again is asking too much. However, I would like to go on record as saying the country lost the best hope and promise for the best leader this country could have had in many decades. Obama and the press enacted the most vicious, underhanded, ling, mud slinging campaign ever delivered in our history – some would even say there were elements of criminality involved.

    You governed Massachusetts like Obama promised to govern the country: trying to fix problems, not to advance an ideology.You would have avoided the populist and anti-business rhetoric Obama was forced to use to please his electoral base,engaging in regulations that increase the cost of doing business while failing to solve the problems that caused the crisis in the first place.
    You were repeatedly accused of wanting to bankrupt the auto industry – yet bankruptcy doesn't imply liquidation: American Airlines and United Airlines are still flying today, aren't they? Instead, Obama bullied the bankruptcy judge and creditors into giving preferential treatment to the unions’ financial claims, overstepping existing contracts. This behavior undermined the rule of law that is a crucial element of America’s attractiveness to investors. So, once again, instead of encouraging economic growth, he suppressed it.
    When you rightfully chastised the President right after the Benghazi attack, the press spent days vilifying you for your statements instead of focusing on Obama and Hillary's actions. 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.

    Thank you, Governor, for your tireless effort. We, the nation, lost our last best hope. We deserve what we got.

    February 5, 2014 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  3. ryan

    very sad, America would have been better off had he won. Instead now we continue the decline.

    February 5, 2014 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  4. JSA

    I wonder how much better we'd be if he won? 😀

    February 6, 2014 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  5. alfuc

    What a shame? We have lost a formidable candidate to lead the party. Hope, Mr. Romney changes his mind.

    February 6, 2014 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  6. Zina

    Ronald Reagan ran for President in 1968, 1972, 1976 and won in 1980.

    February 6, 2014 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  7. Monomachos

    A great guy who had the experience and skillset that would have made him a great president. Too bad the truth about Obamacare only came out after the election.

    February 6, 2014 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  8. Rogue351

    Thank you Mitt, you have already done so much to this country already. It is very kind that you choose not to take more from us, thank you. I wish Mitt the best and hope he can enjoy his money. Every single dollar that he "earned" shipping American jobs over seas. Buying and selling companies, putting people out of work so he can make a few more dollars. This is not capitalism, anyone person amassing obscene amounts of money while so many go hungry, that is plain greed..Thanks again Mitt for puppy dog Paul, and lets not forget desauge. Mitt I most want to thank you for bringing us the 1% comment. It was refreshing to hear how rich people really view the rest of the world. So enjoy your winnings, your the best. I understand Mormons can achieve there own world if they are worthy. Mitt, You have certainly "earned" your own world, be sure to pack sun screen. I have a feeling it is going to hot and dry.

    February 6, 2014 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  9. Independent

    The pool in which to choose from is so dismal at the moment, why is it only career politicians that run? These same career politicians are on the take every chance they get, sell out the majority of America to a select few that fund their campaigns and give them "gifts" under the table. We should demand a government that is accountable to all of us, not just wealthy donors. I support the Government by the People Act (H.R. 20), which reduces the influence of big-money campaign donors by amplifying the voices of all Americans. Since the disastrous Citizens United ruling, corporations and ultra-rich donors have been having a field day. Billionaires like the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson have poured unprecedented millions into elections, drowning out the voices of every day Americans.

    February 6, 2014 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  10. Kris

    Thank you Chris Christie. Due to your poor judgement and arrogance (fawning over Obama right before the election...yes, I know, you thought it would make you more appealing to the voters, didn't worry about the GOP or Mitt ,just yourself. Also making your 2012 convention speech all about YOU and not the nominee) we lost the best President we could have ever had. Yes, a far better President than you would have been as well. Mitt's loss is not all due to you, but a good deal of it is.

    February 6, 2014 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  11. Craig KIng

    Its sad that Mitt Only lost because he was Mormon. It wasn't because of his wealth, that was just an excuse

    February 6, 2014 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  12. Pedro

    We can only reflect on what could have been if Romney had won the last Presidental Election. The lesser of two evils.

    February 6, 2014 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  13. American Patriot

    Oh boo hoo, SO many people were looking forward to you running again

    February 6, 2014 02:13 am at 2:13 am |

    Nobody in America cares about Mitt the twit. Where are his tax returns?

    February 6, 2014 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
  15. @RI_Roger

    Doesn't CNN look foolish having to even ask Mr. Romney this question? CNN's new mantra to create supermarket tabloid headlines makes them have to ask questions to validate the media drama they created by putting words in mouths of others. Mr. Romney never publically announced he would run for President in 2016 but CNN ran with a story from some low level political operative looking to make a name for himself. Any other news agency would have picked up the phone an called Mr. Romney to confirm his plans before running the story. Today, The National Enquirer has more journalistic credibility than CNN.

    CNN must turn this ship around before they become 2nd to CN (Cartoon Network).

    February 6, 2014 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  16. Marie MD

    The only reason that he has been "back" in the spotlight is that CNN and faux news thinks we care about this elevator car at home and the queen ann couple.
    Do like potato(e) man did and just disappear from view and the spotlight you seem to still crave.
    We didn't care in 2012 and we as heck care even less in 2014.

    February 6, 2014 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  17. Rosa

    That's too bad. I would certainly be amusing.

    February 6, 2014 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  18. Jim M

    Is the GOP in that bad shape that we are still talking about Romney?

    February 6, 2014 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  19. Are you kidding me?

    He knows he would lose again because the lies he spewed all over this country would come right back at him. He did not stand up for the member of the military who was booed during a debate shows he has no spine not leadership qualities. A true leader who have stood up to those people and told them we need to respect everyone. Not one thing he said during his campaign was true and parading his wife around for sympathy votes was distasteful.

    The GOP are presently comprised of heartless bullies, special interest panhandlers, and liars. They do not represent the people and spent all their time obstructing. This does not merit a vote in my book.

    February 6, 2014 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  20. radojko

    He may be saying "no", but once again he's blowing smoke. It is a FACT that at least one newly-formed PAC has been soliciting deep-pocketed donors who gave to Romney in '12. Their pitch: "we want to encourage a Romney run in '16.

    February 6, 2014 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Correction to my previous post:

    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."
    Yes, but has anyone asked the person that makes the decisions: Anne?

    February 6, 2014 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  22. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Yes but if he ran and won wouldn't that be his THIRD term in office...?!

    February 6, 2014 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  23. rs

    With all due respect, Mr. Romney did not help the GOP brand. In the end he is a just a very rich guy, who was way too soft for the job of President and for politics in general. He reinforced what people dislike about the GOP- it is just a rich, white guy's club that doesn't sweat details- like the impact of their policies on real people.

    February 6, 2014 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  24. rs


    A great guy who had the experience and skillset that would have made him a great president. Too bad the truth about Obamacare only came out after the election.
    You mean the "bad truth" that the reduced cost of health care is helping to drive down the deficit? The "bad truth" that more people have access to paid-for quality health care? Or, the really "bad truth" that the ACA will open jobs because people who had to work well into their retirement years to afford health care can now leave the workplace- making jobs for others?

    February 6, 2014 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  25. rs

    Craig KIng

    Its sad that Mitt Only lost because he was Mormon. It wasn't because of his wealth, that was just an excuse
    I would disagree.
    Yes, his Mormonism was obvious, but I think in the end his lies ("Obama is selling Jeep to China"), his lackluster debating skills, the fact he flip-flopped on his own Health Care initiative, his secretiveness around taxes (and the revelation he only paid 13%), and his disdain for average Americans (his stunning 47% commentary) are what killed him politically.
    He was simply the Walter Mondale of the Right- and at that Mondale was probably a better candidate than Mitt ever was.

    February 6, 2014 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
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