August 27th, 2009
04:49 PM ET
13 years ago

Romney not interested in Kennedy's seat

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Mitt Romney ran against Kennedy for Senate in 1994."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Responding to speculation that Mitt Romney might be looking at Ted Kennedy's Senate seat, a Romney spokesman said Thursday the former Massachusetts governor isn't interested.

"Governor Romney's focus right now is on helping other Republicans run for office, and that is how he will be spending his time," Romney aide Eric Fehrnstrom said in an e-mail to CNN.

Romney mounted a challenge to Kennedy in 1994 but lost by 17 points. The former GOP presidential candidate referred to the race in a statement he released on Wednesday after Kennedy died.

"In 1994, I joined the long list of those who ran against Ted and came up short," Romney said. "But he was the kind of man you could like even if he was your adversary. I came to admire Ted enormously for his charm and sense of humor - qualities all the more impressive in a man who had known so much loss and sorrow."

Romney is widely believed to have his eyes set on a bigger prize than a U.S. Senate seat, and is considered likely to seek the presidency again in 2012. Another statewide run might also pose a tougher challenge for Romney than he faced when he last won office as a pro-choice candidate, in a state Barack Obama won by 25 points last November.

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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Alex

    We here in Massachusetts have no interest in seeing Mitt Romney's political career forwarded in any way... Run if you like, you piece of Mormon crap, we're not buying!

    August 27, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  2. lovable liberal

    Not interested in getting beaten...

    August 27, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  3. Failin' Bailin' Quittin' Palin, How Does Your Ignorance Grow?

    He's too unctuous to get any seat including president. Dream on, Mittens, and don't forget your magic undies!

    August 27, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  4. John M, NoHo

    He's not dumb. He knows the same people who re-elected Ted seven times aren't about to flip over for the polar opposite.

    August 27, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  5. Zaley

    And we're not interested in Mitt Romney.

    August 27, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  6. Bill

    "Governor" Rommney? Did I miss something? He is no longer entitled to use that title and in doing so would appear to have forgotten that our politicians (Kennedy's aside) are not American royalty.

    August 27, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  7. Andrew

    I'd be surprised if he didn't run for pres in 2012.

    I am getting a kick out of those on the far left and right commenting. Liberals are shouting a Republican won't be in the white house ever again and he is evil – while Conservatives claim he'll sweep the floor with Obama.

    Let the guy run and we'll see what happens. How bout that?

    August 27, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
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