Tagg Romney: My Dad Never Really Wanted To Run For President
In yet another post-election analysis, Mitt Romney’s son Tagg states that his father’s involvement in the 2012 campaign wasn’t entirely enthusiastic:
More than being reticent, Romney was at first far from sold on a second presidential run. Haunted by his 2008 loss, he initially told his family he would not do it. While candidates often try to portray themselves as reluctant, Tagg insisted his father’s stance was genuine.
“He wanted to be president less than anyone I’ve met in my life. He had no desire to . . . run,” said Tagg, who worked with his mother, Ann, to persuade his father to seek the presidency. “If he could have found someone else to take his place . . . he would have been ecstatic to step aside. He is a very private person who loves his family deeply and wants to be with them, but he has deep faith in God and he loves his country, but he doesn’t love the attention.”
Running for President is a nearly two year long ordeal where you’re constantly in the public eye. If you’re not up for that from the very beginning, there’s no point in getting into the race to begin with.