We Won’t Have Mitt Romney to Kick Around Anymore
After weeks of giving every indication that he’s running for president yet again, Mitt Romney has announced that he’s not a candidate for 2016.
YahooNews (“Mitt Romney says he will not make 2016 White House bid“):
Mitt Romney wanted to go out on his terms.
The former Massachusetts governor and two-time presidential candidate pulled back from the brink of a third only after determining that he could position himself as going out on top.
“Two weeks ago it would have looked like he got pushed out,” said a campaign adviser from the 2012 effort.
Now, Romney exited the stage with the most recent opinion polls showing him leading the huge field of potential Republican candidates for president.
He has tried to rebrand himself as a man who cares about the poor, and delivered a highly publicized speech in Mississippi this week.
“The rich are fine in America. They’re fine almost regardless of who’s the president,” he said.
Many in the political world laughed at the idea that Romney would run again, but he, his family and his close advisers all believed firmly that he was the right man for the job in 2012, and remained so now. With the polling data especially being what it is, Romney can exit the scene saying he walked away from a likely victory.
“It’s the right thing to do at the right time,” said the former Romney aide.
Romney announced the news during a conference call with his supporters at 11 a.m. EST.
In October, Ann Romney told ABC News that her husband of 45 years had “moved on.”
Carry on, then.