Mitt Romney Will Not Run For President In 2016

By  //  January 30, 2015

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'we believe it is for the best of the party and the nation'

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“I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee,” said Mitt Romney. (Image for SpaceCoastDaily.com)

Mitt Romney told donors Friday morning that he will not run for president in 2016.

Without mentioning former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Romney seemed to suggest he thinks someone else would be the ideal Republican candidate in 2016.

“I believe that one of our next generation of Republican leaders, one who may not be as well known as I am today, one who has not yet taken their message across the country, one who is just getting started, may well emerge as being better able to defeat the Democrat nominee,” said Romney.

“In fact, I expect and hope that to be the case.”

 

He said it is a tough decision for him and his wife Ann, “but we believe it is for the best of the party and the nation.”

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney

“After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee,” said Mitt Romney. 

“You know that I have wanted to be that president.

But I do not want to make it more difficult for someone else to emerge who may have a better chance of becoming that president.”

Romney spent weeks making calls to former fundraisers, staff and supporters, and giving a few speeches in which he outlined his potential vision for another campaign. “I’m thinking about how I can help the country,” he told hundreds of students Wednesday night at Mississippi State University.

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The decision not to run frees up donors to support other Republican candidates.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Senator Rand Paul are among those who are considering a White House bid.


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