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Friday, October 21, 2016

2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney put an end to weeks of speculation on Friday, when he told supporters on a conference call that he would not run for president again in 2016.

“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,” Romney said, according to a transcript of his remarks obtained by conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt.

Earlier in January, Romney shook up the early race for the GOP nomination when he told a group of donors that he was ” seriously considering” another run. But he has since decided to back away in favor of a younger candidate.

“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,” he said, in a possible shot at Republican rival Jeb Bush. “In fact, I expect and hope that to be the case.”

This story has been updated.

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  • idamag

    Actually, at this point, he was the best they had.

    • Frank KIng

      I also believed him to be the leading actor in the right wing ‘theater of the absurd”. His views seem to be much more moderate than the run of the mill republican seeking office but his “saber rattling” during his last run for the presidency was not in tune with America after the bungled mission into Afghanistan and the misguided, mismanaged venture into Iraq. The number of clowns left in the right wing circus running as announced or about to be announced for the presidency with most positioning themselves as right wing or extreme right wing is a frightening thought since they have one two straight elections and could win the WH.

      • plc97477

        Not if the dems get to the polls. Dems love presidential elections and are more apt to vote in them.

    • plc97477

      Repugs don’t really like losers and romoney was a loser.

  • FT66

    I think there is a trick which has been played here. Romney was doing better in polls than Jeb Bush. He knows for sure a lot of GOP aren’t sold to Jeb. The rest of contenders are far, far behind in match up with Hillary. I do think, Romney will wait Bush is crashed in Iowa and New Hampshire and jump on thereafter.