Politics

Mitt Romney May Run For President In 2016

| by Michael Allen

GOP 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney is seriously considering running again.

“I want to be president,” Romney told about 30 Republican donors in New York today, noted The Washington Post.

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Romney also told the crowd that his wife Ann, who voiced her opposition to a third run to ABC News in 2014, was “very encouraging.”

“I believe Mitt Romney is too much of a patriot to sit on the sidelines and concede the presidency to Hillary Clinton or [Sen.] Elizabeth Warren when he knows that he can fix the country,” Spencer Zwick, who worked on Romney’s 2012 campaign, told The Washington Post.

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“I think at the end of the day he believes he could actually make a difference,” added Zwick. “He won’t make a decision to run for president based on who else is in the race. He will make a decision based on his own desire and his own abilities.”

However, Doug Gross, Romney’s 2008 Iowa campaign chairman, countered, “Frankly, he has been bypassed by Jeb [Bush]. The time for Governor Romney has probably passed. He has already lost twice. The jury is very much out on whether Republican voters would go with him again.”

According to Bloomberg News, Bush's allies have set a goal of raising $100 million over the next three months, however, Bush's spokesperson claimed that number was not accurate.

Another probable GOP presidential contender Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) says that his family is on board with him running in 2016, but told the National Journal that he has not made a decision.

Sen. Rubio is also up for re-election in 2016 and could not run for two positions.

Sources: ABC News, The Washington Post, Bloomberg News, National Journal
Image Credit: Gage Skidmore