Mitt Romney has denied any plans to run for president for the third time in 2016, but that hasn’t stopped conservatives from asking for him back.
"People are always gracious and say, 'Oh, you should run again,'" he said in a New York Times interview earlier this month. "I'm not running again."
Writing about the setbacks to N.J. Gov. Chris Christie’s political momentum, BuzzFeed cited an anonymous Republican “fundraising operative” who said that many conservatives have lost faith in Christie, and, in fact, yearn for the presidential election of 2012.
“There are definitely people jumping ship,” the operative said.
Without a strong candidate to replace Christie, some donors have called for Romney.
“You know what a lot of them say to me? I think we need Mitt back,” the operative said.
The National Journal reported that despite Romney’s protestations, Romney may be in a good position for a 2016 presidential bid.
The Boston Globe reported that in a hypothetical 2016 presidential primary, former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney would take the New Hampshire state GOP nomination with 25 percent of the vote. Next in line would be Ky. Sen. Rand Paul, at 18 percent, followed by N.J. Gov. Chris Christie, at 17 percent, and former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush, at 13 percent.
But speaking to the New York Times, Romney said, "I think that Chris Christie and Paul Ryan and Jeb Bush and Scott Walker, and the list goes on, have a much better chance of doing that, and so I will support one of them as they become the nominee."