Romney Not Running In 2012?

Romney Not Running In 2012?


That’s what he apparently claimed a couple weeks ago.

From the Post-Gazette via Politico:

“I think it’s quite unlikely that I would run for office again,” he said. “I gave this my best effort. My experience in politics is that the window opens rarely. It opened for me. I stepped through it, got on the stage and did my darnedest to win the nomination. John McCain was successful and I was not.”

Adding that he’d prefer to contribute outside electoral politics, Romney reiterated: “If I were a betting person, I’d say I’m not going to be running again.”

Maybe backing off of the 2012 race isn’t such a bad idea. After all, 2016 would probably be a better bet at this point given Obama’s massive win.

Still…if Romney waits 8 years he’ll be 69 and there will probably be another superstar in the GOP like Bobby Jindal who’ll be poised to lead them out of the wilderness. So maybe 2012 is Romney’s best bet.

We shall see…

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  • Mike

    I don’t take very seriously what he said before election day. That was really the only thing he could say. If he had said he was thinking of running again, that would have been pounced on as a prediction of a McCain defeat (it would be a stretch for him to run in 2016 after eight years out of the spotlight). He said he was expecting McCain to win, so in order to be consistent with that he had to say that he was not expecting to run again.

    Either that or I’m full of it and Romney just isn’t all that interested. Like you said, we’ll see.

  • Joshua

    Or maybe he has his eye on a career outside of politics. As I’ve mentioned here before, ever since he turned around the Salt Lake Olympic Organizing Committee, I’ve always wanted to see Romney do a Peter Ueberroth and replace Bud Selig as the next commissioner of Major League Baseball. After 15+ years of Selig allowing problems like players’ steroid use to fester, and otherwise generally making a mess of the game (see the ’94 strike, the ’02 All-Star Game fiasco, etc.), MLB could use someone like Romney in charge to help clean up their act. And as it turns out, Selig’s current term as MLB commish (which he has claimed will be his last) ends in 2012.