Well it looks like third time won’t be the charm for former governor and two-time presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Romney told his staff and donors Friday via conference calls he will not try a third time for the White House. This ended several weeks of speculation that he might run for president.
Even without having formally announced his candidacy, Romney has been ahead of other GOP presidential hopefuls in the polls. Romney addressed that during his calls, saying:
I know that early poll numbers move up and down a great deal during the campaign, but we would have no doubt started in a strong position. One poll out just today shows me gaining support and leading the next closest contender by two to one and also leading in all of the four early states. So, I’m convinced that we could win the nomination.”
But polls weren’t enough to convince Romney to run.
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. In fact, I expect and hope that to be the case. I feel that it’s critical that America elect a conservative leader to become our next president. You know that I 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.”
See more of Romney’s announcement here.
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