door on running for president 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 in a phone call to supporters Friday.
Mitt Romney speaks to fellow Republicans during the Republican National Committee’s annual winter meeting aboard the USS Midway, Jan. 16, 2015. (Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)
Romney said he believes his decision is what is best for the Republican Party and the country.
“I feel that it is critical that America elect a conservative leader to become our next president,” he said. “You know that I have 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.
Romney told supporters, “you can’t imagine how hard it is for Ann and me to step aside, especially knowing of your support and the support of so many people across the country.”
“I’ve been asked, and will certainly be asked again if there are any circumstances whatsoever that might develop that could change my mind. That seems unlikely. Accordingly, I’m not organizing a PAC or taking donations; I’m not hiring a campaign team,” he said.
A copy of his remarks were first published by radio host Hugh Hewitt. Developing.