Mitt Romney is considering a third run for the White House, for the vacancy coming up in 2016, reversing an earlier family decision to call it quits after his 2012 bid.
“I want to be president,” Romney told donors at a meeting in New York on Friday. His wife, Ann, who was against him running again, had been very encouraging, he added.
For the present, however, Romney has said he is “seriously considering” it, which is way short of an announcement. He didn't indicate when he plans to announce.
A third run is not a case of a bit too many. Ronald Reagan won the presidency on his third attempt, and went on to win a second term and a place in the pantheon of Republican icons.
But Romney had clearly had it with it, after the failed 2012 run, when President Barack Obama had looked the most vulnerable ever. And he, and Ann, said so in many interviews.
Though he never did take the path of obscurity that awaits most failed candidates. He assumed the role of an elder statesman in the Republican party and, basically, just hung around.
Donors began pressuring him for a clear answer after former Florida governor Jeb Bush announced he was considering a run himself, to become the first third president from one family.
“I really doubted he would after Jeb announced,” said Christopher Bedford, managing editor are conservative Daily Caller, adding, “I don't think he'd be a bad president.”
But Bedford, like many conservatives, believes “that his time has passed and he should enjoy his status as an elder statesman and not risk going down in history as a two-time loser”.
Conservatives are also nervous about the current line-up of Republicans considering a run — mostly young firebrands Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Chris Christie.
Jeb Bush’s announcement galvanized that section of the party, the establishment, therefore. And now Romney, who appeals to the same constituency.?