Mitt Romney: I Might Run for President

Romney makes announcement to fund-raising group
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2015 5:01 PM CST
Mitt Romney: I Might Run for President
Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at the BYU Marriott Center in Provo, Utah, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014.    (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann)

Heads up, Jeb Bush and Chris Christie: Mitt Romney said today that he may run for president in 2016, the Wall Street Journal reports. Sources say he made the announcement at a meeting with Republican donors in New York City. "Mitt told the group of 30 or so guys that were there that he is considering a run for the White House and that they could go tell their friends," a source from the meeting tells CNN. Romney cited trouble overseas and the long-term economy as motives for running, but gave no timetable for deciding. Romney had been iffy on whether to run after losing in 2008 and 2012, CNN says, but had a change of mind over the past few weeks.

"I think he is serious," says the CNN source. "One of the first things he said he said was, 'People ask me, do you want to be president? Well, yes, I did run twice.'" Romney reportedly says his wife Ann is "very encouraging" but his sons are divided over a 2016 run. A Romney candidacy could "upend the emerging GOP field" just as donors are gathering around Bush, the Journal says. A GOP funder at Romney's meeting, Alex Nabab, had been "part of" a recent Bush event, and Bush allies have expressed frustration over GOP donors holding out in the hope of a Romney run, Politico reports. (More Mitt Romney stories.)

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