Mitt Romney Announces He Will Not Run for President

Jan 30, 2015 at 12:24 pm |

Former Massachusetts Gov. and Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney jumps off the back of a pickup truck after speaking to supporters

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Thank your lucky stars! Mitt Romney announced today (Jan. 30) that he will NOT be running for president in 2016.

In a conference call to supporters, Romney said, “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.”

Speculation of whether or not Romney would run a third time has been the talk of the town. Just Wednesday, the former one-term governor of Massachusetts gave a speech at Mississippi State University where he talked about what his 2016 presidential run would look like. This, to many, was a sign that he was going to go for president.

For the 2012 election, Romney seemed unsure if he was going to run. And then he did. Today Romney said, “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.”

Should we take this with a grain of salt from the Republican?

Whether the boring speech giver runs or not, we are all left with just one question: which bump on a log is going to try and take on Hillary?

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