'Circumstances Can Change': Romney Suggests Door Not Closed on 2016 Run
Mitt Romney has repeatedly stated that he will not run in the 2016 presidential election, but his most recent comments suggest he may be leaving the door slightly open for another run at the White House.
During a radio interview yesterday on “The Hugh Hewitt Show,” Romney responded to more questions about his possible candidacy by saying, “I know you’re going to press, but you know, this is something we gave a lot of thought to when early on I decided we’re not going to be running this time.“
“And again, we said look, I had the chance of running. I didn’t win. Someone else has a better chance than I do. And that’s what we believe, and that’s why I’m not running. And you know, circumstances can change, but I’m just not going to let my head go there.”
On "America’s Newsroom" this morning, political analysts Tyler Harber and Emily Tisch Sussman joined Martha MacCallum to discuss whether we should read anything into Romney’s comments.
Harber said that Romney has to seriously consider a presidential run, taking into account his sky-high poll numbers and approval rating.
Harber added that Romney is receiving conservative support across the board, and beating the likely Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton will be a major challenge that requires broad support across the Republican party.
Sussman agreed that Clinton will be hard to beat, but said that Romney would be nuts to run in 2016. She pointed out that Romney's two major problems are that he struggled to appeal to a conservative base in the 2012 primaries and many people do not find him relatable.
Harber, on the other hand, thinks that Romney could win the Republican primary and bring a very competitive race against Clinton, but agreed with Sussman that in the end Romney probably will not run.
Watch the clip above and give us your thoughts: do you want another chance to vote for Mitt Romney or do you prefer a fresh face?