In an interview with ABC News less than two months ago, Ann Romney said that her feelings about her husband running again for president were quite strong — she was against it.
“We’re not doing that again,” she said.
“It’s a no,” adding that when friends, family and former aides urge them to give it one more go, she says it’s “kind of cute.”
The former Massachusetts governor, 67, has himself been vague on the subject of another bid for the White House. Romney told The New York Times in September, “Circumstances can change…. We’ll see what happens.”
Now, one might ask, if circumstances may indeed be changing, considering what the two-time presidential contender has just done. And one might ask if Ann Romney, Mitt’s wife of 45 years, thinks that her husband’s apparently renewed interest in running is “kind of cute.”
According to a businessinsider.com post that’s generating a lot of renewed speculation, Mitt Romney held meetings in New York this week with big donors from previous campaigns. This left at least one attendee, a Romney insider, convinced the governor has made up his mind — he is running again for president.
A member of Romney’s inner circle who spoke to Business Insider said the former governor of Massachusetts traveled to New York City on Monday where he met with key financial backers of his past campaigns to lay the groundwork for a 2016 White House bid.
This reported donor meeting came the week after a fresh poll of New Hampshire voters showed Romney a clear favorite among potential Republican rivals for the nomination. As reported on politico.com:
Romney leads with 30 percent of the vote in a Bloomberg Politics/St. Anselm New Hampshire poll released Monday.
It is a healthy 19-point lead over other possible GOP names, including Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who trails at 11 percent.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie received 9 percent, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush won 8 percent, and Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon and conservative commentator, follows with 6 percent.
Business Insider also notes that Romney’s meetings this week are among several recent efforts to reconnect with former donors and campaign staff.
In October, The Washington Post reported on a “flurry of behind-the-scenes activity” that Romney’s “friends” said was leading him to “more seriously consider” running for president again.
This activity included multiple meetings with donors and “supporters in key states” as well as an October dinner in Boston that Romney and his wife hosted for “former campaign advisers and business associates.”
So, given that she was apparently at his side for the Boston affair, maybe Ann Romney is, herself, softening to the idea that Mitt will step up to the presidential plate for a third swing at the home run ball that has twice eluded him.
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