Will a third run for president be the charm for former Republican nominee Mitt Romney? According to CBS News’ Bob Scheiffer, he has a source who has claimed Governor Romney plans on running for president if former Florida Governor Jeb Bush stays out of the race. According to Scheiffer, “I have a source that told me that if Jeb Bush decides not to run, that Mitt Romney may actually try it again.” Governor Bush has said he will make a decision on a 2016 run by the end of this year. Recently he has fallen under harsh criticism from the conservative base for his softer rhetoric on immigration reform, but some major Romney donors have come forward in recent weeks pledging support to Bush should he decide to run.
Mitt Romney has said time and time again that he has no interest in running for president a third time.
But, on Sunday morning, CBS’ Bob Schieffer said not to write off the idea of a 2016 campaign by Romney so quickly.
“I have a source that told me that if Jeb Bush decides not to run, that Mitt Romney may actually try it again,” Schieffer said.
During a political panel discussion, the “Face the Nation” host said that he has been told that Romney will consider seeking the Republican nomination for the presidency in 2016 if former Florida governor Jeb Bush chooses to sit the race out.
Romney and Bush are considered similar candidates — both moderate former governors who enjoy the support of much of the GOP establishment but draw skepticism from the party’s conservative ranks.
Several major Romney donors told The Washington Post earlier this year that Bush would be their preferred Republican candidate in 2016.
After shrinking out of the public light following his crushing loss to President Obama in 2012, Romney has slowly reemerged as a coveted political ally for Republicans seeking office this year.