NEW YORK, January 9, 2014- On Friday, after years of repudiating the idea of running for President in 2016, Mitt Romney, 2012 Republican presidential nominee, says he is now actively exploring running for President again.
According to sources cited by Politico, Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, held a meeting on Friday with more than 30 major donors to his previous campaigns at a Manhattan office. One donor asked Romney to clear the air with regard to whether or not he was considering running. “Everybody in here can go tell your friends that I’m considering a run,” responded Romney.
“What he has said to me before is, ‘I am preserving my options.’ What he is now saying is, ‘I am seriously considering a run,’” notes Bobbie Kilberg, a major Republican fundraiser who bundled millions for Romney’s 2012 race. “And he said that in a room with 30 people. That is a different degree of intensity.”
Earlier in the week, Romney also met privately with his 2012 election campaign staff.