Ann Romney told a reporter for the Los Angeles Times on Monday that her husband would not be making another bid for the White house in 2016. “Not only Mitt and I are done, but the kids are done,” she said, referring to her five sons. “Done. Done. Done.”
Though she quashed any hope of her husband running, Mrs. Romney did elaborate on the “really interesting” Republicans she thinks may enter the race. Among them were Jeb Bush, Ohio Senator Rob Portman and her husband’s 2012 running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan. “We’re going to see a nice field shake out,” she said.
Thus far, the Romneys have not come out in staunch support of any one Republican candidate. “We have a number of different voices within our party that have different views about where America should go, and I look forward to supporting one of them,” Mitt has said.
Though both Mitt Romney and his wife have now denounced rumors that a second campaign for the White House is in the works, avid supporters of the 2012 candidate are still holding out hope. Indeed, after Obama’s abysmal presidency, throngs of voters believe Romney would have done a far superior job as Commander-in-Chief. “When you get elected to the Senate, your job should be to convince Mitt Romney to run for president again,” a donor reportedly told Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst at a private fundraiser that Romney headlined last weekend.
Adding fuel to the fire, attendees of a Monday rally for Ernst shouted, “Run, Mitt, Run!” Meanwhile, a state legislator who introduced Romney said, “If his address was 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, I would sleep a lot better.”
The Daily Mail reported:
Romney has experienced similar nudging from backers at events across the country. Clad in Romney campaign gear, dire-hard fans have turned out at several major campaign events the former Massachusetts governor has spoken at this fall.
But the Romenys have their designs set on other, non-political projects after the midterm elections, including spending more time with their children and 21 grandchildren, and raising money for the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.
The Romneys are in the process of launching the Ann Romney Center for Neurological Diseases at Brigham.
The LA Times, which interviewed Ann for the specific purpose of talking about the research facility, reports that the center will look for cures and treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, Parkinson’s disease, brain tumors and a research facility that will focus on finding cures and new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, a disease Ann suffers from.
Ann Romney is seeking to raise $50 million dollars in seed money for the center to mirror the 50 million people afflicted with the five diseases, the Times said.
Tonight the Romneys are hosting a dinner for former donors and political associates – strictly to raise money for the research center, the Post reports.
Mitt Romney has repeatedly remarked that he will not be running for president, however, more vague statements led some to suspect he may secretly be planning a campaign. Does his wife’s latest comment settle the matter once and for all? Tell us what you think in the comments section!