Though he has said over and over that he will not be running again, Mitt Romney has begun putting plans in motion to make a presidential run in 2016. Over the past few weeks, he has been contacting friends in congress as well as big donors from his 2012 campaign to let them know that he is preparing to throw his hat in the race again.
Several sources close to Romney, some anonymously and some publicly, have said that he will likely run for president for a third time.
One of the congressman he reached out too was Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), his running mate in 2012. Ryan reportedly offered him words of encouragement and wished him good luck.
Romney is allegedly planning to run to the right of Jeb Bush, who many say is the current frontrunner for the Republican nomination.
Romney has begun looking for donations from high-level donors at dinner parties and private events, where he often tells crowds, “I want to be president” before assuring them that his wife Ann is ready for another adventure.
Since fundraising is his strongsuit, Romney can likely raise the funds needed to run for president. Back in 2012, he raised nearly $1 billion for his campaign.
Whether or not he can secure the nomination is a very different story. The competition for the Republican nomination is tight this year. Aside from Jeb Bush, Romney will likely be facing off against Sen. Mario Rubio (Rep-Fla.), New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, among other contenders.
The 2016 presidential race is still in it’s early stages, and should he actually end up running, Romney will definitely have a very long road ahead of him.
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H/T: Conservative Tribune