Romney insists he won't be a candidate in 2016

Former presidential candidate attended an event to endorse Sen. Scott Brown's New Hampshire Senate campaign
Associated Press
Jul 2, 2014

Returning to the same New Hampshire farm where he launched his last presidential campaign, Mitt Romney on Wednesday insisted he would not pursue a third White House bid but called on voters to punish President Barack Obama by giving Republicans the Senate majority this fall.

"I know that the president is not on the ballot this November, but the people of New Hampshire have a chance to vote on what they think about the president's agenda," Romney told hundreds of people gathered under a beating sun as he endorsed former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown's New Hampshire Senate campaign.

Romney criticized Brown's opponent, Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, as a "Simon Says senator" who blindly follows Obama's wishes.

The day was supposed to be focused on Brown's quest to defeat Shaheen this fall, part of a larger Republican push to pick up the six seats needed to claim the Senate majority for the final two years of Obama's presidency. But Romney's return to the state where he began and ended his last presidential campaign loomed over the event.

The rally took place at Scamman's Bittersweet Farm, the same location where the former Massachusetts governor formally launched his second presidential campaign three years earlier.

"We had an election in 2012 in which clearly the wrong person won," former New Hampshire Gov. John H. Sununu said to cheers.

Romney was mobbed by supporters — some wore T-shirts from his last campaign — after his brief remarks. Several people encouraged him to launch another presidential campaign. As he has done consistently in recent months, Romney insisted he had no interest. He said the Republican Party would likely have 14 or 15 candidates to pick from.

"I'm going to get behind the one who I think has the best chance of winning," he said and later added, "We'll get someone who can win."

Romney dominated his Republican opponents in New Hampshire's 2012 presidential primary on his way to capturing the GOP nomination, but he lost to Obama by more than 5 percentage points in the general election.

Democrats criticized Romney's visit, his first public appearance in the state since the early hours of Election Day 2012.

"Scott, we have news for you," state Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley said in a message aimed at Brown. "Mitt Romney has no credibility in New Hampshire. ... We haven't forgotten his '47 percent' comments."

Buckley referred to comments Romney made in the last campaign that Obama had the support of the 47 percent of Americans who don't pay income taxes and who consider themselves "victims" and don't "take personal responsibility and care for their lives." His campaign never fully recovered from the intense criticism his comments sparked.

Romney's loss to Obama effectively pushed him into political exile. But he has been playing a growing role in national Republican affairs ahead of the November midterm elections. So far this year, he has endorsed more than 30 candidates running for statewide office or for Congress in two dozen states, although he has appeared publicly in only a handful.

Brown noted Romney's special relationship with New Hampshire, where the former Massachusetts governor has a summer home.

"New Hampshire knows Mitt Romney very, very well, and not just because he won the presidential primary here," he said. "We know him as the upright and capable man who we wish were president right now."

Brown's advisers see Romney as a unifying force for New Hampshire Republicans still divided about Brown's candidacy. The former Massachusetts senator formally moved to the state several months ago. And his moderate positions on social issues and gun laws irk some conservatives.

Asked whether he still had the presidential "bug" ahead of 2016, Romney kept the focus on Brown.

"I got the bug to help Scott — that's about it," he said.



Not that I dislike Mr Romney or his policies but you can't seriously mount a campaign (again) once you've been defeated for president (especially in the last election).

Darwin's choice

Look at the failure that was twice elected, Romney would be a great president!



That's odd. We Dems don't think Obama is a failure. He certainly turned the country back in the right direction after The nightmare Bush years. We shudder to think what America would be like had Romney won, since he promised to double down on all the disastrous Republican economic policies that caused the recession in the first place.

As Garrison Keillor said, describing Bush and Republicans in general: they are dead wrong, and proud of it.


Re: "We Dems don't think Obama is a failure."

WSJ/NBC news poll:

"Job approval rating at 41%, matching a previous low. Approval of his handling of foreign policy hit a new low of 37%."

Only the clueless minority still bitterly cling to the Incompetent-in-Chief.

Pres. Obama: Always wrong, but never in doubt.


LMAO, recent polling seems to disagree with you. An increasing number of democrats seem to be waking up...except for you. Maybe you should remove the Obama anal probe. You may just find he really isn't the messiah.


Re: "messiah."

Another 'true believer,' Rep. Gutiérrez says that he can "heal" millions of undocumented immigrants .

Is water into wine the next parlor trick? :)


Do you think Hillary and the dems believe that?

Bush 1 ran and lost before becoming Pres, same with Bush 1, Nixon the same. I am sure their are more but I don't recall off hand.

The Big Dog's back

I could have told you romney wasn't going to run after Barack took him to the woodshed.


Yeah their party is pretty much in denial. They mathematically had no path to 270 electoral votes, yet Rove and others were still predicting a Romney victory late into election evening. Obama ended up winning in a landslide, by well over a hundred electoral votes. It takes a special amount of cluelessness and inept polling to be THAT wrong.

They keep thinking they lost because Americans are stupid and voted for the wrong person, or that they didn't nominate the right candidate. Anything to avoid addressing the real problem the party has: its old white base is dying off, and they are unable to attract new voters, due to their deplorable stance on social issues and the middle class/poor.

I don't see things changing in 2016. They'll still be a negative force in American government, but they'll still be doing all their carping from outside the Oval Office.


Coasterfan you are a useful idiot and i respect that. I am sorry you have no brain or your own and are used by the latest politician that has a "D" behind his name but i have to call you out. Your god is just as bad as Bush, You are just not smart enough to see it.
If you vote Democrat in 2016 it must be because you want Social Security and other handouts that you do not deserve for being retarded and need a free check.
As i said Coaster i respect you for being a useful idiot, Hopefully i can use you when i run for office. I plan on running with a "D" behind my name and i can promise anything.
(Just think you will be supporting me idiot, DO WHAT YOU ARE TOLD! Get ready!!)

The Big Dog's back

Social Security a handout? Are you nuts?


Yes he is nuts, dumb too!


Re: "Social Security"

If a private co. designed and operated SS, the feds would shut it down and the officers would be on trial for corp. malfeasance.

Bernie Maddoff was a piker compared to THAT pyramid scheme.


"If a private co. designed and operated SS, the feds would shut it down and the officers would be on trial for corp. malfeasance."

This is an alternative to SS that has been in place in Galveston, Texas and surrounding counties since 1981. It shows what SS could have been...

It is a defined benifit plan. If owner dies it goes to his estate instead of back into the program. You have many choices as to how you invest, how you get the payout from lump sum to monthly for ten years to lifetime benefits... the participant gets to choose how and what. Choice is a good thing to have.


Re: "Obama"

That "crack pie" comment was about the craziest sh*t I'd ever heard come out of his 'pie hole,' Sport.

Embrace the Loon-in-Chief.


Joke much pooh?


Re: "Joke,"

Serious and dangerous drug abuse is a "joke," you PDB?

The FLOTUS was having no part of it.

Embrace the Loon-in-Chief, pipsqueak.


"woodshed"? Really pound puppy? Everything Mr Romney stated in the debates came true, while the flounder and chief spewed BS. The latest poll named your messiah the WORSE president since WW2. Even surpassing the Carter presidency. Proud moment for sure lol. Deep down we all know you libs are disappointed in this usurper in the oval office, but just to love struck to admit it. Or you have been eating the crack laced pies the president and the first lady seem to enjoy. Where's the outrage from the left? The president making jokes about a drug that kills its abusers and ruins lives? Yet you say nothing. God forbid if conservative would have said that you all would be foaming at the mouth.

The Big Dog's back

"First Lady Laura Bush said that if her husband is elected to a second term she would like to help juvenile delinquents with substance abuses problems. When asked how she would do that she replied, 'Just as I always have. By marrying them and bearing their children.'"


God your shame knows no bounds. Sad little man you are.


You just got "owned" freespeech. Admit that!


And how was that? His ignorant comment? I almost feel sorry for you.



You are a sorry little man , all you do is insult people.


"When asked how she would do that she replied, 'Just as I always have. By marrying them and bearing their children.'"

Sounds like what the current First Lady did with the current President... if you believe what he wrote in his autobioraphy. Course you would have to believe what he has said... I can see where that might just be a tough thing to do... given his documented lying history....

We will be out of Gitmo in 6 months of my election, you can keep your doctor if you like him... period, If you like your plan you can keep your plan... period, the average American will save $25000 per year under obamacare.


Re: "Barack took him to the woodshed,"

Yep! He successfully lied his way into a second term - just like the first.


Re: "giving Republicans the Senate majority this fall."

The potential of making Pres. Obama a TRUE lame duck POTUS and showing Sen. Reid the door should be interesting.

The Big Dog's back

Ain't gonna happen.

Dr. Information

Can we please refer to coaster, Big Dog, and a handful of others as the Misfit Kids.

I literally get on here every single day to get the full amount of stupidity my brain can handle for the day reading what the misfit kids post.

The Big Dog's back

I think you wake up with that stupidity.

Darwin's choice

Too good to pass up.....!!!

Famous Presidential Liars Contest

We were attacked (in the Gulf of Tonkin)

I am not a crook

GHW Bush
Read my lips - No New Taxes

I did not have sex with that woman... Miss Lewinski

GW Bush
Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, but proven to not be a lie.

I will have the most transparent administration in history. The stimulus will fund shovel-ready jobs.
The IRS is not targeting anyone.
I am focused like a laser on creating jobs. It was a spontaneous riot about a movie. I will put an end to the type of politics that "breeds division, conflict and cynicism".
You didn't build that!
I will restore trust in Government.
The Cambridge cops acted stupidly.
The public will have 5 days to look at every bill that lands on my desk
It's not my red line - it is the world's red line.
Whistle blowers will be protected in my administration.
We got back every dime we used to rescue the banks and auto companies, with interest.
I am not spying on American citizens.
Obama Care will be good for America.
You can keep your family doctor.
Premiums will be lowered by $2500. If you like it, you can keep your current healthcare plan.
It's just like shopping at Amazon.
I knew nothing about "Fast and Furious" gunrunning to Mexican drug cartels.
I knew nothing about IRS targeting conservative groups.
I knew nothing about what happened in Benghazi.
I have never known my uncle from Kenya who is in the country illegally and that was arrested and told to leave the country over 20 years ago.
And, I have never lived with that uncle. He finally admitted (12-05-2013) that he DID know his uncle and that he DID live with him.
If elected I promise not to renew the Patriot Act.
If elected I will end the war in Iraq and Afghanistan within the 1st 9 months of my term.
I will close Guantanamo within the first 6 months of my term.
I will bridge the gap between black and white and between America and other countries.
And the biggest one of all:
"I, Barrack Hussein Obama, pledge to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America."

I believe we have a winner!!!!