Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney addresses a crowd of supporters while introducing New Hampshire Senate candidate Scott Brown at a farm in Stratham, N.H., in July. (Charles Krupa/Associated Press)

Post Politics
By Hunter Schwarz
September 28, 2014 at 8:12 PM


Mitt Romney has been adamant about not running for president again in 2016 for the better part of two years, but beginning late this summer, his answers have become more “probably not” than just a straight “no.”

In August, the 2012 Republican nominee said he wasn’t running, but added that “circumstances can change.” And last week, Ann Romney said “we will see” when she was asked about a third run by her husband. On Wednesday, a Washington Examiner article titled “Romney 2016 is real” reported that the former Massachusetts governor is talking with family and advisers about the possibility.

The road from “I’m not doing it again” to “Circumstances can change” is paved with favorable polls, 2012 predictions that came true and public statements from supporters. Here’s how it has unfolded:

Nov. 6, 2012

Romney loses the election.

March 3, 2013

“I won’t get a third chance. I’m not doing it again,” Romney says on “Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace,” his first interview after the election.

Sept. 5, 2013

Former Romney campaign spokesman Ryan Williams, referring to predictions Romney made about Russia, Detroit and Mali, tells BuzzFeed: “Obviously, it would have been nice if any of these incidents would have occurred during the campaign to vindicate Romney. You would never want to see the bankruptcy of a major U.S. city, or the president embarrass himself on the world stage like he has, but Gov. Romney did discuss these potential outcomes.”

Nov. 15, 2013

“You know, it was a fabulous experience. I loved it. But we’re not doing that again,” Romney says on “CBS This Morning.”

Nov. 19, 2013

A Washington Post-ABC poll finds Romney tied with President Obama, 47 percent to 47 percent, if the 2012 election were held today.

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