Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will not make a third run for president, he told supporters on a Friday morning call, saying he believes it’s “best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity” to become the nominee.
Romney acknowledged during the call that he may not have been the strongest contender for the GOP in a general election, and said that was the primary motivation behind his decision.
“I feel that it is critical that America elect a conservative leader to become our next president. You know that I have wanted to be that president. But I do not want to make it more difficult for someone else to emerge who may have a better chance of becoming that president,” he said.
The 2012 GOP nominee said on the call that he’ll “do whatever I can” to help elect that person — and attempted to tamp down any further speculation over whether he’ll change his mind.
“That seems unlikely,” he said. “Accordingly, I’m not organizing a PAC or taking donations; I’m not hiring a campaign team.” (Read more from “Romney Makes Decision” HERE)