Mitt Romney, the man who lost the presidency to Mr. Obama in 2012, was delivering a speech at the Aspen Ideas Festival on Wednesday when he told the audience that his wife Ann, and his children are concerned with the way the GOP nominating process is unfolding and were insisting he enter the presidential race.
“I got an email from one of my sons yesterday saying, ‘You’ve gotta get in, dad, you’ve gotta get in,” Romney said during a question-and-answer session.
But the anti-Trump governor rejected the request. Romney claims that such a campaign would be too difficult.
“It’s hard on family,” Romney said. “It’s hard on your spouse sitting there in debates agonizing over what you’re going to say next or what your kids go through and your grandkids to go through.”
“I looked at it and I said I don’t think in good conscience I’m the right person to run as long as there was a better alternative who had a better chance of winning, rather,” he added. “And once the nomination was locked up, I didn’t see a chance of winning that was realistic.”
Romney attempted to recruit Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) and Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse (R), both of whom declined to take the challenge despite their distain for Trump.
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