Romney to Say If He's Running at 11am

Romney camp sees more factors in favor of a run than against
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 30, 2015 5:00 AM CST
Romney to Say If He's Running at 11am
Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney addresses the student body and guests at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss., Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015.   (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mitt Romney has reportedly decided whether he'll make a third presidential bid in 2016. In an email yesterday, the Romney camp invited supporters to listen in on a conference call at 11am today, promising "an update," the Washington Post reports. What supporters will get is clarification on whether he's "moving towards a run or pulling back from the prospect," CNN reports via a source. At Bloomberg, Mark Halperin sees three factors pushing him forward: Romney genuinely feels he's the best person to run the country; he believes a shift in message could help him secure key states he lost last time; and polls indicate a lead over other potential candidates nationally as well as in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada.

What's holding him back? The physical and emotional toll on his entire family, for one thing. For another, sources say Romney fears a fierce fight for the Republican nomination would leave the winner a little worse for wear, while Hillary Clinton would likely slide through the Democratic nomination unscathed. (He reportedly sees his main Republican opponent as Ohio Gov. John Kasich, rather than Jeb Bush or Chris Christie.) Another concern from campaign officials is that the GOP plans to label Clinton "as old news and out of touch—both characterizations that could dog the former Massachusetts governor," CNN reports. (More Mitt Romney stories.)

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