Mitt Romney ‘will not run again’ if campaign falls short, wife says

Ann Romney said on Thursday that she did not want her husband, Mitt, the Republican nominee for president, to seek the White House again this year and added that if he loses on Nov. 6, the former Massachusetts governor will retire from politics.

“He will not run again — nor will I do anything like that,’’ Ann Romney said on ABC’s “The View.’’

“This was a very hard thing for me to decide to go forward again … for the family to have to go through this,’’ Romney also said. “The children have a hard time with it. I have a hard time with it. And yet I felt as though there was something my husband could offer this country that was uniquely his, that he could bring better economic hope and prosperity to women and men and all Americans.’’


Members of Mitt Romney’s family have said before that they had reservations about another presidential bid.

“I was really reluctant. I didn’t want him to do it,’’ Matt Romney said on TBS’s “Conan’’ in June, when he was joined by the four other Romney sons. “I tried to convince him not to. I think there are a few of us who tried that.’’

On the same program, Josh Romney said the family is “nervous’’ about how life might change if Mitt Romney is elected.

“Our lives are pretty good as they are, and this is one of those things where we recognize it’s good for the country for my dad to run, but it’s not necessarily as good for us,’’ Josh Romney said.

Josh Romney joined his mother on “The View’’ on Thursday and said “you really don’t like to see your dad get beat up.’’

Answering for his brother Tagg’s comment on Wednesday that he wanted to “take a swing’’ at President Obama during Tuesday’s debate, Josh Romney said the remark was a joke.

“That brother has slugged me a couple times. I assure you President Obama has nothing to worry about,’’ Josh Romney cracked.

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