Romney made numerous statements in 2013 and 2014 to the media and talks shows, including Jimmy Fallon that he was not going to run for president. However Romney upended the 2016 GOP race when he told a small group of donors on Jan. 9 that he was seriously considering a third presidential bid.
Romney is set to tell his donors in a conference call later today that "After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I've decided it is best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee."
A Romney aide confirmed the 2012 presidential nominee's decision and requested anonymity before the announcement is made. Romney's prepared remarks were posted on Twitter by conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt and confirmed by the Romney aide.
One has to wonder if he will jump back in later?
As a side note Romney's niece Ronna Romney McDaniel is running for the Republican Party Chairmanship in Michigan. Many are wondering how much of a role Mitt Romney will play in the states politics. Ronna Romney McDaniel has been involved in Michigan politics over the last several years after returning from California.