Sparing Us 18 Months of References to His Mormon Faith, Mitt Romney Nixes a Third White House Run January 30, 2015

Sparing Us 18 Months of References to His Mormon Faith, Mitt Romney Nixes a Third White House Run

Barely two weeks ago, Mitt Romney, threatening to run for President again, indicated that his road to the White House would be paved with expressions of his faith.

False alarm: He’s not running.

Mitt Romney told supporters Friday that he would not run for president in 2016, ending three weeks of public speculation and sparing the Republican Party a potentially bruising nominating battle between its past nominee and its rising stars.

“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,” Romney said in a statement he read to supporters on a conference call Friday morning. ..

His dalliance invited a barrage of critical reaction from many Republican leaders, conservative commentators and major donors. The influential Wall Street Journal editorial page was particularly harsh, describing Romney’s political profile as “protean,” his political team as “mediocre” and his managerial skills as questionable.

Of course, whoever ends up snagging the GOP nomination is likely to not just talk about religion but to ultimately mix it into the odd policy proposal. We may miss Mitt yet.

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