[Ed. – Great. Wide field of big-government types shaping up already.]
Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, told Republican donors in New York on Friday that he is seriously considering a third presidential campaign in 2016, according to a source present at the meeting.
Spencer Zwick, Romney’s former national finance co-chairman who was at the New York meeting, confirmed that Romney is weighing a 2016 run. …
The former Massachusetts governor held a lengthy meeting on Friday with about 30 major donors to his past campaigns at an office in midtown Manhattan. His comment that he was seriously considering running came in response to a question from an attendee who asked if he would clear up whether he was jumping in the race.
“One of the more interesting things was Mitt said, ‘People ask if I really want to be president,’ and he said, ‘I’ve run twice. Yeah, I want to be president,’” said a source present for the session who was granted anonymity to share details of the meeting. “He said that box is checked.”
Romney’s wife, Ann, had sounded adamant in public comments last year that she did not want him to run for president in 2016. “Done. Completely,” she said in October when asked about the prospect of another presidential campaign. “Not only Mitt and I are done, but the kids are done. Done. Done. Done.”
But Romney told donors on Friday that Ann had changed her mind, according to a person in the room.