Romney Declines a 2016 Bid
Washington - Mitt Romney's quest to reach the White House has lasted almost a decade of his life. Now at age 67, Romney has announced that this quest is at an end; he has decided against a third attempt for the White House.
Many believe that this shift comes from previous donors who refused to commit to another campaign. His key operatives are signing instead, with former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida. The same party that boasted Romney to nomination in 2012 has elected to move on, rather then to push forward. The news on Friday that Romney was out of the race revealed much about the 2015 Republican Party. The current party leaders are in a determined mood. They are eager to face, and hope to defeat, the strong, well-funded Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.
Mr. Romney's choice to not run frees up many Republican established donors and campaign operatives, which ignites an intense battle for support. So far, Mr. Jeb Bush has done well among the party's donor class, but its grass-roots activists, who are critical to the early stages of nominations, have yet to favor a candidate.
Romney's departure also has the potential to deprive the Democrats of what they had hoped for: a damaging confrontation between Romney and Bush. The Democrats had also thought that Romney would be easier to defeat since they were successful in winning a face-off in 2012.
For the Romney family, the decision against another campaign run meant the end of a journey. It is a bittersweet moment. There is the sadness that Mr. Romney will not be president, but relief to take a step back from the public eye.