- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has insisted that he will not run for president again in 2016 but admitted in an interview Tuesday that “circumstances can change.”

“Circumstances can change, but I’m just not going to let my head go there,” Mr. Romney said during an interview on the nationally syndicated radio program “The Hugh Hewitt Show.”

Mr. Romney, who ran unsuccessfully in 2012 as the GOP presidential nominee, said there was a one in a million chance that he would run again, referencing a line from the Jim Carrey film “Dumb and Dumber.”

“So you’re telling me I have a chance. Yes, one out of a million,” he joked.

Mr. Romney said he’s not planning to run this election because he is not the best candidate to beat former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the likely front-runner for Democrats’ nomination.

“I actually believe that someone new, someone not defined yet, someone who perhaps is from the next generation, will be able to catch fire potentially, build a movement and be able to beat Hillary Clinton,” Mr. Romney said. “If I thought that weren’t the case, then I would be running.”

• Kellan Howell can be reached at khowell@washingtontimes.com.

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