Ann Romney, the wife of 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, said Thursday that while you never say never, people should not count on a third presidential run for her husband.
She said on election night, the family looked at one other and “we knew it was just done. We had done what we could and we were there and emotionally and mentally, that’s where we still are.”
She said Mr. Romney, who was in New Hampshire on a campaign swing Wednesday, “absolutely” feels the same way.
“You know, you never do say never,” she said on CNN’s “New Day.” “But we’re concerned and we are still going to be involved, but not in that way.”
“At this point in time, that’s where we are mentally,” she said.
Earlier in the week, Mrs. Romney had declared pretty definitively Mr. Romney would not be running again before backing off ever-so-slightly in a separate interview with the Washington Post.
“I think people are probably looking and saying, ‘this is one confident guy, who really is a great leader,’” she said Thursday. “He’s been in so many turnaround situations - he turns around companies; he’s turned around the Olympics, he was a great governor. He has extraordinary leadership abilities, and I think the times call for someone of that capability and I know he would have been a great president.”
“I look what happens internationally and I look what’s happening in Russia - I don’t believe that would be happening if Mitt were there,” she said.
This week, Mrs. Romney, who has MS, also embarked on another endeavor in helping launch a research center for neurological diseases in Boston.