Romney is out

By Tom Quiner

Mitt Romney announced he will not seek the Republican nomination for president.

I like Mr. Romney. Although I never supported him at the Iowa caucuses, I voted for him in the 2012 election. I am glad he has withdrawn from the next campaign, because he is less electable in a national election than some other candidates, which Mr. Romney himself acknowledged.

It is refreshing to hear a candidate put the party ahead of his ego.

Here is an excerpt of his announcement:

“Let me begin by letting you know who else is on this call, besides Ann and me. There are a large number of people who signed on to be leaders of our 2016 finance effort. In addition, state political leadership from several of the early primary states are on the line. And here in New York City, and on the phone, are people who have been helping me think through how to build a new team, as well as supporters from the past who have all been kind enough to volunteer their time during this deliberation stage. Welcome, and thank you. Your loyalty and friendship, and your desire to see the country with new, competent and conservative leadership warms my heart.

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.”

Mr. Romney would have been an excellent CEO for the United States of America. However, we need more than a CEO, we need a conservative visionary. Mr. Romney is not that man.

Thanks for your service to the party, Mr. Romney.


  1. Harlan Bergman on January 30, 2015 at 11:02 am

    I couldn’t agree more. Mr. Romney is a good man, but we have learned that moderates like him and Mr. McCain and Mr. Dole do not win elections.

    • quinersdiner on January 30, 2015 at 11:09 am

      Right. What do you think about Jeb Bush? Do you consider him a moderate?

      • Shawn Pavlik on January 30, 2015 at 1:46 pm

        No question that Bush is a moderate. And he supports Common Core among other things. I’ll vote for him if the choice is him or Hillary, but man, I hope someone other than Bush wins the nomination. Ben Carson and Rand Paul would be my choice of a winning ticket.

      • 49erDweet on January 30, 2015 at 2:01 pm

        Jeb and the pundits pushing him are wasting their time. We won’t go for another dynasty and he’s not relevant to today’s voters. He could technically do the job but fails to interest common folk.

      • 49erDweet on January 30, 2015 at 2:08 pm

        Jeb will be pushed and pushed by the media as the new front runner because he’d be easiest for a crippled Dem party to beat. Media’s worst nightmare would be a Walker or Cruz candidacy. They will SuperPalinize both of them by making up all sorts of stuff in the coming months.

      • Harlan Bergman on January 31, 2015 at 5:37 pm

        The moderate side of him does not bother me as much as certain other moderates. He is pretty consevative on many social and fiscal issues.
        However, my first choice is Ben Carson.

    • 49erDweet on January 30, 2015 at 1:54 pm

      Not in total agreement with your take. Dole, no argument. He failed to appeal to his base. McCain I thought didn’t campaign wisely or with sufficient passion. He “acted” old, fatally to his run it turned out. Romney sorta mailed it in, I thought. I didn’t get the impression he wanted it that badly.

  2. Shawn Pavlik on January 30, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Thank goodness. Although, with Romney AND Bush in the running it may have split the moderate vote. Now, Bush will get it all…. Sometimes I just think libs vote in the caucus and primary to sabotage our chances. Can we knock it off with the Bush’s, Doles, McCains, and nominate a conservative for a change? The last time we did that he won in a landslide, and in re-election, the biggest electoral landslide of all time. (Reagan – Mondale only won one state, his home state of Minnesota, and that only barely)

  3. 49erDweet on January 30, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Voter exodus from the Democrat Party will be mind boggling the next 20 months. Fortunately for them those aren’t their donor base, so no harm done they’ll say. But even my lifelong rabid progressive relatives are embarrassed by their party and going “independent”.

  4. oarubio on January 30, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    I’d like to support another Bush, but not this one due to his support of Common Core. I’m finishing a 5-part series about it, not on my blog, but for another comprised of other conservatives. This is nothing but the educational version of our “wonderful” comprehensive health program with a more devious disguise.

    • quinersdiner on January 30, 2015 at 4:29 pm

      I’m not convinced Jeb is as moderate as some claim. Nonetheless, he’s not my guy for almost every reason stated below. Republicans have a deep pool of talent. The guys I’m watching include Dr. Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, and Scott Walker. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are not my guys. Chris Christie is definitely not my guy. Tony, send me a link to your Common Core piece. I’d like to understand the pros and cons better. Thanks, Tom

      • oarubio on January 30, 2015 at 4:50 pm

        Sure will and thanks. Agree with watching Carson, Rubio (my namesake) and Walker!

      • Shawn Pavlik on February 2, 2015 at 2:11 pm

        I’m hoping for maybe a Scott Walker/Ben Carson, or Rand Paul/Ben Carson ticket. I like Carson in the Veep role, because not sure he has the experience to be top dog.

        • quinersdiner on February 2, 2015 at 2:40 pm

          I’m not as high on Rand Paul as the other guys you mentioned. A Walker/Carson ticket would be dramatic. I am really considering Carson’s experience, and I think he could still be good. Granted, it’s not typical for a politician, but it is impressive.