Romney Tells Donors He Is Considering 2016 White House Bid

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from The Wall Street Journal,

Former Massachusetts Governor and 2012 Nominee Didn’t Give Timetable for Decision.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney told a group of donors on Friday that he is considering a White House bid in 2016, a move that could scramble the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

The remarks confirm months of speculation that the GOP’s nominee from 2012, who was also a top 2008 contender, is seriously weighing a third White House bid.

Mr. Romney’s comments to donors at a meeting in New York City came at a provocative moment—just as other Republicans are taking concrete steps to pursue the nomination. Many top GOP donors have started to rally behind former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, setting up a potential clash between the party’s last standard-bearer and the most storied family in Republican politics.

Messrs. Romney and Bush, should they both run, would contend for many of the same donors who favor pro-business candidates from the party’s establishment wing.

Despite opening the door to another bid, Mr. Romney, 67 years old, is still considering his options, confidants say. At Friday’s meeting, he didn’t give a timetable for when he would make a final decision, but pointed to some reasons for another run, citing unrest overseas and concerns about the long-term health of the economy.

The gathering was held at the Manhattan offices of New York Jets owner Woody Johnson and included about 30 of the biggest donors to Mr. Romney’s past campaigns, people present said.

The meeting was organized by longtime Romney fundraiser Spencer Zwick, who attended the session. Mr. Romney spent much of the meeting discussing the 2014 midterm-election results and thanking those present for their help financing GOP campaigns last year.

At one point, an attendee asked whether the former Massachusetts governor was going to run for president, and he said he was “seriously considering” another campaign, according to a person present.

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