Advisers to former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney are trying to talk the one-time Massachusetts governor into running for president in 2016, The Washington Post reported Monday.
The advisers think their best shot at swaying the data-minded former Bain executive is using data that shows the success of candidates he backed in the midterm elections and his chances of beating Hillary Clinton, the Post reported. Three Republicans also told the paper that those close to Romney believe he is concerned the Republican field isn't strong enough to beat Clinton, and that Romney would consider running if former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) does not.
During a Sunday appearance on "Face The Nation," former President George W. Bush described his brother's chances of running as a "toss-up."
"I'm not running, I'm not planning on running, and I've got nothing new on that story," Romney told Bloomberg last month.
Despite his insistence that he won't run again in 2016, Romney has been unable to dodge speculation that he will run. And in an interview with The New York Times in September, Romney left open the possibility of running.
"We've got a lot of people looking at the race," he told the Times. "We'll see what happens."