Three weeks of deliberations led him to conclude that, while he might win the GOP nomination, he might be so badly wounded in the process that he would have trouble against Hillary Clinton in a general election.
The Republican told supporters in a call that he would not run for president a third time, saying the campaign would have been a “difficult test and a hard fight.”
According to an e-mail he sent to his political network on Thursday night.
Iowa-based David Kochel will be a senior strategist for Bush’s PAC.
During a speech, Romney made clear that a potential 2016 bid would focus on foreign affairs and poverty.
On Wednesday, a blast from campaigns past.
The event is designed to esigned to formally kick off the 2016 presidential campaign.
The move will put Shields at the center of policy debates on Capitol Hill, where Republicans now control both chambers, and of congressional campaigns in the 2016 presidential election year, when the GOP is expected to struggle to defend all of its House seats.
If Mitt Romney chooses to run for president again, he is determined to rebrand himself as authentic. And central to that mission is making public what he has kept private.
In his first major campaign speech, the ex-Florida governor was critical of the president and Congress.