Romney 2016: Why It May Make Sense For Him To Run Again

The latest bit of intel from Wall Street suggests that Mitt Romney really is thinking of running for president again.

A piece in Business Insider, headlined “Romney’s inner circle is convinced he’s running,” describes the Republican Party’s 2012 nominee meeting with donors in New York earlier this week “to lay the groundwork for a 2016 White House bid.”

Romney representatives have been mum on the meetings. But a “senior Republican who has met with Romney” tells Politico’s Ben White that his pitch to Wall Street donors went like this: "He tells people not to commit to a candidate that is not their first choice and that they aren't excited about. He does not think much of the current field and does not think it is jelling. He still views himself as the leader of the establishment wing of the Republican Party.”

Now, after two terms of Mr. Obama, 2016 should – in theory – be the Republicans’ turn to capture the White House. There are no guarantees, but the playing field should be more hospitable to the GOP than it was in 2008 and 2012.

Romney is “keeping his options open,” says Republican strategist Ford O’Connell.

“He’s positioning himself as the fallback guy,” Mr. O’Connell says.

Read more from Linda Feldmann at The Christian Science Monitor

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