In a strange statement given on a conference call to supporters, 2012 GOP standard-bearer Mitt Romney announced he would not be a candidate for President right now, but left the door open for changing his mind later in the campaign.
The conference call was scheduled just hours after Romney lost one of his most trusted political advisers, David Kochel, who announced on Thursday that he was joining the Jeb Bush campaign.
Romney began the call by announcing his belief that he could win the nomination and that he had a 2 to 1 lead over the second-ranked candidate in the latest poll. He continued by saying that he “would have the best chance of beating the eventual Democratic nominee but that’s before the other contenders have had the opportunity to take their message to the voters.”
While saying he is not going to form a PAC or hiring any staffers Romney didn’t eliminate the possibility that he would change his mind. “I’ve been asked and will certainly be asked again if there are any circumstances whatsoever that might develop that could change my mind. That seems unlikely.” “Unlikely” does not mean never, and in political-speak it means “maybe.”