Mitt Romney took a swipe at President Obama Tuesday while attending a midterm election rally, saying the results of the president’s decisions have been ‘more severe than even I would have predicted’. Despite a warm reception at the rally, which took place in West Virginia, the former governor reportedly insisted he would not run for president again in 2016 when asked by attendees, including other Republican politicians and party donors. Barack Obama defeated the Massachusetts Republican by four points in 2012, taking 332 electoral votes to Romney’s 206.
A new YouGov poll finds that there is little appetite for another Romney presidential campaign.
The majority (53%) of Americans say they do not want Mitt Romney to run for president in 2016. This includes the majority of Democrats (68%) and independents (52%) who oppose another run by Romney, who also ran and lost the race for the Republican nomination to John McCain in 2008. Republicans are more divided: a third (32%) want him to run again and a third (34%). The rest are unsure.