Ann Romney: 2016 is a ‘no’ — but ‘we’ll have to see what happens’

Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee and now the tacit head of the Republican Party, earlier this week visited Iowa as part of a feverish nationwide tour designed to help the GOP take control of the Senate. He has insisted that he is not interested in running for president a third time, but friends said a flurry of behind-the-scenes activity is nudging him to more seriously consider it.

“It’s the market pulling him,” said Kent Lucken, a longtime friend and adviser who accompanied Romney to Iowa. “People look at Hillary as the likely Democratic nominee, and the party needs a strong leader who can stand up to her and who’s been through the process.”

During the Christmas holidays in 2006 and 2010, Mitt and Ann Romney gathered family members together to make a final decision about a presidential run. The former huddle was held in Utah, the latter in Hawaii. Both times, attendees sat and debated the pros and cons, and ultimately endorsed the idea.