Ann Romney: 'We made the right decision' to skip 2016 race

Don’t expect Mitt Romney to rescue a fractious Republican Party.

The former Massachusetts governor and 2012 GOP presidential nominee has no regrets about skipping a third run for the White House, even after witnessing the chaotic turns that have landed outsiders Donald Trump and Ben Carson atop the GOP field, his wife, Ann Romney, said Monday in an interview at POLITICO headquarters.

“We thought about it for 20 seconds, put our toe in and then quickly withdrew,” she said. “It was really — it just didn’t feel right.”

“People say, ‘well the Bush people pushed you out,’ and all that,” she said, referring to suggestions that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s backers elbowed Romney out of the race in January of this year. “It’s just not true. I mean, if anything, that would’ve made us fight harder. That’s just not true. We together just came to the conclusion that it just wasn’t — the timing wasn’t right.”