2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said that there was only a “one of a million” chance that he would run for president in 2016, but left the door open to running as for vice president if he was asked.
When he was asked on Tuesday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show,” “If whoever got the nominee, if it turned out you didn’t run again and they came to you and said we think you’d make the perfect vice presidential candidate … would you do it?” Romney responded “I would always be happy to serve my country in any way that I was called upon to do. But that’s not a job I would seek. I was seeking the presidency, not the vice presidency.”
Romney added that he would only run for president if “all the guys that were running all came together and said hey, we’ve decided we can’t do it, you must do it. That’s the one of the million we’re thinking about.”
The former Massachusetts governor also sang the praises of his former running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), saying “I have the greatest admiration for Paul. He’s a brilliant guy, and at the same time, very much down to earth. I mean, he understands America from its grassroots, and he understands how Congress works. He is one of the rare people who knows how to work across the aisle. He’s also one of the rare people who works on our side of the aisle effectively.”
Romney also mentioned Ryan, Govs. Scott Walker (R-WI), Bobby Jindal (R-LA), Chris Christie (R-NJ), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) as “people who I think have the potential to really ignite interest in our party and potentially win the general.”
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