(BOSTON) — Was former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney’s heart really into becoming president?
According to his son Tagg Romney, in a story published in Saturday’s Boston Globe, Mitt Romney “wanted to be president less than anyone I’ve met in my life. He had no desire to…run. If he could have found someone else to take his place…he would have been ecstatic to step aside.”
The oldest Romney son said his father is a “private person” who wanted to help put the country back on its feet, but hated the limelight that came with presidential politics.
Tagg Romney told the newspaper that he and his mother Ann had to convince Mitt Romney to run for the presidency.
Since his November defeat, Romney’s November loss to President Obama has been attributed to many things including a huge turnout of minority voters, a decline in white male voters, a boost in Obama’s approval rating, Romney’s 47 percent comment. But Romney’s desire had never been questioned.
Between the 2008 and 2012 primaries, the Massachusetts governor spent almost $95 million of his own cash just to win the Republican nomination. And this year’s run was the second attempt by Romney to win the White House.
Now that the election is over Romney has gone private again. His Nov. 29 White House lunch with Obama was his only public appearance in Washington since the election.
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