After making moves that indicated he might run for President for a third time, Mitt Romney announced today that he is opting against another presidential bid.
In a conference call with supporters this morning (text), Romney said, "After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I've decided it is best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee."
Toward the end of Romney's statement, he said "I've been asked, and will certainly be asked again if there are any circumstances whatsoever that might develop that could change my mind. That seems unlikely."
CNN correspondent Jake Tapper, one of the few true journalists in the mainstream media, thinks there is some ambivalence in Romney's remarks that might leave open the possibility of a late entry into the race, if Romney isn't satisfied with the GOP field.
I, for one, hope Romney stays out. 'Third time's the charm!' doesn't seem like it should be the GOP motto in 2016 -- and that goes for Jeb Bush, as well.