In a conference call early Friday, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney announced his decision on whether or not to seek the Republican nomination for president of the United States. Â His formal statement as it appears in the Associated Press article:
“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.”
Whatever Romney’s reasoning behind this move, be it dropping out in favor of another candidate, not wanting to put his family through the rigors of a campaign, etc., his exit is seen to primarily benefit former Florida Governor Jeb Bush given that their campaign donors tended to overlap. Â It also narrows the field loaded with former governors, the people running for the office who actually have executive level experience.
The news comes as Hillary Clinton, the presumptive 2016 Democratic nominee, announced recently that she will wait to launch her campaign later in the year.