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Romney Says His Family Still Wants Him to Enter Race

According to Mitt Romney, his family is still hounding him to run for president.

“My wife and kids wanted me to run again this time,” he said during a discussion with John Dickerson at the Aspen Ideas Festival. “I got an email from one of my sons yesterday, saying, ‘You gotta get in, Dad. You gotta get in.’”

The Hill reports:

But the 2012 GOP nominee does not think that he’ll have much success without the full support of his party.

“I don’t think an independent candidate can win,” he said, adding that he’s not comfortable with the idea of rallying supporters around a campaign that’s sole objective is to stop another candidate — in this case, Donald Trump.

Romney, who has run for president twice, also didn’t want to subject his family to the hardships of another campaign.

“It’s hard on family,” he said. “It’s hard on your spouse, sitting there in debates, just agonizing over what you’re gonna say next. Or what your kids have to go through. Or what your grandkids go through.”

In addition to Romney’s family, some Republicans urged the former governor to launch a late campaign as Trump dominated the primaries. And despite his repeated denials of interest in a bid, Romney’s name continues to be mentioned among “Never Trump” conservatives.

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