November 4, 2004


Speculation on Romney deepens: Run in '06, move to D.C. possible (Frank Phillips and Scott S. Greenberger, November 4, 2004, Boston Globe)

Politically damaged from a hard-hitting but failed Republican legislative campaign, Governor Mitt Romney returned to his State House office yesterday amid fresh speculation over his future, both here and nationally, and early signs that high-profile Democrats were testing the waters to challenge his reelection in 2006.

His unsuccessful effort to win GOP seats in the Legislature fueled questions yesterday over Romney's future plans, forcing him to disavow any interest in a post in President Bush's administration. But Romney also left the door slightly ajar for a second term, stopping short of committing to a run for reelection.

"I made it clear very early on . . . that I'm here all four years and hopefully reelected after that," Romney told reporters in his Beacon Hill office. "I will not change my commitment.

"My expectation is that we'll be running for reelection, but I don't have any final word on that," Romney said. "The time will come for that."

Many political leaders, both Republicans and Democrats, feel strongly that he will not run for governor again.

It's forgotten now, but Mr. Romney would have ridden Ted Kennedy out of Washington in the GOP sweep of '94 had not the Senator run one of the most negative and dishonest campaigns of modern history. If Mr. Romney were to take him out in '06 he'd be the leading contender for president in '08, even if Rudy beats Hillary.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 4, 2004 10:50 AM

Is he a Mormon?

Would evangelicals like that?

Posted by: M Ali Choudhury at November 4, 2004 12:33 PM

Romney has no legs. He can't beat a serious opponent and Teddy is certainly that.

Posted by: Bart at November 4, 2004 12:37 PM


Mormons and Jews and Catholics are all us now.

Posted by: oj at November 4, 2004 12:44 PM

He may be a Mormon, but I understand he is pro-choice. Anyone else have confirmation on that?

If that's true, I think it kills his chances.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at November 4, 2004 7:19 PM

Romney can't win a federal office from Massachusetts - he can win governor as balance against the corrupt Dem machine, but the voters here want lefties in Washington to balance the GOP.

And he can't compare to Rudy.

Posted by: pj at November 4, 2004 7:46 PM

Joseph Liebermann is Jewish. His being a Jew was not an issue in the 2000 election. His faithfulness to the teachings of Judaism was an asset not a liability. Mitt Romney's dad was governor of Michigan back in the 60's. His being Mormon was not an issue, not even when he ran for President in 1968. No, Mitt Romney's faith would not make him unacceptable to evangelical Christians (except to the most radical, fundamentalist ones).

I hope Romney runs for, and wins a 2nd term as Mass. Governor. He might also make a good GOP Vice Presidential candidate in 2008.

Posted by: Dave W. at November 4, 2004 10:40 PM