Possible Romney wasn't in it to win it
BOSTON (WHDH) -- He campaigned hard for the presidency, but on Sunday, a shocking revelation from one of his sons that Mitt Romney really didn't want the nation's top job. At least not initially.
Did Mitt Romney's concession speech come with some relief as well as disappointment?
The candidate’s eldest son is raising eyebrows about his dad's initial reluctance to make a second bid for the white house.
In Sunday’s Boston Globe, Tagg Romney is quoted as saying his father: "...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."
Boston globe reporter Michael Kranish interviewed Tagg Romney.
“There were very serious discussions and concerns at the time before he decided to run and he looked at the field of competition and saw it was pretty weak and- and his family just pushed him to say that he would be the best person given the way the field has taken shape,” said Kranish.
“Romney was definitely stunned after he lost in 2008, but he very quickly came back and wrote a book about his personal politics and started funding other Republican candidates through his PAC and those are just not things you do if you're not considering running another time.”
There is speculation it was his family, specifically, wife, Ann who convinced him to run.
“I was the first one to say this time. You have to do this again. Yes, we were going to. It was going to be painful. Yes, it was going to be hard. Yes, we might fail. But we had to go forward,” said Ann Romney.
A grueling election and what may have been a bittersweet loss.
The interview is in Sunday’s Boston Globe as part of an article analyzing the former governor's loss.