Why Did Romney Not Run in 2006?
3:48 PM, Jan 8, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
“Well, if his record was so great as governor of Massachusetts why didn't he run for reelection?” Santorum asked. “I mean if you didn't want to even stand before the people of Massachusetts and run on your record--if it was that great, why did you bail out?”
Later in the day, as he left a rally at the Rochester Opera House, I asked Romney why he didn’t run for reelection in 2006 and if he had been concerned about winning reelection in a tough environment.
“I gave you the answer in the debate,” Romney said, before a staff member told me he wouldn’t be taking any more questions.
So what exactly did Romney say in the debate? Here was his response to Santorum’s question:
Had Romney accomplished the majority of the “100 things [he] wanted to do” in office, or enough of them to be satisfied? Had he decided, at that point, to run for president in 2008 and that the best way to do that would be outside the governor’s mansion in Boston? Or had Romney looked at the poll numbers, which were declining throughout the second half of his term (he was spending a lot of time in Iowa and New Hampshire around then), and concluded that he couldn’t win reelection against a popular Democrat? The answers are not clear.
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