governor Mitt Romney, who's spent the past several
months addressing Republican loyalists in political hot
spots around the country, acknowledged Tuesday what's
been obvious for the past several months: He's
considering a presidential run. "If someone said, 'Well,
you know, the governor's testing the national waters,'
that's a fair characterization," Romney said. "But I'm
planning on running for governor. Time will tell; I'll
make a final decision and an announcement in the fall,
and we'll go from there."
Romney, a former venture capitalist who headed
the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, won that
year's race for governor in Massachusetts. He's
recently spent time in South Carolina, Michigan, and
California to address Republicans. In those addresses
he cast himself as a social conservative on such
issues as same-sex marriage and stem cell research.
Last weekend he traveled to the Republican stronghold of
California's Orange County.
In February it was revealed that a political
action committee established by friends and supporters
of Romney had distributed more than $250,000 to
Republican candidates and county GOP organizations across
the nation, a strategy often used by candidates
considering a run for president. Romney's first term
for governor ends in 2006. In December, Romney pledged
to run for reelection, but he's gradually backed away from
On Tuesday, Romney reiterated that he would wait
until fall to make a final decision about a reelection
bid. "I'm out speaking across the country.... I'm
seeing what it's like in the rest of the nation, but
nothing's changed," he said. "My job keeps me here." (AP)