“I got an email from one of my sons yesterday saying, ‘You’ve gotta get in, dad, you’ve gotta get in,” Romney said at the Aspen Ideas Festival on Wednesday, according to The Blaze.
Romney, who said his wife and kids had been pressuring him to enter the race, again dismissed the possibility of a run.
“It’s hard on family,” Romney said as part of a question-and-answer period that John Dickerson, CBS News anchor, moderated. “It’s hard on your spouse sitting there in debates agonizing over what you’re going to say next or what your kids go through and your grandkids to go through.”
He added that he did not “think in good conscience” that he could be a winning candidate during this election cycle.
“The door is closed unless both candidates come up to me and say please save them,” Romney said during the session. “I can’t imagine the circumstances that would lead me to be in the race.”
There have been many anti-Trump Republicans pressuring Romney to run as an independent. The dislike for Clinton and Trump are at historic highs and Romney has emerged as the figurehead of the movement of Republicans opposed to Trump’s candidacy.
When asked about Bill Weld who is currently the Libertarian Party nominee for vice president, Romney said that he would be a “great” president but that he currently doesn’t have any plans to endorse the ticket that is being lead by former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson