Mitt Romney wants back into the national conversation.
Despite his presidential loss last year, Romney plans to make his presence known during the 2014 midterm elections.
The former Massachusetts governor –who has largely remained out of the public spotlight since losing to Barack Obama – told the Wall Street Journal that he wants to help as the GOP attempts to take control of the Senate and keep their majority in the House next year.
Of course, soon after his loss, members from his own party sought to distance themselves from the candidate – especially after he argued Obama won because he gave “gifts” to African-American, Latino and young voters – and as the Republican National Committee sought to rebrand its party as one of inclusion.
Citing his “disappointment” with Obama, Romney told the Journal that he’ll begin his foray back into public life by holding a three-day economic summit in Park City, Utah next week. The event will gather 200 luminaries from politics and the private sector to “exchange views and update our thinking about where the world is headed and what the national agenda ought to be.” Among the speakers are three potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates, including Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
He also talked about the possibility of writing a book and opinion pieces and is planning on stumping for 2014 candidates. He acknowledged to the newspaper, however, that he’s wary of over-participation. “I’m not going to be bothering the airwaves with a constant series of speeches,” said Romney.
Meanwhile, wife Ann Romney, is also making herself more public. She appeared on CBS This Morning on Thursday – her first solo interview since her husband’s loss. Ann insisted she had “no regrets” about her husband’s race and revealed she’d like to see Ryan, her spouse’s former running mate, as the 2016 Republican presidential nominee.
“Mitt and I are always very, very partial to Paul Ryan,” adding but “we don’t even know if he’s going to run.”