Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney concedes defeat to President Barack Obama Nov. 7, 2012 in Boston, Mass.
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Romney: ‘I’m not running’ for president in 2016

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Mitt Romney will not run for president in 2016.

Romney, who was a Republican candidate in the 2008 election and the 2012 nominee, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday it’s now time for someone else to lead a campaign.

The former Massachusetts governor also told the TODAY Show during an interview last month that he had no plans to run for president again. But he did argue that other candidates could defeat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton if she chooses to run.

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Romney: 'I'm not running' for president in 2016

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