Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee for president, said Sunday that he was glad that he wasn’t running in the 2016 race.
Romney made an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“I can’t imagine running right now. And I’m glad I’m not in the race,” Romney said on the morning news program. “A lot of people are battling their way ahead. I think the American people wanted to see a new face. That’s a good thing. And I can’t imagine how I would be doing on that particular stage, but I salute them for their willingness to get in and fight for the things they believe in.”
Romney mentioned that there were a number of GOP hopefuls in the race who have “positive attributes” including Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina.
When asked for his thoughts on retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Romney called him a “very gentle and sweet soul who speaks his mind.”