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Mitt Romney says he is ‘not going to run for president’ in 2024 after being floated as Manchin VP pick

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) has said he has no plans to run for president or vice president in 2024.

Romney’s comments come as Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin (D-Va.) will choose either Romney or former Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman as his running mate if he jumps into the 2024 presidential race. The decision was made after the government announced that it would be chosen by the government.

“If I were to pick a running mate, who would I really ask right now, Mitt Romney?” Manchin, who has left the door open to a third-party presidential bid, said Thursday in Cleveland. He told voters at a breakfast forum at the City Club. . But Manchin added: “I’m not running for anything.”

Romney, a former Massachusetts governor who ran for the White House in 2008 and 2012, shot down the rumors and said he “definitely” would not run for vice president.

Joe Manchin flirts with third-party ticket, hints at Romney and Rob Portman as potential running mates

Mitt asks questions to Administrator Shalanda D. Young during a Senate Budget Committee hearing entitled “The President’s Fiscal Year 2024 Budget Proposal” in the Dirksen Building in Washington, DC, on March 15, 2023. Senator Romney (R-Utah).

Asked about Manchin’s comments in a statement to the Deseret News, Romney joked, “Well, that’s really presumptuous. I would be president. He would be my running mate.” .

Manchin says he can “absolutely” consider himself president, thinks Biden’s health or Trump conviction could pave the way

“No, I’m not running for president,” he added. “Certainly, I’m not running for vice president, but (Manchin) is kind enough to say that. We’re good friends.”

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-Va., R) and Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah. (Javin Botsford)

After months of flirting with a third-party bid for the White House, Manchin announced Friday that he will not run for president.

“I have no intention of running as a third-party candidate and I will not be involved in the presidential race,” Manchin said in a speech in West Virginia.

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Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, was rumored to be considering a third run for the White House after deciding not to seek re-election to the Senate in 2024. .

Romney also added that he would “not vote” if former President Trump were the Republican nominee in 2024.

FOX News’ Jamie Joseph contributed to this report.

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