And now, at the New York Times, "Mitt Romney Shuts Door on Vying for 2016 G.O.P. Nomination":
Mitt Romney put to rest speculation on Friday that he would be open to rescuing the Republican Party by wresting the presidential nomination away from Donald J. Trump at the convention this summer.I don't believe this for a second. I expect Romney would jump at the chance, in a heartbeat, to be a party savior at the convention.
At his speech in Utah on Thursday, Mr. Romney tore down Mr. Trump but did not endorse another candidate. Some took that to mean he was hoping that none of the contenders would gather the delegates needed to be the nominee, leaving open the possibility that he could run for president.
But Mr. Romney said on Friday that he has no plans ride in on a white horse to be the party’s savior.
“The people who can save this party are Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio or John Kasich,” Mr. Romney said in an interview in New York with NBC’s “Today” show.
The former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee said that he anticipated that one of those three would emerge as an alternative to Mr. Trump in the next couple of weeks and that he would support that person.
Mr. Romney’s remarks about Mr. Trump came up during the Republican debate in Detroit on Thursday night, as Mr. Trump was repeatedly asked to address the criticism. He responded forcefully, calling Mr. Romney “a failed candidate” who “wants to be back in the game.”
But Mr. Romney, who was defeated by President Obama in 2012, insisted the game of presidential politics was over for him.
“There are no circumstances I can foresee where that would possibly happen,” Mr. Romney said of a last-minute run this year. “No reasonable scenario I can imagine.”
More, via Memeorandum, "Mitt Romney on TODAY Show: I'll do everything within ‘political bounds’ to stop Donald Trump."