Officially off the campaign trail, Mitt Romney to speak at IOP

By Noah Goldblatt

Former Massachusetts governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who recently announced he will not mount a third presidential campaign in 2016, will come to the Institute of Politics (IOP) in April, according to IOP Executive Director David Axelrod.

Just one day after Romney announced that he would not pursue the Republican nomination in 2016, Axelrod tweeted on Saturday that Romney will come to the IOP on April 9. “Looking forward to welcoming @MittRomney to @UChiPolitics on 4/9. Tons of interest. Thrilled he’s coming!” he wrote.

In early January, speculation began over whether or not Romney would run again, but the negative response, along with the fundraising and poll strength of potential competitor Jeb Bush, allegedly discouraged Romney from making another attempt. Though Axelrod and Romney are former political adversaries, Axelrod spoke at a retreat hosted by Romney in June 2013 about the epilepsy research foundation, CURE (Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy), founded by Axelrod and his wife. 

The IOP declined to release more details about the event at this time.