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Jan 30, 2015 9:07 AM

Paul Steinhauser: Romney today to spell out 2016 thinking

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CONCORD - What will Mitt Romney say?

NH1 has confirmed that Romney will speak Friday morning on a conference call with top aides, donors, and other supporters. The 2012 GOP presidential nominee and former Massachusetts governor is expected to give a clearer signal on whether he will indeed launch a third campaign for the White House, according to sources close to Romney.

The call, which was first reported by Bloomberg Politics and the Los Angeles times late Thursday evening, is scheduled to start at 11am ET. While Romney's not expected to make any formal announcement on the call, sources say if he is running, he'll make it obvious to those listening in to his conversation.

It was three weeks ago today that Romney, at a gathering in New York City, told a group of supporters and donors that he was seriously thinking of running for the White House again. A week later he gave a campaign-style speech to top GOP officials who were gathered in San Diego for the Republican National Committee's annual winter meeting. Wednesday, Romney sounded very much like a candidate as he criticized President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who's all but certain to run again for the Democratic nomination, at a speech at Mississippi State University.

But there's been skepticism and push back against Romney from some quarters of the GOP, with may critical of his trail balloon.

And Romney faces increased competition for Republican donors and campaign strategists from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who are both taking concrete steps towards launching presidential campaigns. Thursday we learned that Romney's top political adviser in Iowa for his 2008 and 2012 presidential runs, David Kochel, will serve as national campaign manager for Bush if Bush officially throws his hat into the presidential ring.


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