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Book: Romney ran out of 'obligation'

| Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 7:27 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney was a reluctant presidential candidate in 2012 — at least at first.

In a soon-to-be-released book by Dan Balz of The Washington Post, Romney was one of 10 members of his family who voted against making a second White House bid. USA Today received a copy of “Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and The Future of Elections in America” in the mail from the publisher.

Romney, a former Massachusetts governor who became his party's unsuccessful 2012 presidential nominee, ultimately decided to challenge President Obama. He said in the book that he believed the rest of the Republican field couldn't beat the Democratic incumbent and lacked the “experience and perspective to lead the country.”

“I knew how grueling the process was, and I felt that there may be others who could be more effective in actually winning and then getting America on course,” Romney said in “Collision 2012,” which will go on sale on Aug. 6. “I got into this out of a sense of obligation to the things I believed in and love for the country but not because it was something I desperately wanted so that I could feel better about myself.”

As the book by Balz describes, Romney and his family were vacationing in Hawaii during the 2010 Christmas holidays when they were tossing around the idea of him running again. A vote among 12 Romney family members was taken: Only Ann Romney, his wife, and Tagg Romney, the eldest son, voted “yes” on another presidential bid. Mitt Romney was among the 10 who voted “no.”

Mitt Romney's reluctance about a race lingered for months after the family vote in Hawaii, Tagg Romney explained.

“Even up until the day before he made the announcement, he was looking for excuses to get out of it,” Tagg Romney is quoted as saying in “Collision 2012.”

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