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Ann Romney: Jeb Bush Didn't Push Mitt Out Of 2016 Race

"It was a personal decision," she said.
Ann Romney said her husband's decision not to compete for the White House in 2016 was not to pave the way for Jeb Bush.
Ann Romney said her husband's decision not to compete for the White House in 2016 was not to pave the way for Jeb Bush.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney didn't drop out of the 2016 presidential race to get out of Jeb Bush's way, Ann Romney said in an interview scheduled to air Friday on Sirius XM.

Romney said she and her husband were simply following their instincts when they decided to abandon his third attempt at the presidency. 

“We thought about it for 20 seconds, put our toe in and then quickly withdrew,” she said. "It was really -- it just didn’t feel right.”

She added that her family didn't regret the decision. "It had nothing to do with anyone else talking to us about what was going on. It was a personal decision," she said.

Romney dismissed the suggestion that Bush's jumping into the GOP presidential fray and supposedly siphoning support from her husband’s top donors affected the decision to drop out. 

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