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New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio Is Unsure About Mitt Romney's 2016 Prospects

If he’s looking for an endorsement, possible 2016 presidential candidate Mitt Romney should probably leave New York Mayor Bill de Blasio off his call list.

The New York Observer reports that when asked about the prospect of a third Romney candidacy, the mayor laughed and replied, “I don’t know if three times is the charm.”

While de Blasio’s approval rating remains very low among Republicans, the mayor may have found some common ground with conservatives who question Romney’s presidential prospects.

At a Heritage Foundation event over the weekend, several Republican advisers and strategists voiced their disapproval of a third Romney campaign due to doubts about the former Massachusetts governor’s personal connection with voters and the strength of his donor network. The New York Times also reports hesitation among many former Romney staffers and supporters who are already leaning toward former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Perhaps most troubling of all, Romney has even lost the support of the guy with a Romney 2012 face tattoo.

Went To See A 'Twilight' Movie
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Days after losing the election to Obama, Romney and his wife, Ann, went to the movies in Del Mar, California, where they went to see a "Twilight" movie, according to TMZ.
Pumped His Own Gas
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In late November 2012, a Reddit user posted a photo of Romney pumping his own gas, looking "tired and washed up."
Went To Disneyland
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Romney and his family visited Disneyland in late November 2012. For a roundup of photos from his day at the park, visit BuzzFeed.
Ate Boston Market
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According to a Washington Post profile from December 2012, the Romneys ate Boston Market for Thanksgiving "because there were too many kids running around the house to bother with cooking a feast."
Rejoined Board Of Directors At Marriott International
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Less than one month after losing the election to Obama, Romney rejoined the board of directors at Marriott International for a third time.
Shopped At Costco
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TMZ reported in December 2012 that Romney picked up paper plates, dixie cups, juice drinks and a model car at the store, among other things.
Sat Ringside At A Fight
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The Romneys sat ringside at a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, in December 2012.
Took On A New Role At Solamere Capital
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In March 2013, Romney took on the role of chairman of the executive committee of Solamere Capital, an investment firm started by his son Tagg in 2008.
Got 'B-List Treatment' At CPAC
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Romney spoke at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in March 2013. Politico reported that many attendees of the conference weren't impressed. “He’s kind of last year. I’m ready for some new blood,” said one attendee, while another said Romney is "getting kind of old now."
Partied With Meghan McCain
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Romney gathered with the McCain family and others to celebrate the wedding of Sen. John McCain's son Jack in June 2013.
Swapped His Mustang For A 15-Passenger Van
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In June 2013, Romney traded in his Mustang convertible for a 15-passenger Ford Econoline van.
Campaigned For Republicans
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Romney didn't completely shy away from politics. Starting in August 2013, Romney made many appearances with GOP candidates ahead of the 2014 midterm elections, including now-Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and now-Congressman Joe Heck (R-Nev.).
Warned Republicans Against Shutdown Threats
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In August 2013, he warned Republicans not to make threats to shut down the government. They didn't listen.
Went Fishing
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The Ketchikan Daily News reported in August 2013 that Romney was trying to catch some trout in southeast Alaska.
Welcomed His 22nd Grandchild
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Romney welcomed his 22nd grandchild, Kieran James Romney, in September 2013.
Bought An $8.9 Million Home
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While waiting for approval to build a separate mansion in La Jolla, California, Romney purchased a home in Park City, Utah, in October 2013. The home, which was listed for $8.9 million, features six bedrooms and eight bathrooms in over 8,700 square feet, according to Forbes.
Got Approval To Build A New Home
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The California Coastal Commission voted in October 2013 to allow the Romneys to move forward with plans to raze their beachfront home in La Jolla and replace it with a new 11,000-square-foot mansion. Romney's plans for construction included a four-car garage with an elevator for his vehicles.
Tailgated At Ole Miss
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Both Romney and then-Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) tailgated at the University of Mississippi before a game against Texas A&M in October 2013.
Did A Hoedown
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Romney demonstrated his dance skills in January 2014 by doing a hoedown onstage at an event for young Mormons.
Slow Jammed The News
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Romney slow jammed the news with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots on NBC's "The Tonight Show" in January 2014.
Flew With Zach Braff
Twitter: @zachbraff
"Scrubs" actor Zach Braff documented a run-in with Romney on Twitter in January 2014. The two were "seat mates" on a flight from New York to Utah.
Complained About The Olympics
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In February 2014, Romney -- who ran the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah -- complained about the amount of money Russia spent on the winter Olympics. "You don't need to spend $50 billion, as Russia has, or as China did, to put on Olympic sport. Olympic sport can be demonstrated at $2 [billion] or $3 billion," Romney said. "And all that extra money could be used to do some very important things, in terms of fighting poverty and fighting disease around the world."
Bumped Into Paul Ryan At The Airport
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In March 2014, Romney crossed paths with his former running mate at the airport.
Took A Trip Through The American West
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In a July 2014 blog post for Medium, Romney detailed a vacation he took with his wife, Ann, and five of the couple's 22 grandchildren. "We visited Goblin Valley, Spooky Gulch, Peekaboo Slot Canyon, Capitol Reef National Park, Bryce National Park, Zion National Park, Lake Powell, Rainbow Arch, Grand Canyon, and the four falls in the Havasupai Reservation," Romney wrote. "All totaled, we hiked over 50 miles: quite a feat for the young -- and for Ann and me."
Attended An NFL Game
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Romney attended the New York Jets vs. Miami Dolphins game at MetLife Stadium on Dec. 1, 2014, in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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