He had no desire to . . . run,” said the eldest Romney son, who reportedly badgered Mitt into running with help from his mom, Ann, according to the Globe
. “If he could have found someone else to take his place . . . he would have been ecstatic to step aside. He is a very private person who loves his family deeply and wants to be with them, but he has deep faith in God and he loves his country, but he doesn’t love the attention.”
According to the in depth report published Sunday, Romney was resistant to running because of his 2008 failed bid to capture the GOP nomination and was wary of a second run. The former Massachusetts governor initially told family members he would not run again.
But even with this admission, according to the paper: "To this day, Romney’s aides wonder how it all went so wrong."
The Globe article highlights Tagg Romney's efforts to focus on a list of 12 people whose lives had been helped by his father in ways that were publicly unknown but had been deeply personal and significant, but Stuart Stevens, Romney's strategist, wanted instead to focus on showing how President Barack Obama's economic policies were not working.
“When you come into a job interview, you don’t start showing family pictures,” said Stevens according to the report.
Romney's reluctance to become commander in chief has been hinted at by his sons before. Before their father sought the 2012 GOP nomination, several said they tried to convince him not to run.
"I tried to convince him not to," Matt Romney told
Conan O'Brien in June, according to Yahoo News. "I think there were a few of us that tried that. I just felt for us as a family, this isn't the best thing. But ... for the country, we think it's the right thing."
Ann Romney told ABC in November that if her husband lost the election, he wouldn't run again, the Huffington Post