Another early candidate for 2008
Massachusetts Republican acknowledges he's exploring
run for president
BOSTON Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney says he's
considering a run for the presidency in 2008.
The Republican says it's a fair characterization to
say he's "testing the national waters." He adds he'll
make a final decision this fall.
In December, Romney pledged to run for re-election _
his first term for governor ends in 2006 _ but he's
gradually backed away from that commitment. He has
recently spent time in South Carolina, Michigan and
California talking to Republicans. In those speeches,
he has cast himself as a social conservative on issues
like same-sex marriage and embryonic stem-cell
Romney is a former venture capitalist who headed up
the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.