Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, in the forefront of speculation about the 2012 Republican presidential race, wouldn't go there on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno Wednesday. Romney chose his words carefully and seemed more interested in saying nice things about Sarah Palin than in talking up his own prospects.
"If you ever see me sign up for a gig on Fox News, it'll be a clear indication that I've decided to run for president -- that's not in the cards any time soon," Romney told the comedian.
Palin, of course, is a Fox contributor, and Romney said she has proven to be a "remarkable, energetic, powerful figure in my party -- attractive too." He isn't about to go negative, he said. "That's not going to come from me. Did you see what she did to the halibut the other night on her [reality] show?"
Romney, who lost the 2008 GOP nomination to Sen. John McCain (who subsequently picked then-Alaska Gov. Palin as his running mate), said most of his grandchildren, in "a bit of a family poll," wanted him to seek the White House. That's as far as he would go in indicating his intentions.
In a recent Quinnipiac University poll, Romney ran strongest against President Obama among likely Republican candidates, but Palin was slightly more popular among Republican voters.
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