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Romney still hasn’t decided on a White House run … right?

February 1, 2011

USA-POLITICS/ROMNEYMitt Romney hasn’t decided whether to run for president. But of course that doesn’t mean he’s not.

Romney, who unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination in 2008, tells ABC’s Good Morning America that a formal decision about a possible White House run is still “down the road.”

“I’m not a candidate. I’m just having fun,” is the former Massachusetts governor’s laughing explanation about why he wasn’t wearing a necktie on national TV.

What he’s having fun doing, he didn’t say. But Romney may be having a blast just raising money.  He’s leadingUSA-POLITICS/MCCAIN the pack of Republican White House hopefuls by collecting $4.7 million in 2010 through his federal political action committee. Sarah Palin comes next at $3.6 million, followed by Tim Pawlenty at $2.1 million and Mike Huckabee at just under the $1 million mark.

Then there’s his state-based fundraising  that allows donors (and candidates) to avoid federal restrictions on campaign contributions. State-level activity brought his 2010 fundraising total to more than $6 million.

He’s also been out in front on much of the polling and dominated a New Hampshire Republican poll earlier this month.

And Romney’s ever ready to take on the president, telling ABC that Obama should “press the pause button” on healthcare reform in view of a federal judge’s ruling to strike down the landmark law and efforts to repeal it on Capitol Hill.

AUSTRIA/On international affairs, here’s how he walked the proverbial fine line on what to do about Egypt:  ”There ought to be a transition that you, Mr. Mubarak, or someone else leads, to the voices of democracy on the street.”

So Mubarak either should or shouldn’t go. Very presidential candidate-like.  

Anyone still think he’s not running? Raise your hand. 

Reuters Photo Credits: Larry Downing (Romney); John Gress (2008 Campaign); Heinz-Peter Bader (Egyptian Protesters in Vienna)

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