Mitt Romney announces a possible 2016 run for the presidential bid. According to reports by the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee has confirmed to donors that he is indeed contemplating a third attempt at becoming the nation’s next commander-in-chief.

The move comes as somewhat of a surprise considering that he has previously said flat out that he wasn’t going to run for a third time. Back in October, he said in interviews that he had no intentions to run again, though Ann Romeny did say during a USA Today interview that her husband hadn’t completely ruled out a third campaign.

A Romney representative also said that Romney has made no final decisions as of yet, but is seriously contemplating it due to the state of the nation’s economy and unrest overseas.

In a previous interview in January 2014, when asked by the New York Times if he would run for 2016, Mitt Romney gave the following simple answer:

“Oh, no, no, no. No, no, no, no, no. No, no, no.”

That’s a total of 11 “no’s” in a single sentence. That’s a lot of “no’s” to take back, though that appears to be exactly what Romney is doing. Given that the man does have a reputation as being a flip flopper, the sudden about-face perhaps shouldn’t be that big of a surprise after all.

Should Mitt Romney confirm his 2016 run, he won’t be without stiff competition, though. It is almost for certain that Jeb Bush is going to be running, and there are also hints that Mike Huckabee will be making his second attempt. For those that remember the 2008 GOP primaries, there was not a whole lot of love lost between Romney and Huckabee. Other potential republican candidates include Tea Party favorite Ted Cruz, Romney’s 2012 vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, libertarian Rand Paul, and author and retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson.

[photo credit: PBS NewsHour]