Mitt Romney: My son emailed me yesterday telling me to run for president

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With just 131 days until Election Day, Mitt Romney's family is still urging him to run for president.

In a speech at the Aspen Ideas Festival, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee said that his wife and kids were concerned about how the Republican nominating contest played out, and urged him late in the primary to mount his own bid.

"I got an email from one of my sons yesterday saying, 'You've gotta get in, Dad, you've gotta get in," Romney told moderator John Dickerson.

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**FILE** Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at a rally on the steps of the Statehouse in Boston, in this Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006 file photo, Romney's political record is relatively brief - four years as Massachusetts governor and two statewide campaigns - but that's enough for Brian Camenker to write a 28-page report that portrays Romney as sympathetic to gay rights and sexual behavior that clashes with his burnished image as a defender of traditional values. (AP Photo/Chitose Suzuki, File)
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney shakes hands with first graders from Mead Hall Episcopal School during a campaign swing through South Carolina as he stops to be the Keynote speaker at a Rotary club meeting Monday, Jan. 29, 2007, in Aiken, S.C. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)
Republican Mitt Romney meets with the media after addressing the Detroit Economic Club in Detroit, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007. Romney used the first major policy speech of his fledgling presidential campaign to promote permanent tax cuts, portable health insurance and free and open markets. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney signs a poster for Alex Stroman, of Chester, S.C. Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007, at Seawell's in Columbia, S.C. Romney visited South Carolina as part of his official campaign kickoff tour following his announcement Tuesday that he's seeking the Republican presidential nomination. (AP Photo/Perry Baker)
Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney holds one his granddaughter, Mia, 2, after speaking in Columbia, S.C. Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007, as part of his official campaign kickoff tour. Romney visited South Carolina following his announcement Tuesday that he's seeking the Republican presidential nomination. (AP Photo/Perry Baker)
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney talks to the nation's first presidential primary voters during a campaign stop at the Opera House in Derry, N.H., Tuesday, April 3, 2007.(AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Republican presidential hopeful, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks to a potential voter on a cellphone at his campaign headquarters in Boston Wednesday, May 16, 2007, one day after the latest GOP presidential debate, and amid a daylong effort by his campaign to enlist 24,000 new supporters. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney shakes hands during a campaign stop at Moulton's Market in Amherst, N.H., Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007.(AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Presidential hopeful and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, kisses 6-month-old Bennett Covington as he poses for a picture with the baby and his mother, Liz Covington, Thursday, September 27, 2007 , during a campaign stop at an IHOP in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Rich Pedroncelli)
Republican presidential hopeful former Massachussets Gov. Mitt Romney speaks to local residents during a campaign stop Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007, in Humboldt, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Republican presidential hopeful, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, shakes hands with supporters at a campaign stop in Las Vegas, Nev., Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Republican presidential hopeful, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, waves to supports during a primary day campaign rally in Tampa, Fla., Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney shakes hands during a campaign rally, Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, in Orange City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
A woman working in the room where Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will speak election night is silhouetted against a lighted campaign sign near the stage at the Boston Convention Center in Boston, Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at a Florida campaign rally at Orlando Sanford International Airport, in Sanford, Fla., Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with his wife Ann greet supporters during a campaign rally at the International Exhibition Center in Cleveland, Sunday Nov. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign event at the Newport News International Airport, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, in Newport News, Va. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney reaches out to shake hands with supporters as he campaigns at Colorado Springs Municipal Airport in Colorado Springs, Col., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney carries Levi Vandenberg, five months, of Dover, N.H., after he picked him up from his mother and continued to walk down a ropeline of supporterrs as he campaigns at Portsmouth International Airport, in Newington, N.H., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012. He later returned the baby to his mother. Ann Romney is seen at left. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney talks with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as they fly on his campaign plane to Miami Fla., Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets supporters as he campaigns at the Pensacola Civic Center in Pensacola, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, and vice presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., wave to the crowd as fireworks go off during a campaign rally on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
President Barack Obama, right, and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney shake hands following their third presidential debate at Lynn University, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Boca Raton, Fla. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney shakes hands during a campaign event at Watson Truck and Supply, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, in Hobbs, N.M. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney pauses during a campaign event at Horizontal Wireline Services on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 in Irwin, Pa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney smiles as he addresses supporters at his Super Tuesday campaign rally in Boston, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney holds One-year-old Madison Busch during a campaign rally in Loveland, Colo., Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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But the former governor said that he declined a last-minute campaign because of the costs that a race would take on his family and the likelihood that he would lose.

"It's hard on family. It's hard on your spouse sitting there in debates agonizing over what you're going to say next or what your kids go through and your grandkids to go through," Romney said.

He added:

"I looked at it and I said I don't think in good conscience I'm the right person to run as long as there was a better alternative who had a better chance of winning, rather. And once the nomination was locked up, I didn't see a chance of winning that was realistic."

As it became increasingly clear that Trump would lock up the nomination, many top conservative intellectuals and writers urged Romney to mount a third-party bid. Weekly Standard editor William Kristol met with Romney in person earlier this year about a third race for the White House, and has regularly contacted the governor about running.

But on Wednesday, Romney insisted that there was still no chance that he would run.

"The door is closed unless both candidates come up to me and say please save them," Romney said. "I can't imagine the circumstances that would lead me to be in the race."

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