Mitt Romney Not Running for President in 2016: Fellow Pols React

Jeb Bush, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and others weigh in.

— -- Mitt Romney spent the past few weeks hinting that he might be considering another bid for the White House -- so his announcement this morning that he would not run for president in 2016 caught many by surprise.

Here's how some of the people who might have run against Romney reacted to his official announcement:

Potential 2016ers Weigh In

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush -- also thought to be considering a White House bid -- called the 2012 GOP nominee “a patriot.”

“I join many in hoping his days of serving our nation and our party are not over,” Bush wrote on Facebook. “I look forward to working with him to ensure all Americans have a chance to rise up.”