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Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Former Gov. of Mass. Mitt Romney addresses the Hinckley Institute of Politics regarding the 2016 presidential race at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Thursday, March 3, 2016.

After months of dismissing rumors of a possible presidential run, Mitt Romney raised — and promptly dashed — a few hopes Wednesday.

"I got an email from one of my sons yesterday saying, 'You've gotta get in, dad, you've gotta get in," Romney said at the Aspen Ideas Festival on Wednesday, according to The Blaze.

Romney, who said his wife and kids had been pressuring him to enter the race, again dismissed the possibility of a run.

"It’s hard on family," Romney said as part of a question-and-answer period that John Dickerson, CBS News anchor, moderated. "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."

He added that he did not "think in good conscience" that he could be a winning candidate during this election cycle.

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

Romney has been a vocal critic of presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump — calling him "a phony, a fraud" and declining to attend a convention that would name Trump as a nominee — and presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

In early May, Romney said he would not run as an independent candidate, despite an invitation to do so by The Standard Magazine editor William Kristol; an open letter from the magazine also requesting that he throw his hat in the presidential ring; and months of speculation that he would enter the race.

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