He wants it.  "I wish it were me" implies but it’s not, and yet he doesn’t say that. He does proceed with:

Let me tell you, it was a great experience running for
president. I loved that. But my time has come. I had — come
and gone. I had that opportunity. I ran, I didn’t win. And
now, it’s time for someone else to pick up the baton.

It’s time for someone else… but what if no one else materializes?

Via Romney in 2016? @ Althouse.

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