The Washington Post ran an excerpt this week. In it, Balz describes a December 2010 family gathering that included Mitt Romney's wife, his five sons and their five spouses. The Romney clan gathered one evening during a vacation in Hawaii, Balz writes, "to share their thoughts about a second campaign." The group had done something similar ahead of Romney's unsuccessful run for president in 2008.
According to Balz:
[T]he vote would have shocked a political community closely monitoring the preliminary maneuvering for the 2012 race. Even some of Romney’s closest political advisers might have been surprised. When the family members took a vote, 10 of the 12 said no. Mitt Romney was one of the 10 who opposed another campaign. The only "yes” votes were from Ann Romney and Tagg Romney.
Some of the reservations were personal. All of them knew how disruptive and invasive a presidential campaign would be. “None of us were looking forward to the process,” Tagg Romney said. “We’re a pretty private family, to be honest with you. Having that privacy yanked away was not going to be fun. That was an underlying reason — but not the driving reason. You tasted the bitter pill once, you didn’t want to go bite into it a second time.”
The excerpt can be found here.