When asked if the former candidate would watch the inauguration on television, the answer was, “Doubtful.”
A Romney aide told NBC the former Massachusetts governor and his wife Ann have “no big plans.” And when asked if he’d watch the ceremonies, the aide said, “doubtful.”
Romney’s absence makes him the first losing candidate not to attend since 1989, when Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis didn’t attend George H.W. Bush’s swearing in. Instead, he stayed in his home state, watched on TV, and ate a tuna sandwich.
MNSBC host Lawrence O’Donnell weighed in on Romney’s no-show, saying it was an “understandable choice to not come here [to Capitol Hill] especially if you’re not a man of Washington…I get that, but I don’t get why you have to take that extra step and say ‘I’m not gonna watch.’”
“It isn’t the moment where he should have announced that about himself,” O’Donnell added.
Host Rachel Maddow said by making it known he wasn’t going to watch, Romney was “making himself the story.”