Mitt Romney almost quit 2012 campaign

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Mitt Romney's attempt to become the President of the United States in 2012 - a bid that came to an end with a loss last November - almost never came to be in the first place.

In a new book to be released by the Washington Post's Dan Balz this August, Romney says that he told his son early in his campaign that he was planning on dropping out.

The Republican candidate for president was basing his near-decision on the fact that President Barack Obama was implementing a health care initiative that was similar to the one he adopted in Massachusetts. He also feared being ostracized because of his wealth.

He also said that he never expected his now infamous comment about 47 percent of people relying on the government to become such a major focus.

"The perception is I'm saying I don't care about 47 percent of the people or something of that nature, and that's simply wrong," he told Balz.

Balz's book, Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America, will be released Aug. 6.