On Mother's Day, Mitt Romney Searches Neighborhood for Lilacs

By Susan Jones | May 9, 2014 | 9:15 AM EDT

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(CNSNews.com) - Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney drew some laughs on Friday, when he was asked about his plans for Mother's Day.

"Well, you know, I always get lilacs for my wife on Mother's Day. I find someplace in the neighborhood where I can cut some lilacs. And so I'm going to be looking -- or going to the grocery store -- that's our tradition."

The hosts of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" joked about Romney -- a very wealthy man -- searching the neighborhood for lilacs. "Your neighbors must love you," Joe Scarborough said. "Uh-oh...Romney's in the backyard, call the cops!"

On a more serious topic, Romney said he will not run for president again: "I'm going to be supporting someone who represents the practical conservatives that I think we need." He listed Paul Ryan, Chris Christie and Jeb Bush as some of his favorite potential candidates.

"I think our best prospects of getting back the White House are with someone who has not run twice before as I have."

Romney, asked if Republicans should be invoking Benghazi in fund-raising pitches, said Republicans "have every right to say" that if they were not the majority in the House, there would not be an investigation into Benghazi at all; nor would there be an investigation into IRS abuses.

"And so, to says, look, elect Republicans so we can have these kinds of investigations is appropriate."