By STEVE PEOPLES
BOSTON (AP) -- Mitt Romney once feared that he would be viewed as "a loser for life" if he failed to win the presidency. In this midterm election year, the former presidential nominee is trying to re-emerge as a force in Republican politics.
Romney is quietly seeking kingmaker status in the GOP's fight for the Senate majority this fall and its quest to retake the White House in 2016.
The effort at revival is fueling whispers about a third presidential run. But those closest to Romney suggest that he's more interested in shaping party politics by helping the next generation of electable conservatives.
This week Romney hosts his annual "ideas summit" in Park City, Utah. The private event features potential presidential contenders, key members of his inner circle and major political donors.