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Both Are Major GOP Names. Both May Run in 2016. And Both Are Secretly Meeting This Week in Utah.

SAN DIEGO, CA - JANUARY 16: Mitt Romney is greeted by fellow Republicans at a dinner during the Republican National Committee's Annual Winter Meeting aboard the USS Midway on January 16, 2015 in San Diego, California. Romney is contemplating a possible 2016 presidential run. (Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush, two major GOP names who are said to be mulling 2016 White House bids, will meet privately this week, two prominent party members said Wednesday night, according to the New York Times.

The meeting, which one party member said was proposed by Bush, is set to take place in Utah amid reports both are considering running for the Republican nomination.

According to the Times, the meeting was scheduled before Romney made news by saying he had not ruled out a White House run. At the time, Bush wanted to meet with the former 2012 nominee to show his respect for him, the Times reported.

The meeting remained on both men's schedules, however, even after Romney expressed some interest in seeking the high office while speaking to GOP donors in New York, according to the Times.

Neither the Bush or Romney camp responded to the newspaper's request for comment.

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