Mitt Romney: 'It Kills Me' Not to Be Prez
In first interview he blasts Obama for playing politics, not leading
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 3, 2013 9:17 AM CST
This Nov. 2, 2012 file photo shows Mitt Romney gesturing as he speaks at a campaign stop in West Allis, Wis.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

(Newser) – Mitt Romney's first post-election interview has aired, and it's a doozy. The former candidate and wife Ann sat down with Fox News' Chris Wallace and tackled a wide range of issues, from his unexpected loss to his grading of the man who beat him. A rundown of the highlights, as per Politico:

  • On the sequester: "I’ll look at what’s happening right now, I wish I were there. It kills me not to be there, not to be in the White House doing what needs to be done. The president brings people together, does the deals, does the trades, knocks the heads together; the president leads. And—and I don’t see that kind of—of leadership happening right now."

  • On when he knew he'd lost: "We were convinced that we would win. It was a slow recognition until ultimately when the Ohio numbers began coming in and they were disappointing. I said, look, this looks like we’ve lost—wasn’t certain. Some people said, oh, look, if this number here comes in, why, you could win. But you know, by 8 or 9 o’clock, it was pretty clear that we were not going to win.”
  • On the GOP primary: “The idea that somehow the primary made me become more conservative than I was just isn't accurate. On the other hand, a long and blistering primary, where people are attacking one another and where the attacks sometimes are not on the mark but are creating an unfavorable impression, those things are not helpful.”
  • On the 47% video: "When you speak in private, uh, you don’t spend as much time thinking about how something could be twisted and distorted. But, you know, I did. And it was very harmful. What I said is not what I believe. But, uh, but that hurt. There’s no question that hurt and did real damage to my campaign.”
  • Ann Romney on the media: “But it was not just the campaign’s fault. I believe it was the media’s fault as well, is that he was ... being given a fair shake, that people weren’t allowed to really see him for who he was." Asked why, she said, “I’m happy to blame the media.”

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JT119
Mar 6, 2013 4:54 PM CST
All I ask of this man is to honor the promise that he will NEVER run for the presidency of this country again.
Buckshot
Mar 4, 2013 12:19 PM CST
Better it kills him than us!!! Which is why America said NO to Romney and his nasty both eyes closed tightly VP pick Paul Ryan a Eddie Munster look alike who's available for parties.
Ucantusethatname
Mar 4, 2013 11:08 AM CST
Now that Obama has added $6,000,000,000,000 to the national debt, it's killing me too. What will this nation be like after 8 years of economic madness and more debt and red tap with Obamacrap?