Mitt Romney hasn’t quite reached the level of acceptance when it comes to his failed presidential bid. Having sat down with Fox News for his first post-defeat interview since the November election over the weekend, Romney said that not winning the race for the country’s highest office “kills” him.
Asked of the campaign run, the 65-year-old still believes that he could have turned the country around. “I look at what’s happening right now, I wish I was there,” he explained.
“It kills me not to be there, not to be in the White House doing what needs to be done. The president is the leader of the nation. 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.”
With blunders like his damaging “47 percent” secret recording, which found its way to the media during a pivotal election point, Romney believes that his disconnect with minority voters cost him the win. “The weakness that our campaign and that I had is we weren’t effective in taking my message primarily to minority voters,” he said. He was also “convinced” that he would win up until the very end, but has learned to move forward, a disposition mimicked by his wife, Ann.
During the interview, Romney’s wife however pointed the finger at the media for making her husband look bad. “I’m happy to blame the media,” she said, noting that “there’s more bias in favor of the other side…that’s a pretty universally felt opinion.”
Over the last few months, the former Michigan governor has been keeping himself busy. He renamed his organization the Romney Foundation for Children, which he says will help “the very poorest kids in the world,” has resumed his position with the Marriott International, and is scheduled to speak at a gathering of conservative leaders in Washington, D.C., next month.
There was also an interesting admission from Ann. “I think it takes time,” she said of dealing with the defeat. “I’m mostly over it.”