Exclusive: First Post-Election Interview with the Romneys
The Romneys sat down with “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace in their first post-election interview, reflecting on election night and how they think things might be different if Mitt Romney had won the presidency.
The Romneys both said they thought they were going to win going into election night.
As Florida and Ohio’s returns came in, and Ohio looked lost, Mitt Romney said that is when he first knew it was probably over.
Headed out to give his concession speech, Romney said he was thinking, “I just haven't been able to get the job done.”
Are they over defeat?
Mrs. Romney quoted “Princess Bride”:
“I think I'm mostly -- you know, the great ‘Princess Bride’ line, ‘mostly dead.’”
Mitt Romney will be speaking at CPAC this year, the annual gathering of national conservatives, which raised the question “What role do you want to play in the party and the country’s future?”
While Romney acknowledges he will not be the party’s leader, he does want to play a role in helping the party find success.
Reflecting on current policy fights and politics in Washington since the election, Romney said, “It kills me not to be in the White House doing what needs to be done.”
“The president is the leader, brings people together, does the deals, I don't see that kind of leadership happening right now,” Romney said.
“Nero is fiddling,” Romney said, and the president needs to “start fighting for national victories,” instead of campaigning.
“The hardest thing about losing is watching this golden moment just slip away,” due to politics, Romney added.
Romney supporters have theorized that Romney lost substantial momentum when Hurricane Sandy rolled ashore near New Jersey and New York in the final week before the election.
Romney said he did not blame Hurricane Sandy, or New Jersey governor Chris Christie’s embrace of the president during that week for his loss.
“I lost my election because of my campaign,” Romney said, adding that Christie did what he thought was best for his state.
On his future in the national conversation Romney said that, although he will not run for president again, “sitting on the sidelines when so much is at stake is just not in my nature.”