Romney: Campaign was a 'roller coaster'
February 28th, 2013
07:58 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney: Campaign was a 'roller coaster'

(CNN) - Mitt Romney compared his presidential run to the highs and lows of a roller coaster ride - and, like all rides, it must come to an end.

"We were on a roller coaster, exciting and thrilling ups and downs, but the ride ends and then you get off," he said in an interview with Fox News.

"And it's not like, oh, can't we be on a roller coaster the rest of our life? No, that ride's over," he added.

Romney was the Republican presidential nominee in 2012, and was defeated by President Barack Obama.

It was Romney’s second bid for the White House.

He is a former governor of Massachusetts and also mounted a U.S. Senate challenge to Edward Kennedy in 1994, but lost.

Life off of the campaign trail is "different," he said - and no doubt less stressful and slower paced.

His wife, Ann, was along for the ride and described her husband's bid for office as a type of civic service similar to his service within the Mormon church.

Life since November, she said, has been "an adjustment but it's one that I think we did well."

"It's like we came and stepped forward to serve and the other part of it was an amazing thing, and it was really quite a lot of energy and a lot of passion and a lot of people around us, and all of a sudden it was nothing," she said, seated alongside her husband.

"But the good news is fortunately we like each other."

– CNN's Gregory Wallace contributed to this report


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
soundoff (193 Responses)
  1. RomneyWho

    From the bottom to the top (the republican candidates of clowns) and then straight down after going up against "The Obama Machine" . . . :(

    March 1, 2013 05:32 am at 5:32 am |
  2. Marie MD

    The whole story is laughable but the scary part is what the $1K ugly fish tee wearing rich wifey said . . . "type of civic service similar to his service within the Mormon church."
    Separation of church and state and I personally have enough of that smirky scary look and grin. Maybe tagg, you are it, can run next time.

    March 1, 2013 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  3. Bob, Kansas City

    "But the good news is fortunately we like each other."
    --------
    In the end, that's all that matters.

    March 1, 2013 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  4. Donkey Party

    I agree with Romney. His campaign was full of twists and turns that left people feeling sick in the end.

    March 1, 2013 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  5. Doc1

    I've got news for you Mitt, no one cares. Now hop your tush on your in house elevator and disappear!

    March 1, 2013 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  6. maximusvad

    Life is tough after a hard lost Campaign....especially with on Millions in your Cayman Island accounts... 47%...funny how a simple number can seal your fate.

    March 1, 2013 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  7. Busby Berkley

    "His wife, Ann, was along for the ride and described her husband's bid for office as a type of civic service similar to his service within the Mormon church."

    Meaning...both were a sham based on lies and feeding off people's gullibility?

    March 1, 2013 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  8. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Mitt the twit will be right at home with the tea potty at CPAC. They killed him in November.

    March 1, 2013 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  9. WDS906

    Poor guy. I bet his piles of money are barely enough to keep him going.

    March 1, 2013 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  10. david b

    mitt and his out of touch clan will be just fine. they now have more time for country clubbing, counting their millions and for all the pious self soothing they seem to be so good at.

    March 1, 2013 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  11. Yeah that's it

    Yes, having Mitt and Anne knocking on the door was like having Mormons walking around your block knocking on doors. You had to make the decision to answer it or to pretend you didn't hear them knock. I am also happy to hear they still "like" each other... a lot of other couples would say they "love" each other.

    March 1, 2013 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    We certainly avoided a catastrophe by sending the corporate raider home, instead of to the white house.

    March 1, 2013 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  13. Brenda

    So much hate coming from the left. It's laughable. Not shocking from CNN. There is zero balance here. The Romneys are amazingly good human beings and deserve better.

    March 1, 2013 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  14. tear around

    So they see running for president as a favor to us? I am really interested in post campaign. What kind of public service will he be doing?

    March 1, 2013 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    You gotta love conservatives and all of their messaging procedures. Prior it his speech or appearance at CPAC, Mitt Romney is re-introducing himself to the public eye. It's compulsory that he do it in such a way that it humanizes him, so that opposition would be relectant to demonize him after the event. This is preferrable to Mitt Romney simply walking back into the public eye one day, and then suddenly be gone the next. This is the recommned approach for consrvatives, which is taken from one of Frank Luntz' seminars, "Life After Losing".

    March 1, 2013 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  16. common sense

    What an odd comment, that they "like" each other.

    March 1, 2013 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  17. PROUD FEMALE DEM FOREVER

    Give it up Mitt!!! You'll never be President. Soooo out of touch and clueless. Hillary 2016!!!

    March 1, 2013 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  18. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Romney was a clueless twit who never actually learned what the country was looking for. He believed his money would allow him to buy his way into the White House, just like he bought his way into the Governor's office and the charimanship of the Utah Winter Olympics.

    March 1, 2013 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  19. k

    and then..thankfully...the roller coaster flew off its rails and crashed 200 feet into the street below...taking the romney clan with it forever.

    March 1, 2013 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  20. v_mag

    I don't think of the Rob-money campaign as a roller coaster ride. It was more like a broken down Model T on a bumpy dirt road to nowhere.

    March 1, 2013 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  21. Al-NY,NY

    Ancient Texan

    A intelligent and principled man that would have been an excellent President. His understanding of business and the economy would have provided signs of improvement by now.
    ------------

    yes...in magic sparkly unicorn-land Mitt would have waved his magic wand and POOF! Ward, Wally, and the Beav would be sitting at the dinner table while June (in her apron and sensible shoes) dutifully serves them dinner while getting none herself. Outside, the local minorities would be tending to the laundry, lawn while the rest of the lily white neighborhood children pranced and frollicked away with hula hoops and frisbees

    March 1, 2013 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  22. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    And it's not like, oh, can't we be on a roller coaster the rest of our life? No, that ride's over,"
    -------------------------------------------------
    That's nice, but you DID get back on line THREE times though.
    I must give you credit for being a better loser than your boy McShame.

    March 1, 2013 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  23. k

    thank god we dont have to see that stan laurel look on his face anymore.

    March 1, 2013 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  24. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Twitt is amongst the low risk undocumented aliens just released because of prospective budget cuts though he's yet to show his birth certificate, tax returns and who last employed him. What an outrage.

    March 1, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  25. sifto

    AL-NY-NY–ancient texan is so right–Common sense–do Bill and Hill "like" each other?!

    March 1, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
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