(CNN) – Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said he was "very upset" for making the "47%" comments that became a big roadblock in his campaign last year in the final months before Election Day.
"There were a number of times that I said things that - that didn't come out right," he said in an interview with CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger.
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Romney faced soaring criticism for saying at a private fundraiser that nearly half of Americans were victims "dependent" on the government and would vote for President Obama "no matter what."
"There are 47% of people who are with him, who are dependent on government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, you-name-it," Romney said on the tape.
Adding to his argument about entitlement, Romney said his "job is not to worry about those people."
His comments were secretly recorded at the May 2012 fundraiser and released in September to the left-leaning news outlet, Mother Jones.
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Romney told Borger that the political climate today is unlike the campaign days of 25 or 30 years ago in the sense that "everything you say is being record."
"And, you know, now and then, things don't come out exactly the way you want them to come out. They don't sound the way you thought they sounded," he said. "And now, with a good opposition campaign, they grab it, they blow it up, maybe they take it a bit out of context, maybe they don't, but, it obviously, is paraded in a way that you hadn't intended."
Conceding "that's just the nature of politics today," Romney added: "You have to get over it and live with it."
Asked how he handled the transition from his highly-public, grueling campaign to a more private life, Romney said his days are a lot more simple now.
"It's easy to live life with family, with, uh, household chores you have, with the privacy you enjoy," he said. "What's difficult is going into a campaign and becoming extraordinarily focused, day after day, speaking to large groups of people, getting to know individuals one-on-one, learning their experiences, dealing with the media. That's what's difficult."
Romney is hosting a multi-day conference in Park City, Utah featuring several prospective 2016 GOP contenders as well as other national leaders with some of the party's major donors also in attendance. Romney hopes this meeting, called "Experts and Enthusiasts," will allow the approximately 200 attendees to discuss the nation's problems and possible solutions in a different forum.
– CNN's Kevin Bohn and Ashley Killough contributed to this report.