Ann Romney: 'It's too bad the election isn't today'
December 11th, 2013
06:28 PM ET
9 months ago

Ann Romney: 'It's too bad the election isn't today'

(CNN) - The wife of former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said she and her husband have moved on from last year's election.

"We don't look back," Ann Romney said in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer airing on the "Situation Room" Wednesday. "Neither one of us ever look back."

But with President Barack Obama failing to grab the approval numbers today as he did last November, she said it's a shame voters are picking their commander-in-chief this year.

In a hypothetical Washington Post/ABC News poll, conducted last month, which asked respondents who they would vote for if the 2012 presidential election was held today - Mitt Romney led Obama, 49% to 45%.

"Well, it's too bad the election isn't today," Ann Romney said of the poll results. "It's frustrating a bit to watch what's happening with the Obamacare rollout but we are where we are."

Nelson Mandela

Ann Romney also paid tribute to Nelson Mandela - saying that the former South Africa leader was a "power example" in both her and her husband's life.

"You know, I think there's maybe not a person living that has had a bigger impact, not just on Africans lives but on everybody's life," Ann Romney said in an interview with Wolf Blitzer, airing on the "Situation Room" Wednesday.

Tens of thousands, including President Barack Obama, former U.S. presidents, and dignitaries from around the globe, gathered Tuesday to bid farewell to the anti-apartheid icon in Johannesburg.

Ann Romney said Mandela was a leader held the highest esteem throughout the world.

"He was a powerful example in my life; a power example in my husband's life of how you move something that is so significant with such a peaceful, loving, generous, wonderful essence of who he is," she said, adding that Mandela was an "extraordinary human being."

GOP sensitivity

Ann Romney also said members of Congress should show more respect to one another in light of GOP congressional leadership concerns over lawmakers' sensitivity towards women.

Following comments from House Speaker John Boehner last week that some members of his caucus "aren't as sensitive as they ought to be," Ann Romney said that in Congress "...there's more to it than just being more sensitive."

"Let's remember that the American people sent us there and they we need to be respectful of the needs of the American people let's get things done. Let's work across the aisle because there's nothing now - I mean, it's just extraordinary what's going on in Washington."

Republican women in 2016

She also ticked through a list of woman she believes would serve the Republican party well in the 2016 presidential election, including Republicans Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez.

"We have some extraordinary women that are representing New Hampshire, South Carolina, New Mexico that are doing great jobs," she added.

Romney family cookbook

Ann Romney also promoted her cookbook, "The Romney Family Table."

"I think it was a bit cathartic," she said when asked what prompted her to write the book, from which proceeds will go to neurological research.

"It's about as far away from politics as you can get and it's about love, family traditions."


Filed under: 2016 • Ann Romney • Mitt Romney • Nelson Mandela
soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Anthony in California

    Do you really think Democrats would've sabotaged the system the same way Republicans did? (If they didnt during Bush, I doubt they would during Romney's term, Dems don't operate that way)

    Secondly, this poll only takes into account Mitt and Obama. Factor in Hillary and Christy and we got ourselves a ball name.

    Finally, if the election WAS today...we still wouldnt know what SOLUTIONS Mitt would run on, and we still wouldnt have seen his TAXES.

    So if Obama is as "big a failure" as Republicans claim he is, how is Mitt only ahead by 4percent (49-45).
    This says a lot, considering how off the polls were in '08.

    "Let THOSE 47percent people eat cake, we have car elevators to build while we avoid paying taxes offshore"

    December 11, 2013 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  2. DWB

    What is too bad is the fact that your husband thought he could be President to 47% of Americas population.Romney still willnot being President, ever.Thank God. Move on Ann Romney, your husband has .......

    December 11, 2013 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  3. Tom

    If Mitt and Ann Romney have "moved on" from the 2012 election, why do they keep popping up every couple of weeks to whine about it? Romney and his wife are the sorest losers of a Presidential election in recent memory.

    December 11, 2013 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  4. Randy, San Francisco

    Wishing the election was held today doesn't sound like moving on....more like a sore loser.

    December 11, 2013 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  5. jerseylou

    Yup,this is what happen's too you when you become an egoistic maniac,you lose your mind!

    December 11, 2013 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  6. pbcalif

    Will the Romneys ever move on? If the election were held today, Mitt Romney would still lose. Arrogance, ineptitude, and secrecy do not make for a good politician, let alone a President.

    December 11, 2013 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  7. Alan

    Even if the election were today Mitt would not be able to convince anyone in the 47% that he is not a HORRIBLE choice for President, and Ann, you keep talking and you keep confirming we made the right choice then and would make the right choice now. Finally....please just go away, please.

    December 11, 2013 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  8. simplyput

    Class, and for a good cause. Might pick up a couple of her books. Too bad the media screwed us all with the *47%*
    crap. A fact is a fact, unless you want to color it; that's what journalists do, color our lives. Thanks alot.

    December 11, 2013 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  9. labman57

    Sorry Ann. Obama won, Mittens lost.
    Get over it.

    December 11, 2013 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  10. jam8canpops

    This lady needs to crawl back under whatever rock she came out from under.Even if the elections were held today Mitt the twit would not be President.The man was an absolute disaster.The sheer arrogance of the man and the contempt he showed for most Americans may have saved his life because given the history of the US someone would be after his sorry,pathetic butt.The same 47% that he so despised would bury him come election time.The man was a creep.

    December 11, 2013 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  11. Woman In California

    This is too easy. This might come as a shock to you Ann but we don't care what you think about ANYTHING and even if some people are not happy with the president right now, it still doesn't mean they would choose a cowardly Mormon who hides his tax records, keeps his money out of the U.S. and considers 47% of the American people lazy and irrelevant. Can you guess who I'm talking about Ann?

    December 11, 2013 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  12. California

    It's too bad the media helped cover up all this administrations scandals one literally a month before the election

    It's still the video's fault isn't it libs.

    December 12, 2013 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  13. Thomas

    Dose anybody else feel like she speaks with a sense of entitlement ?

    One of her five sons will run in 2020.

    December 12, 2013 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  14. Maximus Gilabatus

    Timing is everything...

    December 12, 2013 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  15. Vence

    Too sad she is not the first lady!

    December 12, 2013 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  16. truth hurts but reality bites

    It is also too bad that the MSM failed to do their job when it came to reporting on Obamacare and what it would do to the American people and their healthcare system. But Obama was their hand picked candidate and had to be protected at all costs so nothing negative could be reported. Only when the disaster got too big to ignore or couldn't be blamed on others, did they actually start doing their jobs. But too late, Obama, the Democrats and their lackeys in the MSM had lied and conned their way to re-election. And now we pay the price for another 4 years.

    Romney was and is a good, honest, competent leader. Obama, as we now know, has none of those traits. This country will pay a heavy price for its stupidity of re-electing a four year failure to another 4 years of failure. All of the young unemployed people that voted for Obama because he was cool and a celebrity are now finding out that competence and honesty might have been more important.

    December 12, 2013 02:56 am at 2:56 am |
  17. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Hey ann, you would still lose ,we are not buying the GOP clown agenda that corperations are people too,they can't vote and the GOP shut down that cost us 24 billion in 16 days and your party's obstruction and incompetence !!!!!

    December 12, 2013 04:44 am at 4:44 am |
  18. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Nobody in America cares about Mitt the twit and Queen Ann whining because the twit is not qualified to be President.

    December 12, 2013 05:59 am at 5:59 am |
  19. Marie MD

    Hey queen ann, not that we care what you $1K ugly fish tee insignificant says, but the election is NOT today. It was back in November and your eunuch of a husband lost and lost big.
    Go back to CA and make sure those car elevators and that 11,000 square foot house is being built exactly to your very rich ugly designs.
    These people really don't know when to give up and go back to their old lives. They have to stay in the spotlight like moths!

    December 12, 2013 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  20. Gurgyl

    Do you believe that one sided fabricated poll garbage by Fox today? Never. GOP is gone to dogs.

    December 12, 2013 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
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