Ann Romney: 'It's too bad the election isn't today'
December 11th, 2013
06:28 PM ET
5 years 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. Brian-PA

    "We don't look back." "We have moved on." Then everything else she says shows she hasn't moved on and is looking back.

    December 11, 2013 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  2. ChrisM

    What a arrogant witch Ann Romney is. No Ann, you still would not be Queen and Mitt would still not be elected President. No white horse Prophecy for you, Ann. (google white horse Prophecy in the mormon religion)

    December 11, 2013 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  3. Lisa P.

    If the election were today Mitt Romney still would have lost. The reality of Mitt's cluelessness was just that awful. At this point the poll is basically pitting President Obama against a generic Republican, which is to say a fantasy candidate of all strengths and 20/20 hindsight "might-have-beens" and no human flaws. I would be interested in knowing how many sitting Presidents win opinion polls over that kind of competition.

    December 11, 2013 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  4. John the Historian

    Anne Romney is the typical Republican women who lives in an unreal world. She knows like everyone else that Romneycare and the ACA has no difference: Individual mandate. Like Senator Bernie Sanders said it is the best Republican plan. It call came from the Heritage Foundation. Anne Romney needs to shut up. Her innocuous causes mean nothing. She has never worked a day in her life and she had nannies for her children. Her husband would have been a corporate stooge of Wall Street with his foreign bank accounts. Hopefully the GOP picks anothe flip flopper or some Christian Right fool like Rick Santorum or Michele Bachmann. The Republicans only control the House due to gerrymandering in 2011.

    December 11, 2013 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  5. Gary

    You call that " Moving on"? Poor Ann. Your dear Mitt lost last year and he would lose today. Haven't you learned anything from your poles?

    December 11, 2013 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  6. James

    The Cathartic Cookbook?

    December 11, 2013 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  7. The Republican Party Is Dead To Me

    Hubris: This is just a tip of the iceberg when dealing with a republican, or any politician for that matter. She's got a very high opinion of herself. If the election were held today they'd still lose.

    December 11, 2013 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  8. A True Conservative

    Nope....the same people would have voted for Obama.....why would they vote to stop giving themselves "free" stuff?

    December 11, 2013 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  9. rs

    I kinda doubt it would change anything for the Romneys. The chatter would still be about Mr. Romney's money in the Grand Caymen banks; the lie that Chrysler was selling the Jeep product line to China; and the inevitable bungle of the facts Mr. Romney had around Benghazi- something the GOP still hasn't found any gold in. We'd still be talking about Mr. Romney's elitist 47% comment denegrating nearly half of the people living in the U.S. and his popularity would have been tanked by the shutdown just 2 months back- if he were even the GOP's candidate.

    December 11, 2013 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  10. NC

    Poor old Ann Romney she just can not and will never get over losing her 2012 Christmas gift the White House.

    December 11, 2013 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  11. YUCK

    Peace,love,unity and RESPECT.

    December 11, 2013 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  12. RonL

    We never look back.....To bad the election isn't today. Am I mistaken, or is the last statement looking back????

    December 11, 2013 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  13. Gurgyl

    Don't worry, GOP is gone to dogs for another fifty years or so.

    December 11, 2013 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  14. Tampa Tim

    With all the Romney influence, it looks like we will have all future presidential elections in odd years in December.

    December 11, 2013 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  15. Tampa Tim

    Iann has not appeared to have moved on very well. Shoulda, coulda, woulda.

    December 11, 2013 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  16. Tampa Tim

    That's 'Ann'. Sorry.

    December 11, 2013 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain

    What a petty, crass, tasteless thing to say. Talk about a sore loser!

    The GOP is nothing more than a bunch of whiny babies who LOST in 2008 and LOST in 2012 – and yet they continue to thwart the will of the American people.

    Ann "we don't look back" ... yeah, right ...

    December 11, 2013 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    FACT: In the first quarter of the Massachusetts plan (Romneycare) enrollment, only about one-sixth of the total enrollees had signed up for the plan.

    The Mass rollout wasn't perfectly smooth either, Ann. And Medicare Part D? Huge headaches initially. But unlike the GOP today in response to Obamacare, the Dems didn't do everything in their power to torpedo Medicare Part D; they accepted that it was the law of the land and tried to make it work for the good of the country.

    The GOP? Party over country, every time.

    December 11, 2013 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain

    I'm so glad this spoiled witch will never see the inside of the White House except as part of a tour ...

    December 11, 2013 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  20. Dave

    Poor delusional woman...

    December 11, 2013 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  21. Blake

    The funny thing is this poll looked like many others around the election (about 2-3 points more though), so its debatable whether even with these new poll numbers, Mitt Romney would have won since he got trounced that night like McCain. Secondly last October/November was the bottoming out of Obama's poll numbers it seems and his poll numbers may be going back up again. It seems the rollout blues for the Administration is over and now it's all about the law for the long term.

    December 11, 2013 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  22. Northborough Dan

    CNN. I do not care what Ann thinks. Ever.

    December 11, 2013 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  23. Liz the First

    If the election were today, i would hope the American people would be smart enough to vote for Obama again over the Ken doll with moving parts. yes, the health care law isn't going perfectly out of the gate. but it's fixable and will end up being a very good thing for the country. even if it was a massive failure, the fact that he put his presidency on the line to reform health care would still prove Obama has the best interest of the American people, all of them, at heart, which is something no repug on the national stage can say with a straight face. we are a country with a very short memory. i hope the Dem candidates can all do a very good job reminding everyone how obstructive and destructive the repugs have been over the past 5 years. any farmer knows you can't plow a field with two horses pulling in opposite directions. the Dems are trying to move this country forward and the repugs are trying to drag us back to the 19th century!

    December 11, 2013 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  24. S. B. Stein

    Why are we listening to her?

    December 11, 2013 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  25. Doyle Wiley, MI

    Sorry Ann, if the elections were today your husband would still loss; let it go, move on. And, please let the dog ride inside the car.

    December 11, 2013 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
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