[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/06/art.romney.gi.jpg caption="Romney is a possible 2012 contender."](CNN) - Mitt Romney says it’s “been a good year” since he dropped out of the GOP nomination fight, but, he says, “I wish I would have won the nomination, and won the presidency.”
In an interview with TIME magazine, Romney said the man who won the presidency, Barack Obama, “is off to a rocky start.”
“The theme ‘Yes, we can’ seems to have been replaced with ‘Well, maybe we can't,’” he said. “I believe that with all the challenges America faces, the simple solutions and the hope that were sold by the Obama team are inadequate to the task ahead.”
Like many congressional Republicans, Romney said he favors a stimulus package, but only if the money is free of pork and devoted to tax cuts and “high priority, urgent” infrastructure projects.
The former businessman also questioned Obama’s move Wednesday to install an executive pay cap at financial firms taking bailout money.
“I am very uncomfortable with government dictating the course for managing an enterprise,” he said. “This should be done by the shareholders and by the board of directors, not by the federal government.”
Romney would not speculate on his plans for the next election in 2012, but he did comment on a potential rival for the nomination, should he decide to seek it.
Of Sarah Palin, he would say only: “Gov. Palin is an effective and popular political voice, and I believe she will continue to draw interest among party faithful and that she'll have an impact on the party's direction in the future.”