Romney: Campaign was a 'roller coaster'
February 28th, 2013
07:58 PM ET
7 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. cbr

    If only the Republicans were as gracious as the Romneys. Blame the candidate but not the Party. In this case the Party pushed the candidates to the right and when they lost they took no responsibility for their lack of judgement. Those on Fox Network, operatives, Limbaugh, Beck, etc. just blame everyone else. However, they did contribute to the loss by being so negative.

    February 28, 2013 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  2. tykl

    One of the greatest men to run for president. What a compliment that his detractors could only try to make a case that he was too successful and accomplished too much. The o campaign just had to run out the clock trying to make sure people didn't know the real Romney and run a farcical cool-guy/frat-brother releasing the WH beer recipe type of slop to distract the American people.

    February 28, 2013 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  3. JS

    It's a civic service to go around lying and bashing the duly elected president on national television for over a year? Even at a military installation? Puleeeeeze ! Just like last go around when Mitt was asked why his sons weren't serving the country his response was that they actually are serving the country. By helping him with his first failed campaign. As imperfect as Obama is, thank God Romney lost. Lost big time too 😉 Bu-Bye Mitt.

    February 28, 2013 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  4. Mike

    What passion? She married a mean spirited guy with no core and she protested too much in trying to pass him off as human.

    February 28, 2013 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |

    Slow news day, eh, CNN?

    February 28, 2013 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  6. 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.

    February 28, 2013 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  7. Tom

    Yeah, just like a roller coaster - lots of flipping and flopping until the ride comes to an abrupt end. Why is this guy still talking?

    February 28, 2013 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  8. Carlin123

    The GOP shoved this guy down everyone's throats even though nobody liked him. They paid the media to push him in all the debates, and they still lost.

    February 28, 2013 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  9. MaryM


    February 28, 2013 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  10. Randy, San Francisco

    Romney never had a chance. His campaign was crippled from the start because of the extreme and rigid ideology of Tea Partiers and social conservatives in the Republican Party.He defied conventional wisdom by not moving towards the middle of political spectrum in the general election to attract moderate, independent, women, and minority voters.

    February 28, 2013 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  11. spock500

    TRENDING: Romney: Campaign was a losing venture from the get-go

    February 28, 2013 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  12. j

    Romney's feelings On post election living " I feel much better now that I can hang out with my own kind instead of the common 98% of lay abouts"

    February 28, 2013 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  13. keeth

    Romney won with 47% of the popular vote. Oh, the irony!

    February 28, 2013 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  14. Name lynn

    Ok the president race is over the black man won the president sits, an of course rommey talk to much while campgaining. Rommey hates black people an he hates the 47% of the people dont care if the live or die. I know the some of people hated obama beat rommey in the race well its fair a square.

    February 28, 2013 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  15. MagicPanties

    Fortunately Mitt is not prez, cuz we don't like him.

    February 28, 2013 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  16. tcaros

    And we all thought he flew back to planet Kolob.

    February 28, 2013 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  17. ted

    Romney – you made your failed candidacy the roller coaster it became with the etch a sketch flip flopping on every position you ever took on every issue. No one could figure you out and that is a good thing because for the good of the country, you won't see Obama outsourcing everthing like you would have done. bye and good riddance. Can't wait to see who the next schmoe the GOP will put up for prez.

    February 28, 2013 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  18. john

    Big difference is that Romoney's roller coaster crashed and burned.......

    February 28, 2013 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  19. Meki60

    Obama is the worst president of all and a charlatan

    February 28, 2013 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  20. CGF

    Mitt had no chance to win the WH; but he was so arrogant along with the all GOP’ers. He was crashed since the beginning. His comments were absolute “out this world”. I feel sorry for his wife; she has to cope with all his bunch of malarkey

    February 28, 2013 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  21. Dude in Colorado

    Mitt Romney who~? >:-)

    February 28, 2013 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  22. beevee

    Romney ran a lousy campaign, flip flopped a lot trying to please the republican conservative voters and the voters in the country could see through Romney and did not like what they saw. He lost and there is no need to cover up anything.

    February 28, 2013 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  23. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It was a really bad ride for Romney. He didn't really understand what needs to be done to help the country.

    February 28, 2013 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  24. Wake up People!

    Do these people ever interview with anyone other than Fox??

    February 28, 2013 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  25. Mikei davis

    Roller coaster ride strange metaphor So does one hold on tight as you fly all over the place from pt.A back to Pt.A with a messy hair do?Or let your hands be free and toss about aimlessly still ending back at Pt.A..same result ending up out some time and money .Lame... Mitt another ride? it's a small world.!!

    February 28, 2013 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
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