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. JPM

    His campaign was like a roller coaster. That is how I would describe the country un Oblamer, only it is all lows. Under this lack of leadership we are slamming into the ground.

    March 1, 2013 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  2. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Loser x 47 = loser.

    March 1, 2013 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  3. David

    He's better off. The country clearly isn't, but he is.

    March 1, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  4. Gurgyl

    @Al-NY,NY magic sparkly unicorn-land Mitt would have waved his magic wand and POOF! Ward, Wally, and the Beav would be sitting at the dinner table while June (in her apron and sensible shoes) dutifully serves them dinner while getting none herself. Outside, the local minorities would be tending to the laundry, lawn while the rest of the lily white neighborhood children pranced and frollicked away with hula hoops and frisbees.
    As it should be.

    March 1, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  5. George

    It's funny that she says that they like each other because there were some comments made by Mitt about her that seemed like he didn't like her, like at that fundraiser when the infamous 47% comment was made, he also said that the campaign should use Ann sparingly in case people get sick of her, or when he said in London that he no idea when her horse was competeting nor did he care. there were a few others, when I thought 'ouch', not what I would say in public in front of the world's press about someone I like.

    March 1, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |

    @OBVIOUS, Obama is rich too AND the PRESIDENT. SUCK on that.

    March 1, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  7. Paul

    I remember Ann Romney telling us how we (Americans) "are lucky to have a guy like him running for president". We were so lucky? How arrogant was that? And do you remember her "I love you, women" rant at their convention. She thought she could get women to support Mitt if she just showed how she loved women. Weird! They are both fake, out of touch. I guess that's what having hundreds of millions of dollars does to people.
    And yes, Hillary for 2016!!

    March 1, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  8. Independent_me

    Thank God he didn't make it as President – it would have been a ride all the way down for the country!

    March 1, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  9. Joy

    I have said it before, Romney was a card played to late, because McCain had to have his run and nauseously had to vp pick palin whom he gravely mistook for the EXPERIENCED politcal powerhouse Hill Clinton is. In 2008 they took for granted they owned the presidency and never even comprehened until it ended an Barack Obama that exploded on our world scene. But don't feel bad we did not know who or a what A Barak was either, but Destiny had it a President like him was needed for such a time as this!

    March 1, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  10. Josh

    It's amazing to me that people are still bashing Romney on this comment board. Get over yourselves. Face it, he would have been a much better president than Obama ever could have been and were seeing the results of Obamas re-election already. It's just too bad.

    March 1, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  11. sifto

    obviously bitter libs on here–i am sure they all know the country would be in better shape with someone like Romney running it–instead, they have their movie star-struck BO–who is letting them all down....LOL America..... he does seem to be "liked"!

    March 1, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  12. Rudy NYC


    AL-NY-NY–ancient texan is so right–Common sense–do Bill and Hill "like" each other?!
    Running a government has less in common with running a business than it does with managing a family's affairs, which include finances, health, defense, and future welfare of the next generation. The Preamble of the Constitution lays out the vision of the role of our leaders the best.

    Our role of elected leadears should be that of a temporary caretaker, a custodian. Unfortunately, conservatives do not envision elected office as a custodial duty, but rather as an opportunity to RULE.

    March 1, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  13. Blindchange

    Love you, Mitt. You did the best you could for the country.

    March 1, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  14. DrWho

    The country of Republican is in an uproar, I'm sure we will be much better of now that we are taking the Right step to spending cuts today. All the citizens of Republican can rest easy now that budget cuts are underway. Let's see where this roller coaster takes us....I bet it's not up! Rock on land of Republican, Rock on!

    March 1, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  15. A good man

    I like Romney - he's a good and decent man with values. It even shows in his face and demeanor - always has a kind look and gentle smiles. Obama, on the other hand, always has an angry look ,constantly finger points, and even his laughter is laced with a sarcastic edge. And those who quote Ann Romney so cruelly, have absolutely no case compared to the vile and denigrating comments Michelle Obama made through the years about the country that paid her way through university.

    March 1, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  16. Obama Voter

    Romney , show us your taxes !

    March 1, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  17. rs

    I am thinking more like a plane crash....

    March 1, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  18. Rosslaw

    One of Mittens grand goals was to completely exempt long-term capital gains from any taxation. Which since Mittens made $20 million in capital gains in the one year he deigned to publicly report to the great unwashed means he sought to paty absolutely, positively no taxes-none. A true visionary.

    March 1, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  19. Tony

    Romney got his butt kicked – really bad. The country put Obama in office, fair and square. For those of you who don't like that, you clearly need to adjust your mentality. Whatever policies you want enacted, the rest of the country does NOT. Please understand that... It's not about Obama. It's that the rest of Americans DISAGREE WITH YOU. I stomached Bush (in the military) for 8 years. I supported him as my president, although, I didn't vote for him. I don't think republicans have the ability to do that – many of you are emotional and full of hate – which is why your party is losing steam.

    March 1, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  20. RomneyWho

    "obviously bitter libs on here–i am sure they all know the country would be in better shape with someone like Romney running"

    You are funny! 😦

    March 1, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  21. FilmProf58

    We libs are not bitter - we won! And so did you, whether you admit it or not. Look at the housing starts. Look at the stock market, now at record highs. The only problem is this sequestration nonsense, which once again is completely the fault of the Republican stonewallers who did not get the message in November

    March 1, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  22. rs


    His campaign was like a roller coaster. That is how I would describe the country un Oblamer, only it is all lows. Under this lack of leadership we are slamming into the ground.
    Well Romney certainly would have been good for the 1%- he was promising them an ADDITIONAL $800k in "tax relief".
    For the rest of us, well, not so much. We're the 47%, the takers. You know, the folks who actually will need Social Secuurity and Medicare because we don't earn $50k A DAY, and can't affor to sheild our income in the Camans.

    As far as the economy: well,the GOP wrecked it under Bush, and today we get wrec 2.0. Tomorrow- well, no one will care about the GOP, except of course to despise them for their anti-Americanism.

    March 1, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  23. Larry L

    @A good man

    I like Romney – he's a good and decent man with values.
    Really? Romney lied a thousand times during the campaign. When he was busted he ignored the video and the fact-checkers. His Bain Capital was a vulture capitalism company. Take a look at what they really did! He got rich and a lot of working people got tossed into the street. Romney's comment about the 47% was an actual comment, in context and completely revealing of his character. He wouldn't show his taxes because he was ashamed of the cheating and the fines he paid after getting caught. Romney flip-flopped on almost every issue! That shows character?

    March 1, 2013 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  24. Not left, not right, just logical

    Obama's not doing too well. Neither would've Mitt. The Democratic Senate would've been just like the Republican House if Romney would've been elected. Democrat or Republican president....doesn't really matter. With only one chamber of Congress on your side, there's virtually nothing that can be done. Far left and far right have too much power. And Congressmen care far too much about getting elected than doing the right and fair thing. Gut welfare, get rid of loopholes for the rich, and increase means testing for Medicare.......just do it and watch the deficit slowly shrink.

    March 1, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  25. America Suckered Again

    Obama wasted no time showing clearly that American voters got it wrong. He is the same political hack unwilling to bend from his greedy political agenda at the expense of all Americans... high earners, middle class, the unemployed and those in poverty.

    But the fact remains. This is what we get for 4 more years. Big bird is safe. And America suffers.

    March 1, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
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