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. ObjectiveGuy

    My God, the American public is stark raving stupid. We had an opportunity to elect a man who could actually help this country on so many levels, and instead chose to eschew him in favor of a president who clearly loathes this nation, and all it stands for. Obama has a legacy of abject failure, and will continue on that losing course for the next four years. And who are the biggest losers of all–the very American public that had the opportunity to vote in positive change with Romney, but instead chose negative change with Obama. Whatever happened to common sense???

    March 1, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  2. CryBabies

    @ Lotto Investor....I feel bad for you, Surviving with only half a brain, at the most. Onto another thought, " Mitt, you're a class act. We could use some integrity and "tough love" in this country.....and look at the buffoons we have.

    March 1, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  3. Anonymous

    "Today we know Obama is intent on resurrecting the depths of recession."

    Of course he is.
    Nothing spells "third term" loss then resurrecting the depths of a recession.
    You really need to update your talking points.
    We all understand you were told Romney was gonna win.
    So we've given you some leadway.
    But, enough is enough, don't you think?
    It's time to move on.
    The election of Barack Obama is over.
    Both his first.
    And his second.

    March 1, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  4. Bermille

    I'm sure Obama would agree about the roller coaster.

    March 1, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  5. Ancient Texan

    Randy,SF- You don't think that $200 Million in slanderous untrue ads run by Obama and Co. early in the campaign had anything to do with Obama's 51% of the vote (not a landslide) victory?

    March 1, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  6. Vence


    March 1, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  7. Peter

    I told him to fire Beth but he tok me for granted just like this establishment!!

    March 1, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  8. bxgrrl

    Who cares what you do you lying, vacuous, pretentious, empty suit.

    March 1, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  9. CP in FL

    Romney is a corporate raider that was only concerned with making money. He wanted to become president so he could further rape and pillage for himself and his rich friends. Romney would sell his own mother to make a buck.

    March 1, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  10. Ed

    Most business people know how to identify problems, work on solutions and work on getting the solutions implemented. Normally they aren't smooth talkers or promise what they can't deliver. Most life-long politicians and activists know that money can solve any problem so as long as they can throw money at a problem the problem is "solved". They are usually smooth talkers and promise anything to anything to get and stay elected – but rarely if ever solve any problems. At this time in our history it was time for a businessman to be president. The voters said no – now they will see if they made the right decision.

    March 1, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    I for one am truly thankful I'll never again be forced to watch Mr. Mittens parade around in his mom jeans and oxford shirts.

    March 1, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  12. Mittens Rmoney

    Obama beat me like a rented mule. But at least my tax returns are still safe from you people.

    March 1, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  13. ronjayaz

    Hopefully we will never hear from them again.

    March 1, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  14. America Suckered Again

    My God, the American public is stark raving stupid. We had an opportunity to elect a man who could actually help this country on so many levels, and instead chose to eschew him in favor of a president who clearly loathes this nation, and all it stands for.... Whatever happened to common sense???
    The American voter did not choose based on who they believe can fix anything. This was obvious. No, the American voter is more swayed by political tricks like class warfare, special interest political gifts and empty promises. We are seeing today that this fixes nothing. The nation will go much deeper into debt and unemployment and poverty will become a lasting feature of American life.

    March 1, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  15. Jewels

    As I understand, he's now advising the Catholic leadership on how to most-efficiently move mass amounts of money off-shore....

    March 1, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  16. Cogsboy

    @Ed – Most successful business become who they are by NOT following the rules. Unfortunately, politics is about getting away with so much while playing by the rules, regardless how much the taxpayer likes/dislikes the rules. Romney didn't come across as someone who can work with others in the context of an environment where the President is not the boss or king. I think if anyone were in favor of a monarchy system where taxation had no representation, it would be Romney. By the way, I've asked my human resources department for "binders full of women" as we are about to increase our staff in the next few months.

    March 1, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  17. rs

    Ancient Texan
    -On the Obama election. Romney's final tally was 47% to Obama's 52% plus. Yes, not a landslide, but note Bush never even got to 50%.
    As to the ads- the accuracy of ads done by Romney or for Romney were no more accurate.
    Face it, America rejected the plutocrat.

    March 1, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  18. Cogsboy

    The GOP never fell in love with Mitt from the get-go. Even Hermain Cain had some moments of glory over Mitt. He was the resolved candidate it was too late to prop him up as the "best" by the time he was nominated. I'm sure he's a swell guy with lots of money, but he never had a strong legacy or had the people believe in him. Humility can go far when trying to win an election. Have an autobiography entitled "No Apologies" and not feeling like he ever made any mistakes in his life (a la Dick Cheney) didn't bode well with the general voting population.

    March 1, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  19. freedom

    @Ancient Texas
    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.

    Totally agree – there would also have been a repeal of Obamacare – which hasn't yet started to strangle the business sector as well as decrease healthcare for everyone – Obama lied!

    March 1, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  20. California Gary

    His analogy that running for the presidency was akin to a thrill ride in an amusement park is unfortunate. It gives the impression that he was just in it for the thrill..........I would hope he was in it for reasons greater than that. While I don't think he was the right man for the job, and didn't have the right policies he wanted to implement, I would like to think his heart was in the right place, it was just his head that was moving in the wrong direction.

    March 1, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  21. Grafknar


    You took the words right out of my fingers.

    March 1, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  22. Sherrie

    Where will people live and where will people get food. That is what going to happen for the ones that don't have jobs. Do we need to buy more guns to protect the food and home that we have. I am tired of hearing Obama blame the Republicans and vice versa. This mess started along time ago, now the people have to pay for it. This absolutely sucks. There is going to be alot of homeless and hungry people, but the government people, the higher up, that have jobs will not have to worry about it, they have money.

    March 1, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  23. PT Barnum

    It's sad to see so many nasty comments. You're guy won people, no sense in being sore winners. I have met Mr Romney and found him to be an extremely devoted person with the highest degree of integrity. Yes, his private equity firm may have executed some deals that hurt a few folks in the short term. In the long run, his deals left an enormous net positive value for many employees and investors alike. Some of whom desperately needed growth and positive return on their investments (ie, public pensions). I believe Mr Romney wanted to do what is best for his country and serve after a successful run in the private sector. I believe Mr Obama wants to do what is best for his country after a successful run in the public sector. Can we stop vilifying those who don't agree with us ideologically? For my democratic liberal friends: yes, our President has flaws – he is tied to wallstreet fatcats (not just a republican problem); he has special interest groups which have received carved out deals; he has not been an effective leader in regards to our budget/fiscal concerns; he tends to "evolve" or change his views on subjects just as much as Romney was accused; he has raised taxes on the middle class even after promising that Obamacare would not. We need strong leadership now more than ever, and I hope Mr Obama can stop playing politics and start looking for solutions. That goes for Republicans as well.

    March 1, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  24. America Suckered Again

    Ancient Texan
    ...Face it, America rejected the plutocrat.
    ...and chose the political hack. Today's 53% of voters get what they deserve with Obama's failures. But the next generation of Americans do not deserve what the 53% of voters have done to them. They will be starting life in a deep, desperate place. It is immoral that we ( as a generation ) are doing this to them. The debt will be insurmountable.

    March 1, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  25. Geordie

    America could have voted for change , real change .., instead they followed the same old drivel of a man who has no executive experience and leadership.
    Just like in the senate when Obama abstained from votes , he is now showing that he is incapable of making the tough decisions.
    Somebody should remind him that he doesn't need to campaign anymore and it is high time that he shows some gumption.

    March 1, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
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