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)

    We have the right man, at the right time, for the job. It's just the way it is folks, so deal with it!

    March 1, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. Mark in Seattle

    I'm just happy that I am not being refered to as "you people". The right Man for the job won!

    March 1, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  3. Kweso

    He lost to Ted Kennedy in 1994, then he lost to John McShame in 2008 and he lost to Obama in 2012. Me thinks he's a borned loser and needs to retire from losing.

    March 1, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  4. Fox Snooze

    So many people think they know exactly what our problems are and what should be happening.
    What I believe is that Romney seemed to say whatever he could to get elected. I never had any idea what he would do as a president. I'm so glad he's not the leader of this Nation.

    March 1, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  5. David Jaffe

    The election is over. Here, have a cookie!

    March 1, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  6. FG

    For a man who didn't want to be president, as stated by his family, why do we care?

    March 1, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  7. Retired USA Captain

    As a lifelong Libertarian with Republican Leanings – always voted Republican and for good common sense. I Despise most of the Demokrats' policies and goals and what they stand for. However, the Republicans achieved the automatic reelection of Obama by postulating a cult-loving idiot that wears magical underwear and believes his god lives in another planet. When things get rough, he'll likely assume the fetal position and pray to his god for a magical fix. The thought of putting in the White House someone that takes seriously such lunacy just gives me the shivers. The lesser of two evils always wins. I feel sad for my Country. After the Great Greenspan Depression of the Millenium, I thought things could not get worse. I was wrong.

    March 1, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. RN

    Glad Mitt lost – we needed an adult in charge, a leader with ideas, intelligence and more integrity tahn exists in the GOP.

    March 1, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  9. rs

    Sure we should definitely have a nation where only the rich can afford healthcare. Do you guys listen to yourselves?

    March 1, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  10. rs

    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.
    And to think, all it took was 20 years of cutting taxes for the rich, 2 unpaid for wars, and an economic crash. I guess that's GOP planning for you....

    March 1, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  11. rs

    "Somebody should remind him that he doesn't need to campaign anymore and it is high time that he shows some gumption/"

    The real problem is that the GOP didn't consider what community orgaizers (as they derisively call him) do is they organize people. In this case the very ones the Republicans ignore, or work against.
    Face it the GOP works FOR the 1%, and their favorite lobbyists, and it doesn't matter what the majority wants. Mr. Obama is TRYING to make the GOP do something, and they keep resisting. It is their political suicide, not his.

    March 1, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  12. Gurgyl

    My advise is just relax in your ranch and work for ordinary Americans. Enjoy.

    March 1, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  13. Pander Bear

    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."

    My God but you are stupid. Obama has been President for FOUR YEARS and you claim he has no experience. But then again you claim that electing Romney would have resulted in real change. Which brings me back My God but you are stupid.

    March 1, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  14. bassman

    Romney makes a really good point. Romney talks about how the Republicans are retrenching after Pres.Obama attacks them on Sequester. Its human nature for anyone being attacked to become defensive. You may remember the picture of former Pres. Bush standing behind Ted Kennedy with his hands on his shoulders. Both are joking about something during the No Child left Behind talks.

    Pres.Obama would never do something like that with John Boehner. Every kindergarten teacher understands you don't motivate by attacking. Mr. Obama has no idea how to lead, other than letting our media carry the ball for him.

    March 1, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  15. Simm

    I agree Geordie, that people had the chance to vote to change the establishment. But sadly, only 1.3% of voters chose Gary Johnson. 98% of voters wanted Obama-like policies, whether signed by Obama or Obama wearing whiteface which is essentially what R vs D left us with.

    March 1, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  16. Homer and Jethro

    To Mitt, the campaign was a thrilling carnival ride, amusing for a while and soon over. To Obama, it was a Presidential Campaign with America's future at stake. Glad Mitt didn't have a chance, because he sure didn't have a plan.

    March 1, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Ancient Texan wrote:

    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?
    The ads could have been shrugged off as meaningless, cheap shots. But, the Romney campaign never substantively denied the accusations in the ads, which was a significant miscalculation because people thought that it must at least be partually true.. What really gave the ads power, however, was the "47%" video. All of that was pure Romney.

    March 1, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  18. lolo

    @Geordie, You wanted a man that tells lies and goes whichever way the wind blows. A man who does not fight for his own principals. Romney is just a puppet. He would have done what ever the republican party said just for them to like him. He is a rich old man who cares about no one but himself. You Republicans and tea partiers are nothing but hypocrits period.

    March 1, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  19. JD

    Although it was a humiliating loss for him (second time around with two bad campaigns) I don't feel too bad for him going back to his piles of money and possessions.

    March 1, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  20. Woman In California

    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.


    Yes, I am still bashing Willard and it's not hard at all, since he's out there "bashing" the president (this week). He lost and can't control his envy of that. A real man would take the beating and move on but we all know he has no idea whatsoever of what being a real man is since everything has always been done for him his entire life. Bottome line: Willard is a lonely man with no vision and no conscience and will ultimately live out his days counting and serving his god of money. Sad existence if you ask me.

    March 1, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  21. Homer and Jethro

    A lot of "buyer's remorse" going on with Mitt fans these days. What did you EVER see in that rich clown? He's horrible.

    March 1, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  22. scottf

    When in Michigan, " I love trees, trees are beautiful, they are all the same height, trees have leaves, I love trees. trees are green, trees need to be watered" Who talks like this on planet earth.

    March 1, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  23. RomNuts

    Mitt who?

    March 1, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  24. James Bond

    May have hurt a few people short term, like the fifty something year olds whos pension he stole? Fool

    March 1, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  25. lovespandas

    Darn shame you didn't win Gov., we wouldn't be in this mess now!

    March 1, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
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