Mitt Romney, it appears, has recovered from losing the presidential election race last November and is now spouting out again his views on politics. Romney has been relatively quiet since taking a handy defeat against President Barack Obama. The loss embarrassed the Republicans and Fox News, whose analysts had predicted that Romney would win by a landslide.
In an interview with Fox News, his first TV interview since Election Day, Romney chastised President Obama for “playing politics” in his handling of the automatic budget cuts, or sequester. Romney seems to forget that the Republicans, since the start of the Obama presidency, have branded themselves as the party of “no,” hardly allowing themselves to compromise or negotiate on anything.
He said that Obama was “berating Republicans” and “blaming and pointing” instead of running the country. He told Fox News’s Chris Wallace, “That causes the Republicans to retrench and to put up a wall and to fight back.”
“I see this as a huge opportunity and it’s being squandered by politics,” he said. “The hardest thing is watching this golden moment slip away.” He went on to say, “I look at this sequester and also the expiration of the Bush tax cuts as an almost once-in-a-generational opportunity for America to solve its fiscal problems,” he said. “I see this as a huge opportunity and it’s being squandered by politics … by people who are more interested in a political victory than doing what’s right for the country.”
In the interview, Romney spoke of how he lacks “credibility” because he lost the presidential election that was believed by many Republicans he could win. Also his negative comments on “Obamacare,” the national health care law, didn’t help his campaign, he said.
Romney also said he underestimated the appeal of “Obamacare.” He said that he still wants to help the Republicans support all the people in the United States but said, “I’m not going to be telling the Republican Party, ‘come listen to me,’ the guy who lost is going to tell you how to win.”
He went on to say, “We have to do a better job in bringing minority voters in to vote for Republicans … to help them understand why we’re the party with the ideas to make their lives better.”
His wife, Ann Romney, says that she is having a hard time getting over the election loss and that sometimes she cries because she thinks her husband could be performing as a president better than Obama is. “I’m mostly over it, but not completely,” she said. “You have moments where you go back … and feel the sorrow of the loss.”