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And hello again from Fox News in Washington.
They were in the spotlight for years speaking to a big crowds and tracked by reporters.
But since their defeat for months ago -- and -- Romney have gone silent.
That is until now.
This way please go to San Diego to sit down with the Romney is for -- first interview since the campaign.
We talked about why they lost.
But they make of the mass here in Washington.
And how they're dealing with a life they didn't expect to be leading that.
Take me back to Election Day November 6 is -- true.
That you both thought going -- you were gonna win but Fisher did I think -- it'll actually was thinking that it was possible we couldn't he knew how close it was.
But my heart and my whole soul was where where can win I was there.
Yeah I think we were convinced that we would win.
We saw that the polls were very close but we knew that the energy and passion was with our voters and my heart that we were gonna win.
The crucial swing state of Virginia the commonwealth where the race is excruciatingly.
The return started coming in and they were not what you expected.
What were your thoughts.
The exit polls came out first and suggested that it was going to be very close in Florida and we thought we'd win solidly in Florida so it was increasingly clear that this was going to be.
With the best case scenario -- night.
When did you know you had lost the presidency it was a slow recognition until ultimately when the Ohio numbers began coming in.
And they were disappointing.
I said look this looks like we've lost what is certain some people set all look -- this number here comes in -- you can win but.
You know by 8 or 9 o'clock it was pretty clear that we were not gonna win.
And and what was that -- line.
Well it's it's hard it's it's emotional I mean there was such passion.
In the people who are helping us I just felt you know we've really let him down.
Yeah I was -- rushing disappointment.
Not for us our lives are gonna be fine.
It's for the country is it true you begin to crime I -- of course yeah.
There -- just point.
Cry for one.
-- it not again it's not sorrow for oh my gosh you know in our life -- you know this this dream.
Did -- green was to make a difference between was to serve.
-- you called the president when he came downstairs and you've delivered your formal concession.
I so wish that I have been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction.
But the nation shows another leader.
And so and I joined with you to earnestly pray for him and for this great nation was all the people -- would help.
That kind of -- Kindle but my mind besides.
Got to speak and I look around that room and I saw the people who were there and I believe I -- made a difference for the people of this country.
And you think gosh I I just haven't been able to get the job done and it was there's very hard.
In a flash.
It was a -- Secret Service the crowds the intensity that minute by minute schedule and suddenly.
-- -- -- It's an adjustment.
You know in it's -- seen in our church were used to serving and you know you can be in a very high position.
Did you recognize -- serving in the opposite you released in your your nobody and we used to that it's like we came and stepped forward to serve.
That the good news says fortunately we like each other.
And we like being with each other.
Our life you know life is is the life we have with -- each other.
And with five sons five daughters in law and twenty grandchildren but -- -- how life that's who we -- but -- like -- when -- suddenly the Secret Service -- it's it's different.
But it's like you know riding on a roller coaster we were on a rollercoaster exciting and thrilling ups and downs.
But the ride ends and then you get off and it's not like oh OK we've been a roller coaster the rest of her life like.
Know -- rides over.
So let me ask you about the months.
Where they're tears.
Out for me yeah.
I I I cried when you pour that much if your life and energy and passion to something.
And you're disappointed.
By the outcome -- it's very it's sad it's very hard.
Governor second guessing.
You know you look back at the campaign and say okay what does the president do well and you you acknowledge that this campaign did a number of things very effectively.
Of course you rehearse all the mistakes that you made and I went through a number of my mistakes I'm sure -- -- you think about the things -- out of our control.
But that you move on I mean -- I don't spend my life looking back it's like OK what what -- -- do next.
-- and we begin to see random pictures of view pumping figure -- -- gas for their hair messed up.
Hugging and in the kitchen.
Hanging out with the kids is -- -- did did you have a plan or were you just trying to get through the death.
-- we're just living her life.
And obviously people would see us in various places -- walking along the beach or in this case they're getting gas for the car.
And they take out their cell phones and take a picture none of those were done by professional photographers.
Or I might have been a comb my hair critical to see them coming up.
But -- just living her life.
-- as we sit here.
Had he gotten over the defeat quarter is that gonna take more time.
I think it takes time I think I'm.
Mostly you know if that's the great princess -- -- mostly did.
Mostly over it but not not completely at you have moments where you you know go back in and -- -- -- at the Lawson.
-- so yeah I think we're.
Not mostly -- yet.
A week after the election governor you out of conference call with top donors.
In which you sad that you blame your defeat on the president giving away things.
Disapprove of the political.
To strategy which is give a bunch of money -- the government do they do it grew.
And guess what the -- Korea.
To some people it sounded like the remark you made your campaign about 47% of Americans.
Looking for hand -- the president had the power of incumbency.
Obama care was very attracted a particularly those without health insurance.
And and they came out -- large numbers to vote so that was part of a successful campaign but it's fairly or not you know a lot of Republican leaders roasted used for those remarks.
Iowa governor Branstad my feeling is we need to turn the page GOP strategist Ed Rogers he you.
Can exit the stage any time and no one.
Did that hurt did you feel in a sense you were being pushed out of the party I'm not gonna second guess and other people have to say look I don't look back and look forward.
Never like hit and and I never like it and I you know I like -- she line when it comes to defending nit and I know I know his heart I know his abilities.
I know he would've been a fabulous president and I mourn the fact that he's not there.
And it would've been.
It would have been much better for America -- believe in my heart that if he had been there right now.
We're gonna talk to your husband separately you're gonna have to disappear for a minute but I want to ask mrs.
-- a few questions.
-- that's going to be that's going to be hard Fahrenheit well I thought back at.
I'll say nothing.
Why do you think he lost.
I think they had a better ground game and I think we were not aware you know we we certainly had the passion coming from our side.
And nothing we weren't we are as aware of the past it was coming from the other side I think we we were a little blind sided by the.
Do you think that the to a view that all contributed to this image which the -- -- certainly played up.
That you were so wealthy that you were somehow out of touch with the concerns of the average American.
And you know that's at the -- of reality that you know you can't change -- mean we are who we are.
The thing that was frustrating to me is that people didn't really get to -- -- for who he was.
Well I want to pick up on that because there were reports that you and your oldest son tag.
We're frustrated with the Romney campaign that they didn't quote let Mitt be Mitt that they didn't let him show.
-- more open.
Compassionate side true.
Well -- -- of course I it was partly it's true but it was not just the campaign spot I believe it was the media's fault as well.
Is that he was not giving being given a fair shake people weren't allowed to really see him for who he was right what about the media.
And kept it going the media.
What do you think the media was in the tank for Barack Obama.
I think that it's any time you're running for office you always think that -- being portrayed unfairly and you know we of course on our side believes that there's more biased.
In favor of the other side.
I think that you know that's a pretty universal.
Opinion what do you think of the campaign the Barack Obama ran.
I think obviously it was a winning campaign it it worked.
If it was fair now.
In what way.
-- -- of my husband.
You know he is.
Wonderful her she got -- -- -- by half and you know and he I mean he really is a self.
List person that really truly cared about the American people.
He truly cares about making a difference and about helping others and for him to be portrayed in in in in a very negative light in -- in another way.
Was was very heart he has enormous skill sets.
In dealing with difficult issues and I totally believe.
At this moment -- net worth there in the office that we would not -- -- -- -- station.
What is your life like that what are you doing how do you spend your debts governor you -- -- you can talk.
My turn -- Jessica we've renamed our foundation and the Romney foundation for children.
We're gonna help the very poorest kids in the world really help kids in this country with disease and great difficulty.
And and that's taking more more part time.
We got a chance to spend more time with the grandkids.
We just had twins born as you know and and being with them wasn't a thrill.
Have to them.
Clear up a couple of rumors.
Were you approached by dancing with the start ups up and -- up.
Did you consider -- consider it I would I would I love the show and why aren't you going to be out there doing -- -- adult -- a well you know yeah.
I'm depressed you know that and I haven't yet I would've loved to have done -- yet and I am turning 64.
And I started thinking about it and Mike.
And really as flexible as I said that.
And now I know I understand -- -- is bent to act and I thought all my gosh am I glad I didn't do best.
And -- got to compete against or if they.
At the Republican Party approach you about running for John Kerry's senate's now that's not -- I'm sure no they didn't approached me I don't think I think there was.
-- thought that wouldn't that be fun for for and to do that unlike.
Wanna consider how fun it would be for me.
The fact that.
Not a chance not a chance.
I I'm I'm enjoying life and tell us about the grand children.
And your involvement with them -- with them constantly it's -- life.
-- -- -- And it's virtually every day we see that -- the one grandchild or another every every day we.
To go to Disneyland we took them snow skiing and then our son sons Matt and -- Live close to an open space area we throw the ball for the dogs.
-- played sports for the kids they like kicking balls.
Hitting baseball park you know we do the things it grandparents are expected do with grandkids.
Looking back ends.
And and now how do you both feel about what.
You've been through and where you are now I wish everyone could have just -- -- our pockets gone with us and seeing what we had seen.
And what you see when you see that at the heart of the American people I leave you know discouraged.
By the upcoming election but also optimistic.
About America and because of the people that live here -- and it's amazing.
Governor it was an exciting thrilling experience.
And -- it didn't and the way we wanted to.
But the experience itself was magnificent -- -- tough days absolutely.
Whether exhilarating days yet even more of them and so I -- -- one of the great life experiences anybody.
Would would -- you can you imagine to be more fantastic than being able to run.
For president of the United States.
And is the one thing works -- it didn't work well when I expect yes where it but but but the expert.
But two years and we've done it twice.
Two years I've -- he's seen the American people.
It's a great.
Thrilling experience of a lifetime that we will obviously cherish a -- throughout our lifetime.
When we come back what last Mitt Romney about his frustration as -- as Washington trapped in fiscal gridlock.
And he talks world literally that he ever -- about why he thinks he -- the president.
After our interview would both Romney is we sat down alone with the governor.
We talked about the campaign and how President Obama has dealt with the nation's problems since his re election.
But we started with why anyone should listen to Mitt Romney.
Before we get to current events what role do you -- for yourself what.
-- wanna play in the Republican Party.
What role do you -- -- have in the national today.
Well I recognize that lost so I'm not gonna be that the leader of the Republican Party other people will take that that mantle.
But I wanna have influence on getting our party -- position where we can be successful in solving the problems the country has.
You must know that there are a lot of people in the party who still blame you.
For losing the race they think that the Republicans could have won it in 2012.
To a certain degree when you hear about the re branding.
Aren't people saying they want -- distance the party from you.
Well I recognize that as the guy who lost the election.
I've not in the position to tell everybody -- -- called -- an -- that I got to listen and I don't have the credibility to do that anyway but I still care.
And and I still believe that there are the principles that we need to stand for now look at what's happening right now I wish I were there.
It kills me not to be there not to be in the White House doing what needs to be done.
The president as the leader of the nation's president brings people together does that deals doesn't trades -- their heads together the president leads and and I don't see that kind of of leadership happening what does -- president do.
Well he's -- he's the only one.
They can say it to his own party look you guys I need you on this and get some Republicans -- -- If you pull off one by one we don't have to have these these gridlock -- one after the other on issue after issue.
And -- it's gonna take real leadership and people in both parties willing to put aside.
And start fighting for national victories so let me ask you specifically how do you think the president has handled.
The sequester the 85 billion dollars an automatic spending cuts will no one can think that that's been a success for the president.
He didn't think this -- question what happen it is happening today what we've seen is.
The president about campaign to the American people doing rallies around the country flying around the country and parading Republicans and blaming -- -- now what does that do.
That -- the Republicans it to retrench.
And that put up a wall in the fight back is a very natural human emotion.
You know when I was elected governor of my state I had a legislature.
It was not lost on me that to get anything done I couldn't be attacking them.
I had to find ways to to reach out to them the president.
It has the opportunity.
To lead the nation and to bring Republicans and Democrats together its job he's got to do and it's a job only the president can do.
During the last presidential.
Debate you brought up the effect that the sequester would -- on the military.
And the president said this question is not something that I proposed something the congress has proposed it will not have your thoughts not you are wrong.
Two fronts that there should be a deal done here and it should be not just -- the short term sequester issue.
But dealing with the long term fiscal challenge is an American past.
This is an opportunity I shot look at the sequester and also the expiration of the bush tax cuts as an almost once a generational opportunity.
For America to solve its fiscal problems.
If we do that we can -- -- -- -- -- -- it competitive globally.
And America can lead that the that the world for the coming century and I see this is this huge opportunity.
And it's being squandered.
But by people who were more interested in a political victory than they are doing what's right for the country and it's very frustrating I can tell you the hardest thing about losing.
Is watching this this critical moment this golden moment.
Just slip away with politics.
The Obama administration is right now releasing hundreds.
Illegal immigrants who have been slated for deportation.
Because they say they can't afford to -- them.
What do you think of that.
I think the president has to act in the interest of the country.
And and that means if we need an aircraft carrier in the in the gulf -- I believe we we do I thought when you do one more that he should do it.
I think if there are people who are incarcerated.
He should make sure that that that were able to keep them in jail -- using.
The sequester as an excuse is in in my opinion that the wrong way to go look it's again it's.
It's politics it's okay how do we do something that would get a headline.
The will make look like those terrible Republicans are willing to come together I understand from Paul Ryan and I spoke with him just a day or two ago.
That that he's put forward a proposal to give the president flexibility in moving money between account so we're gonna bring the spending down but.
But where you're you're gonna get Mr.
President the chance to.
Make sure that we don't have long lines at the airport.
Are we don't.
And it doesn't says he doesn't want the flexibility at and why.
What why would you not want to have the flexibility to do what you think is right for the country the only -- the comes back is that there may be more interest and showing pain and -- see what the other guys did look this is the country.
And -- it.
This is this is America we're talking about at a critical time.
And and you know.
Nero was his fiddling.
To -- it's it's it c'mon guys focus on I'm getting America.
Through a difficult time -- on the track to remain the most powerful and strong nation in the history of years.
And put people back to work.
The one issue in Washington where the president and Republicans seem to be coming together.
Is immigration rules warm and one big reason everybody Grady is because the president hammered -- among Hispanic voters did you make.
A political mistake in the campaign when you talked about.
And what do you think of the idea that the gang -- -- in the senate is coming up where it that would allow the eleven men million illegals.
Status basically a legal status in this country even before any increase in -- People who have come here illegally should not be given a special pathway to permanent residency or citizenship in this country merely because they've come here illegally.
So I have that position but I understand others have different positions others of my party do.
And and and to finally resolve this issue is gonna require people of differing views to come together and see if there could be some compromise or some common ground.
And that and I hope that happens I believe that will happen.
This prince need to the campaign and and I want to ask you about several issues and what role you think they played in your deceit will be nice if governor Romney would exercise leadership.
Funny his former staff and his major donors to take falsehoods off the air.
Did the long bitter primary -- Force you to move further to the right and end up hurting you in the general election.
The idea that somehow it -- -- -- that the primary made me become more conservative that I was just isn't isn't accurate.
On the other hand along -- blistering primary where people are attacking one another.
And where the attack sometimes are not on the mark but are creating an empathy and -- and favorable impression those things are not helpful.
As some of the debates for instance you get asked questions that are kinda silly.
Then -- hurting you in the general so so remember the famous question enough.
If you get ten dollars of cost savings for -- only one dollar tax increase would you go along with that -- you raise your hand -- -- just feel so strongly about not.
Raising taxes you'd walk away on the ten to one do you.
-- That's a good question why not be the one who stands up their raises your hands and of course it was time for one until it.
Again because if you said that you're not gonna raise taxes and it's -- Romney's change his position he said he wouldn't raise taxes now -- saying -- well he's changed his position.
This is but you would have accepted.
Ten dollars and spending cut any of one dollar revenue -- that's that's a fairy tale because no -- is gonna give you ten dollars in spending cuts for a dollar revenue increased.
You've got -- if you're going into a negotiation.
You've got to stand for your position no they're gonna stand for there's and then recognize that there's going to be some compromise the 47%.
And George will said you've got a problem.
When voters don't like -- you've got a real problem when voters think you don't like.
Yeah -- was a very unfortunate.
The statement that I made it's not what I meant.
I didn't express myself as I wished I would have.
You know when you speak in private.
You don't spend much time thinking about how something could be twisted and distorted it and could come out wrong and be used but you know I did and it was very harmful.
What I said is not what I believe.
Obviously my whole campaign my whole life has been devoted to helping people all the people I care about all the people the country.
But -- -- that hurt there's no question that hurt and did real damage to my campaign.
It just before the election.
Hurricane -- and Chris Christie and New Jersey governor's embrace.
Literally and figuratively a President Obama almost about.
You know like I don't think that so wide the president won the election my campaign had that kind of stop we're in the last week.
And -- this was a time we were -- we're getting ready to hammer hammer hammer message we had to stop but.
As for Chris Christie -- what he thought was the best for the people of the state.
On and hours as we sit here right now.
Do you wish he'd been a little less effusive in his support of Obama which made him seem more presidential I'm -- -- -- worry about how.
The Chris it was doing what he thought was best for the people of this state.
I lost my election because about the campaign not because of what anyone -- looking back how do you rate yourself as a presidential candidate.
Well I see my mistakes and I see my flaws and.
And did better this time that did the time before -- cut and I don't get a third chance of not doing it again that weakness that our campaign ad that I had as we weren't effective and it taking my message primarily -- minority voters to Hispanic Americans African Americans other minorities.
That was a real weakness.
We did very well with the majority population but not -- minority populations and and that was it that was a failing.
It was a real mistake.
Why do you think that laws while it I think the Obama care.
Attractiveness and feature was something we underestimated.
-- particularly among lower incomes.
And and we just didn't do this as good job connecting with that audience as we shouldn't what does the Republican Party need to do.
To reach out and attract more -- Well first of all I lost.
And so I'm not going to be telling the Republican Party come listen to me the guy who lost to see -- totally unaware it was just a -- but but of course but but among those ideas.
But it clearly.
We have to do a better job bringing minority voters -- Both Republicans.
And and that's Hispanic Americans African Americans of the minorities we've got to do a better job taking our message to them to help them understand.
Why we're the party with the ideas that will make their -- better finally this interview.
In a sense it is your return.
To the national stage that after everything you've been through.
Why do you want to get back in the day.
Well I'm not gonna disappear.
I'm not running for office I don't have a a big organization that's out speaking in my behalf but I care about America.
I care about the people that can't find jobs I care about the fact that.
We're racking up larger deficits and -- -- the apparel of of the future generation very much and in play.
I really care about this country -- but.
-- twenty grandkids the kind of America they're gonna -- and and sitting on the sidelines when it went so much is at stake is just not in my nature.
Governor thank you thanks Chris -- -- be with you.
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