Mitt Romney displayed a stunning lack of awareness during his most recent failed bid to become President of the United States. Between him infamous ’47 percent’ comment and his general inability to understand how America’s rapidly-changing demographics required a more ‘wide net’ approach, the former Massachusetts governor was essentially doomed from the start.
This week, during an interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, Romney acknowledged that he made a lot of mistakes during his run last year.
“We weren’t effective taking our message to minority voters. That was a failing. That was a real mistake,” he admitted.
Specifically, on his 47 percent remark: “It was a very unfortunate statement that I made,” he said. “It is not what I meant. I did not express myself as I wished I would have.
“It was very harmful,” he continued. “What I said is not what I believe. That hurt. There is no question that hurt and did real damage to my campaign.”
Asked how he feels about losing: “It kills me.”
When pressed on how he feels about what is going on in D.C. right now, Romney held nothing back.
“It is very frustrating,” he said. “The hardest thing about losing is watching the golden moment, this critical moment, slip away with politics.
“It is being squandered.”
In particular, Romney criticized President Obama’s handling of America’s most recent self-inflicted wound, the sequester.
“What we’ve seen is the president out campaigning to the American people doing rallies around the country, flying around the country, and berating Republicans and blaming and pointing,” Romney said. “That causes the Republicans to retrench and then put up a wall and to fight back. It is a very natural emotion.”