Mitt Romney breaks post-election silence with Fox News

11:58 AM, Mar 1, 2013   |    comments
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(USA TODAY) For the first time since losing the White House to President Obama, Mitt Romney sat down for a TV interview that airs on Sunday.

"We were on a roller coaster, exciting and thrilling, ups and downs," Romney told Fox News, in an excerpt released Thursday night. "And then you get off. And it's not like, oh, can't we be on a roller coaster the rest of our life? It's like, no, the ride's over."

The 2012 GOP presidential nominee and his wife, Ann, have been lying low since the election. They came to Washington a few weeks ago for a luncheon with donors and the annual Alfalfa Club dinner. But there have been no speeches and no opining about the weighty issues gripping Washington.

About the only political statements Romney has made (that we know of) are his comments to donors on a conference call a week after the election, in which said Obama won because he gave "targeted groups" such as women, blacks and Hispanics, "a big gift."

Those remarks were roundly criticized by top Republicans, who are trying to improve their standing with minorities, so it's possible Romney gave Fox's Chris Wallace an explanation.

Catalina Camia, USA TODAY

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