The next move: Romneys talk about their future

Mitt RomneyThe enthusiasm displayed by former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney at a gathering of business and political leaders last weekend starkly distinguished him from President Obama. One man thrives performing those activities we hire a president to do — the other apparently loathes them.

Every day seems to bring forth another example that the president seems so disengaged from the responsibility of office that one wonders why he even ran. Even MSNBC “Hardball” host Chris Matthews, arguably Obama’s biggest supporter, took notice.

“What part of the presidency does Obama like?” he asked on his program last month. “He doesn’t like dealing with other politicians — that means his own cabinet, that means members of the congress, either party. He doesn’t particularly like the press.”

And that was just the beginning of the harangue he directed at his hero.

Romney, on the other hand, gathered political and business leaders in Park City, Utah, to discuss their concerns and how they would go about addressing them. And he didn’t just want to hear from those who would echo his own thoughts — he wanted to hear from everyone, from libertarian-GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky to former Obama senior campaign advisor David Axelrod.

What he found was no one’s concerns were being met.

“The priorities Republicans are concerned about, the priorities Democrats are concerned about, are not being addressed,” he said. “And instead, Washington is being pulled in a lot of different directions but not doing what has to be done to get Americans to work in good jobs with better pay and to secure a brighter future for our kids.”

When given the opportunity to comment on scandals plaguing the Obama administration, Romney took the high road.

“I’m not going to just attack the president on this,” he said. “The safety of this country comes first.”

Cavuto tried to play Monday Morning Quarterback with Romney’s 2012 campaign, from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie;s “bromance” with the president to Romney’s own performance, but he wasn’t having it.

“The net result of all of it was, he won, I lost.” he said. “You get over that, you learn from the experience and you move on, and you say, how do you fight for what’s right.”

When asked in a separate interview if he would ever run again, Romney said he would love to, but it isn’t his time, according to Fox-13 in Salt Lake City.

“But I would love to do it again. Are you kidding? I would love to do it and win. But it’s not my time. I had my chance. I expressed my views. I didn’t win. It’s time for someone else now to get in there, and give it their best shot,” he said.

Too bad — opportunity lost.




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