Mitt Romney on the White House: ‘It kills me not to be there’

Posted at 5:57 PM, Mar 03, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-04 11:13:50-05

SAN DIEGO -- Mitt Romney went on Fox News Sunday and spoke for the first time since the election about his unsuccessful campaign for the White House.

Romney sat down for the exclusive interview with Fox News to talk about the mistakes he made on the trail and what it’s like for him to sit on the sidelines now.

In the interview Romney spoke about his feelings when the results came in.

"Well, it's hard,” he said. “It's emotional.  I mean, there was such passion in the people who were helping us, I just felt, you know, we've really let them down”

Ann Romney said the loss was hard for her as well.

“I cried,” she said during the interview. “When you pour that much of your life and energy and passion into something, and you're disappointed by the outcome, it's very -- it's sad.  It's very hard."

Mitt Romney said it’s hard for him to watch the political situation from the sidelines.

"It kills me not to be there, not to be in the White House doing what needs to be done,” he said. “The president is the leader of the nation. The president brings people together, does the deals, does the trades, knocks the heads together; the president leads. And-- and I don't see that kind of leadership.”

Mitt Romney said he is done running for elected office, but he said he plans to continue to help the Republican Party.