In his first extensive interview since losing the Presidential election to Barack Obama, Mitt Romney told Chris Matthews this morning that he only has himself to blame for not taking the White House.
“I lost my election because of my campaign," Romney said on Fox News Sunday. "Not because of what anyone else did."
Romney cited his failure to win over African-American and Hispanic voters, while also zeroing in on his "47 percent" comments as being detrimental to his bid.
Admitting that it "kills" him not to be President, Romney also had a few choice words for the man who is:
"He didn’t think the sequester would happen," he said. "It is happening. To date, 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.
"Now, what does that do? That causes the Republicans to retrench and to put up a wall and to fight back.”
Ann Romney, meanwhile, was not as deferential about the basis for her husband’s defeat. She squarely pointed a finger at the fourth estate.
“It was not just the campaign’s fault," Ann told Fox News. "I believe it was the media’s fault as well, in that he was not being given a fair shake, that people weren’t allowed to really see him for who he was. I’m happy to blame the media."
She then concluded by focusing on the same current issue plaguing the government:
"I totally believe at this moment, if Mitt were there in the office, that we would not be facing sequestration right now."