Former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told Fox on Sunday that he thinks Americans are having “some buyer’s remorse about President Obama.”
“I’m not sure how they feel about me,” he added. “But that’s kind of irrelevant.”
Romney said the “real question” is “how’s this president doing?”
“And, frankly, they recognize the president has not been engaged. The idea that we have a group known as ISIS or ISIL, that we’ve known about for almost year, where members of Congress have said to the president, prepare for this, get ready for them, make sure they don’t make incursions into Iraq. I mean, we’ve fought long and hard to provide security and freedom for those people,” he continued.
“Yet, the president was too busy on the golf course to pick up the phone and meet with the leaders around the world and to say what happens if? You know, the Pentagon was going through what-if scenarios. But the president apparently wasn’t, hasn’t developed a strategy.”
President Obama is due to announce his strategy in a Wednesday address.
“I don’t know whether you can’t see reality from a fairway, but the president has not seen the reality internationally and domestically. We’ve got, what, 92 million people that have stopped looking for work, that are out of work in this country? It’s unacceptable,” Romney said.
“The American people are struggling, having a hard time. This president’s policies, both at home and abroad, are hurting people and people are responding in the way they review him.”
On his 2012 run, Romney said “there’s no question that I and my campaign made some mistakes.”
“I think it’s going to be a long time before we see a perfect campaign and a perfect candidate,” he said. “Look, I have weaknesses. I don’t get every sentence up perfectly. Sometimes I misspeak.”
Romney said “the opposition did a very good job picking up on those mistakes and just beating the heck out of me, and I didn’t do as good a job as I wish I would have, describing who I am to the American people.”
On the future? “I’m not running. I’m not planning on running.”