Ann Romney: Government Breach of Trust 'Deeply Troubling'

Thursday, 30 May 2013 02:17 PM

By Courtney Coren

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In her first solo interview since the 2012 presidential election, Ann Romney says the recent scandals have created a "breach of trust" in the country right now that is "deeply troubling."

"There's this breach of trust that we as all Americans feel right now with our government," Romney said Thursday on "CBS This Morning." "If we look at the three scandals that are going on right now -- in particular I saw the polling numbers with how people are upset with the IRS scandal -- we have to trust in our government. ... When we feel like they're breaking our trust, it's deeply troubling.

"It's hard for the American people to sort through [the negativity]," she said. "How do they know who's telling the truth? And that's what I'm talking about, this breach of trust that's going on. Who do we trust?"

Romney also said that she and husband Mitt are rooting for his vice-presidential pick, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, to be the GOP's candidate for the White House in 2016.

While saying there are "some great candidates out there," she said "Mitt and I always are very, very partial to Paul Ryan, but we don't even know if he's going to run."

She said that the hardest part about Election Day last November was that she and her husband really "had expected to win."

She told CBS News that the "most frustrating thing" for her is that she didn't feel like people really got to know Mitt.

In response to a question as to why the GOP candidate wasn't able to attract more women voters, Romney linked it to "the negative nature of the campaign, characterizing my husband as a ruthless businessman, everything that was not seen in a positive light."

But she said, "I really, honestly don't think there's anything that I could have done different," she said. "I really believe that Mitt and I did everything we could and that's why I feel fine about it."

She added that there is no resentment toward New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was criticized by some for acting too "chummy" with President Barack Obama in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which hit just eight days before the election.

"Chris is a great guy," she said. "We love him and it's all good and we have no bitterness toward anyone."

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