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Romney Regrets '47 Percent' Remark

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By    |   Thursday, 06 Jun 2013 05:30 PM

Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney says he regrets saying that 47 percent of voters were lost because they depend on government, admitting it hurt his campaign.

"I was very upset. There were a number of times I said things that didn't come out right," Romney said in an interview aired on CNN on Thursday. "Now and then things don't come out exactly the way you want them to come out, they don't sound the way you thought they sounded."

But Romney was quick to put all the blame on himself and not others. He said New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's embrace of his rival, President Barack Obama, after Hurricane Sandy slammed the state just days before the election wasn't to blame for his loss. Nor was Clint Eastwood's choice to talk to an invisible Obama in an empty chair at the Republican National Convention.

"Clint didn't hurt my campaign," Romney said. "I hurt my campaign a couple of times."

And the hurricane gave Obama a chance to look presidential, which is an advantage of incumbency, he said.

"You don't look back at each little thing and how could that have been different," he said. "You look forward."

Romney even refused to say that the IRS targeting of conservative groups was kept secret to hurt his chances.

"The election was close enough in the outcome with, what, 4 percent difference between the two campaigns, that a number of things could have changed the outcome," he said.

Romney said the party learned lessons from his mistakes. The party should do a better job of registering Republicans and getting people to the polls, he said. "And … the next person who is our nominee has to do a better job than I did at connecting with minority voters, getting more support from minority families and with families that are hoping to make it into the middle class."

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