Mitt Romney is kicking himself for not running in the 2016 election.
"I get asked on a regular basis, 'Boy, why aren't you running this year?' I ask myself that a lot too. But I did that once," Romney said Wednesday at a summit hosted by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, Politico reports.
The 2012 Republican nominee also said he thinks America is just peachy, a notion he doesn't quite share with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
"Just about every sentence from the measured 2012 Republican standard-bearer offered a study in contrasts with the fiery, bombastic Donald Trump — and it was clear the well-heeled audience missed him, greeting Romney with a standing ovation," wrote Politico's Katie Glueck.
Romney during his speech said America is "the greatest nation in the history of the Earth" and called Americans a great people with characteristics "which will allow America, in my view, to lead the world this century and perhaps beyond."
A few blocks away, Trump was taking part in the opening of his new hotel in downtown Washington.
Romney's focus was legal reform but it seemed as though the former Massachusetts governor couldn't sway from talking politics.
He spoke about the challenges facing this country: education, English and math scores, poverty, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, income inequality, lead militarily, ISIS and the ability of America to compete and seemed disappointed that both presidential candidates hadn't talked much about them in depth.
"There's been almost no discussion of those things I've just described: the national debt and reforming entitlements," Romney said. "Dealing with poverty, dealing with the roots of poverty. We know, by the way, how to eliminate intergenerational poverty, but we don't. We know what it takes to fix education, but we don't. We know what it takes to actually raise wages. This is, as you know, people on the other side of the aisle have made this the centerpiece of their campaigns."
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