Romney hopes to remain relevant in GOP

March 3, 2013 at 1:15 PM
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WASHINGTON, March 3 (UPI) -- Mitt Romney said Sunday he hoped to continue to have some influence within the Republican Party despite his loss in the U.S. presidential election.

Romney said on "Fox News Sunday" he did not consider himself to be a leader of the GOP due to his failure to unseat President Obama, but wanted to play a roll in getting the Republicans in position to run the country down the road.

" I look at what's happening right now, I wish I were there," said Romney said. "It kills me not to be there, not to be in the White House doing what needs to be done."

Romney chastised Obama over the so-called sequestration spending cuts. He said Obama "didn't think the sequester would happen" and has resorted to 2012-style campaigning in an attempt to make the Republicans look bad when he should be doing more to mollify his opponents.

"The president has the opportunity to lead the nation and to bring Republicans and Democrats together," Romney said. "It is a job he's got to do and it's a job only the president can do."

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