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Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Ann Romney gave her first solo interview since the November election on Thursday, weighing in on the recent scandals hitting the White House, as well as 2016 presidential politics, saying that she and husband Mitt Romney are “very partial” to his former running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

“There are some great candidates out there and I think Mitt and I always are very, very partial to Paul Ryan, but we don’t even know if he’s going to run. But there are some good candidates,” Romney said on CBS News’ This Morning.

Romney called the scandals facing the Obama administration “deeply troubling,” including the IRS’ targeting of conservative tax-exempt organizations.

“I think it’s hard what the country is going through right now,” Romney said. “There is this breach of trust that all Americans feel right now with our government. … We have to have trust in our government, we have to believe that they are doing right for us. When we feel like they are breaking our trust, it’s deeply troubling.”

She said both she and her husband have “no regrets” looking back at the campaign, but the “most frustrating” thing for her is that she thinks many Americans didn’t see who her husband really is because of how “negative” the campaign became in the primary and the general elections, again comparing it to the slate of scandals.

“It’s really hard and it’s hard for the American people to sort through it,” Romney said. “How do they know who is telling the truth and that’s what I’m talking about, this breach of trust that’s going on. Who do we trust? Who do we believe? Where do we turn to know what’s really true?”

Despite some other Republicans’ anger with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s praise of the president in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, days before the November election, she said they have “no regrets, none for anybody, people have no idea what goes on behind the scenes, but things are made into bigger things than people think.”

“Chris is a great guy. We love him and it’s all good and we have no bitterness towards anyone,” Romney said.

And when asked about Christie’s recent weight-loss surgery, she said with a smile, “Good luck to him. I hope it works.”

Wearing a bright-blue dress, Romney said she is “very happy” and “my life is wonderful, I am full of joy,” despite the election loss.

“I really believe that Mitt and I did everything we could and that’s why I feel fine about it. We just did whatever we could. We left it on the table,” Romney, 64, said, adding that Romney has been the “most extraordinary husband this winter,” accompanying her as she gets back to horseback riding.

She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998 and breast cancer 10 years later.

“I’ve been doing what I’ve been dying to do for a very long time which is ride a lot and I’ve been competing a lot and showing a lot and Mitt’s been there supporting me and coming with me and watching me and helping me,” Romney said, adding that he has also been writing and “doing a lot of travel with me.”

The interview did cover the campaign and Romney said that even as things started to look bad for them, there were people, including GOP political consultant Karl Rove, who told them to keep hanging on.

“He’s [Rove] like, ‘Don’t give up, don’t give up. We are going to win Ohio and it’s going to turn around,’” she said. “And things just didn’t follow the way we thought it was going to happen.”

When asked about criticism of the campaign, Romney told Charlie Rose it would have been nice to have “a crystal ball” and possibly “done things a little differently,” but that “every campaign makes mistakes, both sides make mistakes.”

As for whether she could see any of her five sons following in the footsteps of her husband, she paused and said, “I’d really have to think about it, I would.”

“It’s a very different environment right now, it’s a very tough environment to be involved right now,” she added, “and I think that’s a sad commentary.”

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Mar 012013

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Mitt and Ann Romney will appear in a pre-taped interview on Fox News Sunday airing March 3, marking the first TV appearance by Mitt since the 2012 Republican presidential nominee conceded the election in the early morning hours of Nov. 7.

Among other things, anchor Chris Wallace asked the couple about their lives over the past four months after having been in the media spotlight since Mitt announced his intention to seek the GOP nod in June 2011.

Mitt tells Wallace, “We were on a roller coaster, exciting and thrilling, ups and downs.  But the ride ends, and then you get off.  And it’s not like, ‘Oh, can’t we be on a roller coaster the rest of our life?’  It’s like, ‘no, the ride’s over.’”

Ann equated the experience to the couple’s work for the Mormon Church, having been in high positions of power and then “you’re released and you’re nobody…it was an amazing thing, and it was really quite a lot of energy and a lot of passion and a lot of — a lot of people around us and all of a sudden, it was nothing.”

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Nov 112012

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — On Friday morning, Mitt Romney and his wife Ann drove themselves to campaign headquarters in Boston. Gone were the secret service detail and the motorcade that had trailed them in the final months of the campaign. Instead of the long lines of supporters waiting to see them, there was now a line of dozens of staffers outside Romney’s office door; some waiting to shake his hand, others looking for a quiet moment with the Governor after a loss that stunned a confident campaign Tuesday night.

One Romney staffer said the line easily reached a hundred employees Friday as the former presidential candidate ate pizza out of the box in his office. Mrs. Romney wore jeans and a sweater. The Romneys came to headquarters every day after the election after telling staffers they would do anything they could to help them find their next job.

Their pledge to help came just hours after the loss Tuesday night. Romney called a staff meeting at headquarters the next morning. With emotions still raw from the night before, Romney and his wife arrived to deafening applause and chants of “Mitt, Mitt, Mitt.” As workers wiped away their tears, one staffer said Romney was clearly moved and that Mrs. Romney cried as they stood before the team.

Campaign manager Matt Rhoades told the Governor and his wife, “We would rather lose with you than win with anyone else,” sources said.

Romney’s top advisers were convinced they had a solid shot at the presidency right until the end. Pointing to their internal data and their swelling crowds, Romney and his team believed the state polls were overestimating President Obama’s standing given Romney’s support among independents and what they believed was an enthusiasm gap favoring Republicans.

In the days after defeat, a source close to Mrs. Romney said she described the moment she walked onto that stage on election night as ‘surreal.’ The source added Mrs. Romney wondered to herself, ‘Are we really conceding?’ In fact, it was Mrs. Romney who remained most optimistic as returns started pouring in. She was playing with her grandchildren and received updates from others whose eyes were trained on the television screen.

In the hours after his concession speech, Mitt Romney offered praise for his top advisers and donors who gathered at breakfast. According to a source at the breakfast, there was a standing ovation for Rhoades and applause for Mitt’s ‘Body Man,’ Garrett Jackson, who was by Romney’s side throughout the campaign. Jackson often captured and tweeted images of the Governor during private moments that spread at lightning speed among Romney’s supporters. Among the images was a smiling Romney backstage watching his wife address millions of Americans from the Republican National Convention.

Romney also thanked top strategists Stuart Stevens, Russ Schriefer, Eric Fehrnstrom, and Beth Myers who led the effort to select a vice-presidential candidate. Donor Sheldon Adelson was also cheered, as was Romney’s National Finance Chairman Spencer Zwick.

When asked about the President’s overture to Mitt Romney during his victory speech on election night, a source close to Romney was unsure if Romney would accept the President’s invitation adding Romney is still ‘tender,’ and bruised by the Obama campaign’s portrayal of him, particularly his tenure at Bain Capital.

Even many of those closest to Romney don’t know what he’ll do next. The Romneys are expected to travel to their San Diego home to spend time with family. Many expect Romney’s focus to include board work and the Mormon Church.

On Saturday, Romney sent a note thanking campaign supporters, “This was more than just a campaign, this was a national movement,” he wrote. Romney did not specifically reference his loss to President Obama. “We still believe that better days are ahead,” Romney wrote.

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Nov 062012

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(BEDFORD, Mass.) — Mitt and Ann Romney cast their ballots Tuesday morning in Bedford, Mass., where the candidate remarked that he’s feeling “very good” about his chances on Tuesday.

They arrived at their polling station just before 9 a.m.  As they left, Mitt Romney was asked who he voted for.

“I think you know,” he responded.

Mitt Romney will travel to Ohio and Pennsylvania on Tuesday for last-minute campaign stops, while Mrs. Romney hangs back in Boston.

When asked about his chances in the crucial Buckeye State, he said, “I feel great about Ohio.”

The Romneys, accompanied by their son Tagg, were greeted by chants of “Romney! Romney!” and a sign that read “Mitt and Ann Enjoy Your New White House.”

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Nov 052012

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(FAIRFAX, Va.) — Ann Romney may already be daydreaming about life in the White House, asking a huge crowd in northern Virginia Monday if they thought she and her husband might be moving to neighboring Washington come January.

“Are we going to be neighbors soon?” Mrs. Romney asked a roaring crowd of 8,500.

“It’s so exciting to have walked into a room like this and get greeted like that,” she said. “But the thing you don’t know: There’s as many of you outside as inside right now. And that’s the momentum we have been feeling. It’s not just in Virginia. It’s all across this country. And that’s what leads me to believe that I am standing next to the next president of the United States!”

Mitt Romney also seemed taken aback to the enthusiasm of the crowd, comparing it to a welcome pop stars might receive.

“I’m looking around to see if we have the Beatles are here or something to have brought you, but looks like you came just for the campaign and I appreciate it,” he said.

“You know, if anyone wants to know where the energy is — if anyone out there that’s following American politics wants to know where the energy is just come right here in this room and you’ll see it,” he added.

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