Mitt Romney

In an interview with Fox News which aired in part on Friday, 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said watching the current dysfunction in Washington over the sequester was the hardest part of losing the election in November and that Washington was letting a “golden moment just slip away with politics.” He referred to the spending cuts which took effect on Friday as a missed “opportunity” for democrats and republicans to come together on a long-term fiscal package and show the American people they could work  to solve the nation’s economic problems:

[box] “I mean I see this as this huge opportunity and it’s being squandered by politics, by — by people who are more interested in a political victory than they are in doing what’s right for the country. And it’s very frustrating, I have to tell you,” he said. “The hardest thing about losing is watching this — this critical moment, this golden moment just slip away with politics.”[/box]

Romney didn’t hesitate to implicate his former opponent Barack Obama in the sequester debacle, blaming the President for campaign style appearances across the country which amounted to little more than finger pointing and blame-game:

[box] “Well, no one can think that’s been a success for the president. He didn’t think the sequester would happen. It is happening. But to date, what we’ve seen is the president out campaigning to the American people, doing rallies around the country, flying around the country, and berating Republicans. And blaming and pointing. Now what does that do? That causes the Republicans to retrench and then put up a wall and fight back. It’s a very natural human emotion.”[/box]

The former candidate also criticized the Obama administration for releasing illegal immigrants of “low-priority” status from Arizona prisons, a move the White House denies having any knowledge of prior to the release:

[box] “I think the president has to act in the interest of the country. And that means if we need an aircraft carrier in the Gulf – and I believe we do, I thought we needed one more – he should do it. I think if there are people who are incarcerated, he should make sure that we’re able to keep them in jail.  It’s politics. It’s, ‘okay, how do we do something that will get a headline that will make it look like those terrible Republicans aren’t willing to come together.”[/box]

Watch Mitt Romney and his wife Anne this weekend on “Fox News Sunday” (3.3.13) at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. ET on Fox News Channel — check local listings for Sunday morning air times.