November 18th, 2013
10:08 AM ET

Ann Romney Weighs in on Election Loss, Health Care and Pancakes

Ann Romney said she and her husband, 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, had their shot at the White House and it's now time for others to take on the challenge–but didn't totally rule out another run for office.

"We had our turn, we gave it our all," she said in an interview that aired Monday on CNN's "New Day." "Now I feel like it's time to pass the baton on to someone else…I'm looking at my children and I'm thinking they've got to step up. Other generations have to now step up and take over."

"So we'll see, you know you never rule out everything," she added. "But really I don't believe we'll have that opportunity again."

Asked who she'd like to see run in 2016, Ann Romney mentioned Mitt Romney's 2012 running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, as well as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as some of many "qualified, capable people."

One year after the election loss, the Romneys have recently been promoting Ann's new book, "The Romney Family Table," a book that shares recipes and memoirs.

While Ann Romney seems ready to move on from election politics, she still said she'd rather be in the White House with her husband right now rather than back in private life. Mitt, she argued, would be better at handling the economy and the Obamacare rollout debacle.

"I really just would like to be there, I would like to see Mitt there. There are so many things that I would like to have seen been addressed right now," she told CNN's Kate Bolduan.

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On a more light-hearted note, Romney's book includes a recipe for pancakes–the same dish she made for the couple's Secret Service details the morning after Romney lost the election.

"It's a comfort food, and we needed comfort," she said. "My detail had become enormously close friends of ours and we loved them and it was sad moment...So for me, it was just like what do I do? I got to get in the kitchen and cook."

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  1. janice Mancini

    Is CNN a new organization? Told they could keep "their" coverage. I don't think the Romney's need The Affordable Health care act. Have people forgotten that Romney wanted to lower taxes on the very rich and damn the rest of America. Romney gutted companies and he would have gutted America. Why is this News CNN. "Is this good, or is this bad". This was a waste of air time. Why don't you cover the fact that cancellations are only affecting 5 % of Americans. Or that the reason they have to be cancelled is because the coverage they are providing is subpar. If my car has to pass an emissions test, shouldn't health care have a higher standard.

    November 19, 2013 at 6:54 am | Reply
  2. sue

    I'm not a citizen, and could not vote, but thank goodness that the Romney's did not win the last election.
    Cnn New Day 11/18/13 Ann Romney showed her true colors, while trying to promote a Cook Book.
    What a bitter woman she is, you lost get over it.

    November 18, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Reply
  3. Linda

    Dream on Ann. We the majority do not want you or your husband in the white house, nor are we interested in your book. I would not waste a penny of my money on it. You are a disgrace to all working women because you get on TV and state falsehoods. Good ole boy Mitt wanted to end the aca, so stop play acting like you care. Why does CNN give this person any air time period.

    November 18, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Reply

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