WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney says his heart said he was going to win the presidency, but when early results came in on election night, he knew it was not to be.
The GOP nominee tells “Fox News Sunday” that he knew his campaign was in trouble when exit polls suggested a close race in Florida. Romney thought he’d win the state solidly.
Obama ended up taking Florida and won the election by a wide margin in the electoral vote.
Romney says there was “a slow recognition” at that time that President Barack Obama would win — and the race soon was over when Obama carried Ohio.
Romney says the loss hit hard and was emotional. Ann Romney says she cried.
The former Massachusetts governor acknowledges mistakes in the campaign and flaws in his candidacy.
But he jokes that he did better in his second run for the White House than he did the first time around — when he lost the 2008 nomination to Arizona Sen. John McCain.
He says he won’t get a third crack at it.
Romney says his campaign didn’t do a good job connecting with minority voters, and that Republicans must do a better job in appealing to African-Americans and Hispanics.
He says his campaign underestimated the appeal of Obama’s new health care law to low-income voters.
But he knows that because he lost the race, it’s hard to tell the GOP to listen now to what he has to say about how to improve the party’s message.
The Romneys are living in Southern California now and he’s kept a low profile since the election. He says “you move on” from the disappointment and that “I don’t spend my life looking back.”
Ann Romney says that after the election she was approached by TV’s “Dancing with the Stars,” but declined to join the cast.
She says she’ll be turning 64 soon and “I’m not really as flexible as I should be.”
The interview was taped Thursday and aired Sunday.
'Dancing With the Stars': A Look at Who's Represented
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1. Comedian and radio host D.L. Hughley teamed up with Cheryl Burke for the 16th season of the popular dance show. (Facebook)
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2. Zendaya Coleman teamed up with Valentin Chmerkovskiy for season 16. (Twitter)
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3. Former NFL star won season 14 of the 'DWTS'.
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4. Roshon Fegan danced with the stars in Season 14.
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5. Baltimore Ravens' star Jacoby Jones partners wtih Karina Smirnoff for season 16 of DWTS.
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6. 1st Season - Evander Holyfield was paried with Edyta Sliwinska until 2nd week.
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7. Master P danced with Ashly DelGrosso. Eliminated 4th week.
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8. Jerry Rice danced with Anna Trebruskaya and was 1st runner up.
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9. Vivica A. Fox danced with Nick Kosovich. Eliminated 4th week.
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10. Monique Coleman danced with Louis Van Amstel and was eliminated 8th week.
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11. Emmitt Smith danced with Cheryl Burke and took home the Mirrorball Trophy.
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12. Clyde 'The Glide' Drexler danced with Elena Grinenko. Eliminated 4th week.
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13. Laila Ali danced with Maksim Chmerkovskly and landed in 3rd place.
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14. Floyd Mayweather, Jr. danced with Karina Smirnoff and eliminated week 4.
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15. 10. Mel B danced with Maksim Chmerkovskly and was 1st runner up in the 5th season.
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16. Mario danced with Karina Smirnoff on season six and was eliminated on week 8.
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17. Jason Taylor danced with Edyta Sliwinska on season 6 and was 1st runner up.
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18. Toni Braxton danced with Alec Mazo on season 7 and was eliminated week 5.
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19. Maurice Greene danced with Cheryl Burke and was eliminated on week 8 of season 7
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20. Warren Sapp and Kym Johnson, danced their way to Runner-up in season 7.
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21. David Alan Grier danced with Kym Johnson on season 8 and eliminated on week 5.
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22. Lawrence Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska was on season 8 and eliminated on week 7.
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23. Lil' Kim and Derek Hough was on season 8 and was eliminated in week 9.
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24. Macy Gray and Jonathan Roberts was on season 9 and was eliminated in week 2.
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25. Michael Irvin danced with Anna Demidova was on season 9 and eliminated on week 9
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26. Mya danced with Dmitry Chaplin and was first Runner-Up on season nine.
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27. Niecy Nash danced with Louis Van Amstel on season 10 and was eliminated on week
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28. Chad Ochocinco danced with Cherly Burke on season 10 and was eliminated on week
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29. Rick Fox paired with Cheryl Burke for season 11 was eliminated on week 7.
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30. Brandy was paired with Maksim Chmerkovskly on season 11 was eliminated on week 9
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31. Kyle Massey danced with Lacey Schwimmer on season 11 and was first Runner-Up.
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32. Wendy Williams danced with Tony Dovolani on season 12 and eliminated week 2.
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33. Season 12 -Sugar Ray Leonard danced with Anna Trebunskaya, eliminated week 3.
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34. Romeo danced with Chelsie Hightower on season 12 and was eliminated on week 7.
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35. Hines Ward and partner Kym Johnson took home the trophy on season 12 of DWTS.
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36. Metta World Peace danced with Peta Murgatroyd on season 13, eliminated week 1.
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37. DWTS '12 Gladys Knight,Sherri Shepherd, Jaleel White, Roshon Fegan,Donald Driver
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38. Amber Riley won season 18 of "Dancing with the Stars."
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39. Billy Dee Williams was on season 18 of "Dancing with the Stars."
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40. Corbin Bleu was on season 17 of "DWTS."
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41. NeNe Leakes was on season 18 of "DWTS".
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