reports he delivered the message to Obama in an exclusive interview with "World News" anchor Diane Sawyer. Sawyer had asked Romney if he has any message for Obama.
According to Romney, Obama's policies have failed. The Washington Post
reports he said: “I’d say, ‘Mr. President, focus on your policies.' If he looks back honestly and looks at his policies, he’ll say, you know what, his policies have not helped the American people. They have not helped get jobs, they have not helped raise incomes and they’ve added trillions of dollars of debt.”
reports he said: "Obviously we have a very different view. The president, I'm sure, wants another four years, but the first years didn't go so well...He has guided America in the wrong direction, and it's time for us to return to the principles of freedom and opportunity that got this nation where it is today."
Ann Romney, his wife, also delivered a message to Obama. She said: "I believe it's Mitt's time. He is the person who can turn around this economy. So I think it's our turn now."
According to ABC News
, since former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum announced his exit from the nomination race, Romney's campaign has focused attention on preparation for the general election. He has focused attacks on Obama and has also come under attack from the Obama reelection campaign.
Romney is evidently assuming he has secured the GOP nomination. He told Sawyer during the interview that he has taken steps toward searching for a running mate. He said he has selected a trusted aid to head a search committee: “I have selected someone who has been a counselor of mine for a number of years, Beth Myers, she was my chief of staff when I was governor." He told ABC
: "I've asked her to be the person who oversees the process of the vice presidential selection and vetting and analysis, and so she's begun that process and is putting together the kinds of things you need to do to vet potential candidates."
There have been speculations over Romney's likely choice of running mate. U.S. Senator Marco Rubio has been widely mentioned as likely candidate but Romney has not indicated who he has in mind or when he will make his pick. He said: "It would certainly be by the time of the convention. I don't think we've chosen the time we'd actually make an announcement." He added: "I think it's way too early to begin narrowing down who the potential vice presidential nominees might be...But we're beginning that process."
In response to criticism that he is a millionaire out of touch with the circumstances of ordinary voters, Romney said: “We don’t divide America based upon success and wealth and other dimensions of that nature. We’re one nation under God...This is a time when people of different backgrounds and different experiences need to come together. I happen to believe that I’m by far the best qualified in this race between myself and President Obama."
When Sawyer asked Romney about Obama's recent call that he release 12 years tax returns, Romney said pointedly that he has no plans to comply. He said: “The president is going to try and do everything possible to divert from the attention being focused upon his record as president and the failure of his economic policies. So he’s going to try to make this campaign about the fact that I’ve been successful, that I’ve made a lot of money."
He also responded to claims that he switched from a pro-abortion position as governor to an anti-abortion position as presidential candidate. Romney merely stated once again his pro-life position, saying he wants the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade. He said: “I would love the Supreme Court to say, ‘Let’s send this back to the states.’ Rather than having a federal mandate through Roe v. Wade, let the states again consider this issue state by state."