Romney: ‘I don’t have a political career’

By David Edwards
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 14:47 EDT
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Mitt Romney speaks to the Republican Jewish Conference
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who has run for public office no less than four times over a period of almost 20 years, denied Wednesday that he had a “political career.”

“I can tell you this: The best hope you have that I will be able to change Washington is that, number one, I have had the experience of leadership and, number two, I’m not a creature of Washington,” Romney told a crowd at the Republican Jewish Conference. “I’m a creature of the private sector, I’m a business guy.”

“I’m not in this because I want the next step in my political career. I don’t have a political career,” he said.

The candidate failed at a bid for former Sen. Ted Kennedy’s (D-MA) seat in 1994, and mounted a successful campaign for Massachusetts governor in 2002. Since leaving office, he has been engaged in a perpetual campaign for the presidency of the United States.

Romney’s desire to appear as a regular American has caused him to make a series of gaffes this year.

In June, he told a group of unemployed people in Florida that he was “also unemployed.”

Returning to Florida in September, the candidate claimed that he was part of the middle class.

Romney told a group of workers at a steel plant in November that federal employees made more than he did.

The former Massachusetts governor has a net worth estimated at up to $250 million.

The latest Federal Election Commission filings put his campaign war chest at $32 million.

Watch this video from CNN, broadcast Dec. 7, 2011.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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