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New Hampshire

October 2, 2011

Mitt Romney gets down to business

DERRY — Mitt Romney is out of the business world these days, but business is very much on his mind.

Romney wants to help business. In helping business, he thinks the United States will grow jobs and find its way out of the current economic mess.

"I understand how business works and am intent on making this the most attractive place for enterprise, small and large," Romney said. "I want America to be the most pro-business, pro-investment, pro-jobs nation in the world."

Romney, 64, is the former governor of Massachusetts, a man who once led the Olympic games in the U.S. He met with The Eagle-Tribune editorial board for more than an hour last week to talk about his run for president.

Romney admits he is a different candidate than the one who lost to John McCain four years ago in the 2008 race for the Republican nomination.

"You learn from losses," Romney said.

He learned not only from his loss to McCain, but also his loss in a Senate race to Ted Kennedy, he said.

"I'm one of those hard learners," Romney said. "I've got to lose once or twice to figure out what to do right."

What he's learned is that, unlike business, a lot of what happens in politics is out of your control. He's learned, too, to deliver a clear message. Romney said a candidate has to say what he believes, express his convictions, describe his experience.

"If the American people want that group of qualities, then you get elected," Romney said. "If they don't, you don't."

The political lessons have enabled him to, in his words, be a little more calm. He knows he has a great life, a great wife, children and grandchildren who love him. There's always business, too.

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