'It kills me' not to be president: Romney
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Defeated Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has said it "kills" him to be just another spectator rather than US president as political gridlock paralyses Washington.
"It kills me not to be there, not to be in the White House doing what needs to be done," Mr Romney told Fox News in an interview broadcast on Sunday, his first since losing to President Barack Obama last November.
The former Massachusetts governor blamed the Democratic president for the latest crisis to hit the US capital - the so-called sequester spending cuts totaling US$85 billion (S$105.7 billion) this year.
Mr Romney said Mr Obama is still behaving as if he were in campaign mode, flying around the country to push his arguments on how to reduce the deficit - and blaming Republicans along the way - rather than forging bipartisan consensus.