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After defeat, cloudy future ahead for Mitt Romney

  • Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney arrives to his election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Boston. President Obama defeated Republican challenger former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

BOSTON — Mitt Romney spent the past six years running for president. After his loss to President Barack Obama, he'll have to chart a different course.

His initial plan: spend time with his family. He has five sons and 18 grandchildren, with a 19th on the way.

"I don't look at postelection to be a time of regrouping. Instead it's a time of forward focus," Romney told reporters aboard his plane Tuesday evening as he returned to Boston after the final campaign stop of his political career. "I have, of course, a family and life important to me, win or lose."

The most visible member of that family — wife Ann Romney — says neither she nor her husband will seek political office again.

"Absolutely he will not run again," she told the hosts of ABC's "The View" in October when asked if a loss would mean the end of Romney's political career. "Nor will I."


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