Romney: ‘We fought to the very end’

Holly Bailey

ABOARD THE ROMNEY PLANE EN ROUTE TO BOSTON—Speaking to reporters on the final flight of his campaign plane, Mitt Romney admitted his 2012 bid wasn't "perfect," but said he had no regrets.

"I'm very proud of the campaign that we've run. No campaign is perfect," Romney said. "I'm sure like any campaign people can point to mistakes. But that's the mark of anything that's produced by human beings. ... I feel we have put it all on the field. We left nothing in the locker room. We fought to the very end. ... I think that's why we will be successful."

His voice hoarse from days of back-to-back rallies, Romney said this belief has been emboldened by big crowds in recent days—including one that greeted him at the Pittsburgh airport earlier Tuesday.

"I not only think we're going to win intellectually, I feel it as well," he said.

He added that he has so far written just one speech tonight: A "victory speech" that is 1,118 words.

"But I have, of course, a family and a life that are important to me, win or lose," he added.

Asked about a rumor that he might adopt a puppy after the campaign, Romney laughed. "If, assuming I win, one of the benefits would be to get another Weimaraner," he said.