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early and often 2012

Mitt in His Own Words: On Gaffes and True Love

ROCKFORD, IL - MARCH 18:  Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney addresses supporters in an overflow crowd outside the Machine Shed Restaurant March 18, 2012 in Rockford, IL. Romney is campaigning in Illinois three days before that state’s primary elections March 21, when 54 GOP delegates are up for grabs. With Romney in the lead on delegates, fellow candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum continues to compete for the 1,444 necessary to secure the nomination before the last primary, in Utah on June 26.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Mitt Romney went on Hugh Hewitt's radio show yesterday to talk about gaffes and make puns. Here's Mitt in his own words:

On Santorum's comment that Republicans should vote for Obama over Mitt: "Well, I'm afraid Rick is confusing the nature of this race. This race is not about one person. This is a race about the direction for the country. The country is going in a very seriously wrong direction under President Obama. And I’m afraid that Rick increasingly thinks this race is about him. It’s not about him. It’s not about me. It’s not about a personality. It’s about the country."

On his recent 43rd anniversary with Ann: "Staying in love with Ann is about as easy as it gets, and obviously highly rewarding." Ew, Mitt!

On the Etch A Sketch gaffe: "Well, first of all, this wasn’t me speaking. This was Eric. And you know, everybody’s going to make a gaffe now and again. I’ve certainly made my share of them, and I’m sure others will....And I just don’t think that this is going to be a campaign that focuses on small items, toys and things of that nature."

On Jeb Bush's surprise endorsement of Marco Rubio for VP: "[Bush] didn’t mention Marco to me in private. But obviously, there are a lot of terrific people who will be on someone’s list for VP. I hope I’m the nominee that gets to make that choice."

Puns Romney made that he re-referenced, in case anyone missed it the last time: "Well, I joked that desperate polls call for desperate pols."

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Photo: Chip Somodevilla/2012 Getty Images