Mitt Romney is greeted by fellow Republicans at a dinner during the Republican National Committee's Annual Winter Meeting aboard the USS Midway on Jan. 16, 2015 in San Diego.
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March 19, 2015 1:00 PM EDT

Mitt Romney defended his oft-mocked presidential campaign comment about having “binders full of women,” dismissing the notion that it hurt his White House chances after recently opening up about some of his mistakes during the 2012 race.

“That’s pretty straightforward,” the former Massachusetts governor told Yahoo. “It’s a binder, alright, a notebook with resumes of women. I don’t think I lost any votes for that.”

Instead, he said one of his biggest regrets of the campaign was not effectively spreading his message to minority groups in the country. Were he to run again, he said he would spend “a great deal of time taking my message to Hispanic-Americans and to other minority groups in this country—African-Americans, Asian-Americans—and describing why it is that conservative principles are best for them and for their families. That’s something I wish I would’ve spent a lot more time doing.”

Romney said he chose not to run for in because he is “not the best person to carry forward the Republican torch.” He declined to endorse a different Republican candidate.

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