Romney: "I don't care about re-elections"

(CBS News) Mitt Romney said on Sunday that he is not concerned with getting re-elected, and cares only about getting the country "right."

In an interview on "Face the Nation," the presumptive Republican nominee said, "I am in this race because I want to get America back on the right track," adding, "I don't care about re-elections, I don't care about the partisanship that goes on. I want to get America right."

Host Bob Schieffer pushed Romney and asked if he would be OK serving just one term should he be elected.

"Look, I'm going to do whatever I think is right to get America right. But for me this is not about politics," Romney responded. "We're getting very close to a dangerous cliff and we have got to pull back and we've got to work together."

Romney pointed to his time as governor in a Democratic state as proof that he can move beyond partisanship that has tied up Washington in gridlock.

"Heck, I was in a state where my legislature was 87-percent Democrat, and we faced some tough times. We worked together. I didn't get everything I wanted; they didn't get everything they wanted. They got most of what they wanted," he said.

"We've got to have people who are willing to put aside the partisanship, stop worrying about the next elections, and say, 'You know what? We've got to fix the country fast,'" Romney said.

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    Leigh Ann Caldwell is a political reporter for CBSNews.com.

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