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Mitt Romney: "No question" I'd be a better president than Hillary Clinton

Mitt Romney has said he's not running for president in 2016 - but if he were to run and win, he's sure he'd be a lot better at the job than Hillary Clinton.

"No question about that in my mind," the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee told "Fox News Sunday" when he was asked whether he'd make a better president than Clinton.

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Clinton, a former secretary of state, senator, and first lady, has said she has not decided whether she's running, but polls have shown her all but running away with the Democratic nomination if she decides to take the plunge.

"The American people may disagree with me," Romney explained, "But, look, you've got to get this economy going. You have to have people who understand what it takes to create jobs and to help people come out of poverty, to help the middle class to have a better and prosperous future. You've got to have that understanding."

Romney further suggested Clinton lacks the managerial chops to take on the job.

"You've also got to have people who've actually run something," he said. "The government of the United States is the largest enterprise in the world. You watched a president who just doesn't understand how to make an administration work, how to interact with Congress, how to get things done. You have to have those things. I don't think Hillary Clinton has that experience."

And as he has before, Romney linked her record as secretary of state with the president's foreign policies, which he termed a "disaster."

"Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are two peas in the same pod," he said. "And the American people have tasted that and have said, look, that's not a good taste. It's not right for the American people."

Despite the campaign-friendly attack lines, though, Romney shot down speculation that he may take another run at the presidency in the next cycle.

"I've spoken at this time and time again," he said. "I'm not running. I'm not planning on running. I'm going to be helping the person who takes the banner for us."

"There are other good people who I'm sure will be able to lead the country in the future. I wish it were me," he said. "It was a great experience running for president. I loved that. But my time has...come and gone. I had that opportunity. I ran, I didn't win. And now, it's time for someone else to pick up the baton."

Romney has indeed addressed the issue "time and time again," but he hasn't always been as ironclad in denying an interest in another presidential bid.

In an interview last month with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, for example, Romney said he's not interested in launching another campaign, but he allowed that "circumstances can change."

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