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June 6th, 2013
05:54 PM ET

Mrs. Romney on sons running for office: Don't do it

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney sits on the sidelines now, hoping to mentor the next batch of presidential hopefuls. He offers some playful advice.

"Don't make any mistakes," Romney said with a laugh. "The funny thing is everyone says, 'Be spontaneous, don't act like you are being crafted.' Well, today, everything you say is being captured by video, or hand held camera ... so jokes for instance will get you in trouble."

Read "Mitt Romney to CNN: Rice appointment disappointing" here.

Asked if she would want any of her children run for public office, Ann Romney told CNN she was uncertain.

"I would hesitate – I think it is a very tough thing to do. I think it's a huge sacrifice and I think it is very hurtful many times for the spouse to have to watch the kind of abuse that you know you have to go through. So I'd really have to measure that and think about it and think about the individual circumstance," said Mrs. Romney.

There had been talk of Mitt and Ann Romney's son, Tagg, running for the special election to fill the final 18 months of the term of longtime Democratic Sen. John Kerry in Massachusetts after he succeeded Hillary Clinton as secretary of state.

Mrs. Romney does not want a life in politics for her son.

"I would say don't do it to Tagg," said Mrs. Romney. "I would."

"I think that it depends on the circumstance," said Mitt Romney. "If one of our boys or our daughters-in-law finds themselves in a position where they could make a real contribution, and they are needed - school board, mayor, Congress, whatever - I'd expect them to stand up and volunteer."

Read "Mitt Romney regrets 47%" here.

Watch CNN's Gloria Borger's extended interview with Mitt and Ann Romney in the video below.

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