Mitt Romney tells graduates what it was like losing to Obama

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Mitt Romney Tells Graduates What It Was Like Losing To Obama

Mitt Romney traveled to New Hampshire to give a commencement speech Sunday at Saint Anselm College.
The former presidential candidate had some serious words of wisdom for the Class of 2015 -- things he learned by losing to President Barack Obama in 2012.

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Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, left is greeted by President Barack Obama before the start of the third presidential debate at Lynn University, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Boca Raton, Fla. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Moderator Candy Crowley, center, applauds as President Barack Obama, right, shakes hands with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney during the second presidential debate at Hofstra University, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, in Hempstead, N.Y. (AP Photo/Pool-Michael Reynolds)
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"I have experienced successes and failures. I am asked what it felt like to lose to President Obama. Well, not as good as winning. Failures aren't fun, but they are inevitable. More importantly, failures don't define who you are."

Romney also told graduates to "live large" and experience all life has to offer, including the challenges.

"Your world is now breathtakingly large, almost without boundaries ... you may even be tempted to look for a smaller, more comfortable world, one that's less complex, and less demanding. That's not who you are ... to experience a fulfilling, purposeful life, one thing you're going to have to do it this: live a large life."

The former Massachusetts governor has already said he doesn't plan on running for president again, but he told WMUR he's still excited about the race...and he's not yet endorsing anybody. ​
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