Romney: Bill not as 'relevant' as Hillary

Taking a contrarian view to some of his GOP colleagues, Mitt Romney on Sunday said former President Bill ClintonBill ClintonSeven ways the Clinton Foundation failed to meet its transparency promises Dem Senate candidate: Foundation should ‘probably’ shutter if Clinton wins Will the US and Canada start a trade war over lumber? MORE isn't as relevant as former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonPence slams Clinton, media in Virginia Trump: 'Thoughts and prayers' for Wade family Trump: Clinton scandals have been 'sad, sad, sad for America' MORE with the 2016 presidential race on the horizon.

"I don't think Bill Clinton is as relevant as Hillary Clinton if she decides to run for president," Romney said Sunday on "Meet the Press" with David Gregory.

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The 2012 Republican presidential nominee said people will look at Hillary Clinton's record as secretary of State and not Bill Clinton's time in the White House.

"I think her record will be judged ... and not the record of her husband," Romney said.

The GOP has plans to hit Hillary Clinton on her ties to her husband, painting them as a pair that will take control of the White House.

Romney jabbed Bill Clinton for the Monica Lewinsky scandal, but said that is not Hillary Clinton's problem.

"He embarrassed the nation, he breached his responsibility, I think, as a leader in his relationship," Romney said. "But I don't think that is Hillary Clinton's to explain."

As for whether or not he will run in 2016, Romney repeated that he has no interest in running for a third time.

"I'm not running for president," Romney said.

Romney also said that marriage “is a relationship between a man and a woman.”

“And I think the ideal setting for raising a child is in the setting where there's a father and a mother,” he added.

“Now there’re many other different settings that children are raised in and people have the right to live their life as they want to. But I think marriage should be defined in the way that it’s been defined for several thousand years and if gay couples want to live together, well, that's fine as well. That's their right.”

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