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Mitt and Ann Romney made a surprise appearance at the world premiere of "MITT," a documentary that follows Romney through his failed 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns. The film, which will be released next week on Netflix, has garnered considerable excitement and scored some positive early reviews for filmmaker Greg Whiteley, who seemingly had unfettered access to the Romney clan. "MITT" even scored points among Romney detractors.

After sitting through the documentary, Romney sat down for an interview during which he praised the film for not focusing too heavily on the primaries. He also took a few shots at President Obama, voiced his disagreement with a Utah judge's decision to allow same-sex marriages, and came to the defense of embattled New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and his handling of the Bridgeghazi scandal:

"I think Chris has handled this in a very effective way. A member of his administration did something that he was unaware of and that he found reprehensible. He faced the American people for two hours, took their questions. He dismissed people who were responsible. He took personal responsibility. That’s what a leader does."

Romney added that he considers Christie to be a "very strong potential nominee" for president. He named Christie on a list that also included Paul Ryan, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, and John Kasich. 

When asked if he would consider running a third time, Romney was unequivocal. "Absolutely not."

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