Romney: 'I'm Not Going to Vary ... My Vision ... Based Upon the Political Winds of the Day'

By Staff | August 15, 2011 | 8:27 PM EDT

Republican presidential contender, former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney, displays a motorcycle license plate handed to him by a supporter during a town hall meeting at the VFW in Nashua, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

U.S. actress Anne Hathaway arrives at a cinema for the European Premiere of 'One Day', west London, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011. Directed by Danish director, Lone Scherfig, the film is based on a story written by British author and screenwriter David Nicholls. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, vowed in a stop at Litchfield Technology in New Hampshire today that he would not change his political views to fit the prevailing political winds.

"I'm not going to vary my speech and my vision for the American people based upon the political winds of the day," Romney told reporters according to the Associated Press.

Romney also told reporters in New Hampshire today that he believed it "essential" that the president have extensive experience in the private sector--a criteria he said was only filled by himself and former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain.

"Understanding how the economy works by having worked in the real economy is finally essential in the White House. And I hope people recognize that," Romney said, according to the Associated Press. "I respect the other people in this race, but I think the only other person who has that kind of extensive private sector experience besides me in the Republican race is Herman Cain."

Of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who announced he was entering the race on Saturday, the AP reported that Romney said: "I wish Rick the very best. As the process goes on, we'll see whose background and skill most fits the needs of the country at a critical time like this."