MITT Romney has admitted that he is "haunted" by the gaffes that have plagued his presidential campaign, such as declaring amid an unemployment crisis that he enjoyed "being able to fire people".
In a candid interview, the Republican challenger to Barack Obama conceded he had made potentially damaging errors "that make me want to kick myself in the seat of my pants".
"I have to think not only about what I say in a full sentence, but what I say in a phrase," Mr Romney (right) told Peggy Noonan, a former speech writer to Ronald Reagan.
Mr Romney, who is worth $250m (€200m), has repeatedly made remarks on the campaign trail that played into his opponents' portrayal of him as a heartless fat cat.
He currently trails Mr Obama by an average of 1.6 percentage points, according to an aggregate of national polls by RealClearPolitics. (© Daily Telegraph, London)