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Mitt Romney warns GOP not to focus on Monica Lewinsky scandal

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Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Sunday warned his party not to highlight the Monica Lewinsky scandal when attacking possible Democratic White House frontrunner Hillary Clinton, saying to keep attention instead on Clinton's record.

"I don't think Bill Clinton is as relevant as Hillary Clinton if she decides to run for president,” Romney said on NBC's “Meet the Press,” adding that the former first lady “has her own record and her own vision."

Some Republicans, particularly Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, have refocused attention on former President Bill Clinton for the Lewinsky scandal, saying Democrats can't frame themselves as the champions of women with Clinton as a standard bearer for the party.

For his part, Romney said Republicans shouldn’t re-litigate an issue that consumed Washington more than 15 years ago.

"I think Hillary Clinton, if she becomes the nominee, will have plenty to discuss about her own record," Romney said. "I don't imagine that Bill Clinton will be a big part of it."

As for his own presidential aspirations, Romney said he is done seeking the highest office in the land.

“I’m not running for president,” the former Massachusetts governor said.

Some Republicans have stoked the idea of a 2016 run in the wake of a new documentary about Romney's previous bids for the White House.

When NBC's David Gregory noted former President Ronald Reagan's repeated runs for the White House, Romney quipped, “I'm not Ronald Reagan. I think that's been pointed out to me before."

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