‘‘Europe doesn’t work there. It’s never going to work here,’’ Romney said. ‘‘It’s even possible we could be on a pathway to become California — I don’t want that either.’’
He later said he was joking.
And before promising that he was done raising money in the San Diego area, Romney encouraged his California donors to help him reach voters in more competitive states.
‘‘I need you to find someone who voted for Barack Obama, maybe in a swing state, and give him a call, and tell him to go to the polls and support this effort,’’ he said.