“I don’t think that I would point to the president as a role model for my grandkids on the basis of his personal style,” Romney said in an interview with NBC News.

“He has departed in some cases from the truth and has attacked in a way that I think is not entirely appropriate,” said Romney, the GOP’s 2012 presidential nominee. “I think that his policies have been by and large a good deal better than I might have expected. But some of the things he has said are not ones that I would aspire for my grandkids to adopt.”

Romney’s comments came as he campaigned in Salt Lake City ahead of a June 26 Republican primary in the race to replace retiring Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah).