Mitt Romney’s Concession Speech

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s concession speech Tuesday night in Boston, as transcribed by Roll Call:

“Thank you.

“I have just called President Obama to congratulate him on his victory. His supporters and his campaign also deserve congratulations. I wish all of them well, but particularly the president, the first lady and their daughters.

“This is a time of great challenges for America, and I pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation.

“I want to thank Paul Ryan for all that he has done for our campaign and for our country. Besides my wife, Ann, Paul is the best choice I’ve ever made. And I trust that his intellect and his hard work and his commitment to principle will continue to contribute to the good of our nation.

“I also want to thank Ann, the love of my life. She would have been a wonderful first lady. She’s — she has been that and more to me and to our family and to the many people that she has touched with her compassion and her care.

“I thank my sons for their tireless work on behalf of the campaign, and thank their wives and children for taking up the slack as their husbands and dads have spent so many weeks away from home.

“I want to thank Matt Rhoades and the dedicated campaign team he led. They have made an extraordinary effort not just for me, but also for the country that we love.

“And to you here tonight, and to the team across the country — the volunteers, the fundraisers, the donors, the surrogates — I don’t believe that there’s ever been an effort in our party that can compare with what you have done over these past years. Thank you so very much.

“Thanks for all the hours of work, for the calls, for the speeches and appearances, for the resources and for the prayers. You gave deeply from yourselves and performed magnificently. And you inspired us and you humbled us. You’ve been the very best we could have imagined.

“The nation, as you know, is at a critical point. At a time like this, we can’t risk partisan bickering and political posturing. Our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people’s work. And we citizens also have to rise to the occasion.

“We look to our teachers and professors, we count on you not just to teach, but to inspire our children with a passion for learning and discovery. We look to our pastors and priests and rabbis and counselors of all kinds to testify of the enduring principles upon which our society is built: honesty, charity, integrity and family. We look to our parents, for in the final analysis everything depends on the success of our homes. We look to job creators of all kinds. We’re counting on you to invest, to hire, to step forward. And we look to Democrats and Republicans in government at all levels to put the people before the politics.

“I believe in America. I believe in the people of America. And I ran for office because I’m concerned about America. This election is over, but our principles endure. I believe that the principles upon which this nation was founded are the only sure guide to a resurgent economy and to renewed greatness.

“Like so many of you, Paul and I have left everything on the field. We have given our all to this campaign.

“I so wish — I so wish that I had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction, but the nation chose another leader. And so Ann and I join with you to earnestly pray for him and for this great nation.

“Thank you, and God bless America. You guys are the best. Thank you so much. Thank you. Thanks, guys.”

Posted: November 7th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: 2012 Presidential Politics | Tags: , | 3 Comments »

3 Comments on “Mitt Romney’s Concession Speech”

  1. Pollster said at 10:27 am on November 7th, 2012:

    Where is Kyrillos’ concession speech? More importantly, where are those clowns who had the balls to actually suggest that Kyrillos was only 4 points behind Menendez according to their internal polls?

  2. Gene B. said at 11:01 am on November 7th, 2012:

    Up until about two weeks ago, I screamed the mantra “Romney is unelectable”. But I finally bought the crowd that lead me to think that Romney had slim a chance.

    Perhaps it was out of wishful thinking.

    But, as turns out, he was unelectable.

    If you look at the RealClearPolitics charts, Romney was peaking as Obama was bottoming on election day. Even with that advantage, he could not beat the worst President in the history.

    It is usually a bad strategy to nominate a Democrat in the Republican Party. Especially a flip flopper who used questionable tactics to get the nomination.

    The problem is the one-party system. Voters feel compelled to select either a Republican or a Democrat. They keep the monopoly in business.

    I hope that voters will wake up and stop jumping on the bandwagon for people who are totally in conflict with their common sense.

  3. What a classy, dignified said at 1:17 pm on November 7th, 2012:

    and lovely man and family.. He would have been a wonderful President, in many ways, and his family would have brought the same class, decency, and pride to that office, which is so sorely lacking now.. The weak ending at the debate, refusing to engage in the Bengazi outrage,and the ill -timed and horrible hurricane sure did not help,and, as Rush is saying, how do you defeat Santa Claus? How true- we are now a majority nation of takers and not makers.. I applaud his good campaign moves and his choice to take the high road.. Politically, my first choice of Marco Rubio as vp may have helped, but, we will never know now… Am sad for this country, especially the children. Have no idea how it can ever fixed, now.