Mitt Romney, unsuccessful in his second quest for the White House in four years, took a gracious exit in his concession speech tonight.
“I have just called President Obama to congratulate him on his victory. His supporters and his campaign all deserve congratulations,” Mr. Romney said to begin his address. “This is a time of great challenge for America and I pray the president will be successful in guiding our nation.”
The brief concession speech contained the occasional frustrated shout from audience members, but overall most of the crowd reaction consisted of clapping and cheering for the applause lines, such as when Mr. Romney gave shout-outs to his wife, his running mate and America.
“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,” Mr. Romney continued. “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 the principles upon which this nation was founded are the only sure guide to a resurgent economy and a new 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 had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction, but the nation chose another leader, and so Anne and I join you to earnestly pray for him, and for this great nation.”
As he walked off the stage, Mr. Romney exclaimed, “Thank you and God bless America! You guys are the best! Thank you!”