Romney: I've only written a victory speech
November 6th, 2012
06:02 PM ET
5 years ago

Romney: I've only written a victory speech

(CNN) – Hours before the polls closed Tuesday, GOP nominee Mitt Romney told reporters on his plane that he's so confident in a win he's only prepared a victory speech.

"I've only written one speech at this point," Romney said, adding the text of that address was 1,118 words long.

Saying "intellectually" he's felt he was going to win the election for a long time, Romney said his final campaign stops in Ohio and Pittsburgh Tuesday gave him an emotional jolt as well that victory is within his grasp.

As for any campaign regrets, Romney said he had few.

"I'm very proud of the campaign we've run," Romney said, adding that "no campaign is perfect."

"I am very pleased. I feel we have put it all on the field. We left nothing in the locker room," the candidate said.

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soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. Anthony in California

    This is exactly what our country needs. A man who is confident in his abilities."

    Dont confuse "confidence" with "arrogance" (See GWB)

    November 6, 2012 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  2. Roland

    Romney/Ryan for the WIN!!

    November 6, 2012 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  3. Erick phillipps

    No concession speach eh mittens? Try this one; "well i guess i can go work for general motors. They are still in business after all..."

    November 6, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  4. GOP = Greed Over People!

    Ann Marie Antoinette told the hubby she would give concession speech.

    "My mentally unstable husband and I are going home to dine on one billion dollars worth of Welsh Humble Pie".

    November 6, 2012 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  5. kayla

    the president will part the red sea tonight

    November 6, 2012 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  6. Kr55

    No worries. Doesn't take that long to write a losing speech. That education his daddy paid for should have at least taught him how to write a quick 500 words.

    November 6, 2012 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  7. what1ever

    I often say that the most important thing to look for in a presidential candidate are delusions of grandeur.

    November 6, 2012 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  8. jcothran

    Why are Democrats such sore losers? Even before they lose, they're already thinking of excuses for losing!

    November 6, 2012 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  9. MtheK

    Hubris, thy name is Mitt Romney.

    November 6, 2012 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  10. lerianis

    That is just sheer arrogance if that is true. Even if it was Obama saying that, I would still call it very very very arrogant.

    November 6, 2012 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  11. truth hurts

    kayla - the president will part the red sea tonight
    Even the Messiah cannot part the massive Red Sea of debt he has generated in the last 4 years! Thankfully the American people will not give me an opportunity to double the size of the Red Sea over the next 4 years.

    November 6, 2012 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  12. Toldya

    Already told you Romney is going to win in a landslide.

    Liberals better call the moving company early – they gonna be BUSY!

    November 6, 2012 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  13. Kate

    Yes, America needs a president who, in the final minutes of his campaign, shows that he does not prepare for all situations. Exactly the man we should put in the White House...

    November 6, 2012 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  14. Dave

    No one president can change everything, the limit the career politicians just like the presidents and more will get done faster

    November 6, 2012 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  15. Lopes

    Someone make sure he got to eat that speech tonight lol

    November 6, 2012 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  16. Joe

    I hope he's good at improvisation.

    November 6, 2012 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  17. Brenda

    Mitt never did anything special in Massachusetts. What makes you think he's going to change the US? We've seen more change in Obama's 4 years than we did with 8 years of Bush. I'm proud to say that I'm not from Kentucky.

    November 6, 2012 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  18. Saber krupa

    I think everyone is tired of lies from the obama gov. I think it's time to give someone else who has expirience a chance to guide the country/ world down the right path. Romney/Ryan2012

    November 6, 2012 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  19. Bill

    Mitt only wrote a victory speech, but he outsourced the concession speech to China, so bare with him when you hear him speak broken English later tonight.

    November 6, 2012 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  20. Katie Lyon

    Oh I remember something like this, perhaps it's similar to the Patriots writing a book on winning the The Super Bowl and losing to the Giants.

    November 6, 2012 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  21. CBP

    You are seeing the real Romney. He will not be mister nice guy and if Paul Ryan thinks he is going to be a big influence he better think again. Mr. Romney may make him think he is important but Mitt Romney will be running this White House and doing things his way.

    Massachusetts discovered that early on. You might call it arrogance he calls it his personality. Don't look for glad-handing or backslaps either. He will have very few really close aides. All the pundits who complained about President Obama may be surprised to find they are dealing with another very isolated and insulated man. He runs things his way as people at the Olympics found out. Since he did not run the London Olympics he could not imagine that someone else could do as good a job.

    November 6, 2012 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  22. GIUK

    Mitt only wrote a victory speech. One for him, and one for Obama.

    November 6, 2012 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    ....I suggest he get himself some blank paper and some fresh pens then.

    November 6, 2012 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  24. QS

    Few regrets....proud of his campaign?!

    47%-gate, etch-a-sketch campaigning, lying about Obama's record, may have one the first debate but lost the next two...

    Says a lot, actually, that he is proud of this train wreck he calls a campaign!

    How proud do you think he'll be of his train wreck presidency and train wreck economy if he wins and actually tries to take us backwards with his policies?

    November 6, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  25. kate

    If that isn't arrogance, I don't know what is. Get ready America, we will be bowing to him for our survival. Honor thy God, Mitt Romney.

    November 6, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
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