November 7th, 2012
01:13 AM ET
2 years ago

Transcript: Romney's concession speech

(CNN) – Mitt Romney delivered his concession speech Tuesday in Boston. Read below for a transcript of Romney's remarks.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, my friends. Thank you so very much.

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Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

I have just called President Obama to congratulate him on his victory. His supporters and his campaign also deserve congratulations.

His supporters and his campaign also deserve congratulations. I wish all of them well, but particularly the president, the first lady and their daughters.

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

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I want to thank Paul Ryan for all that he has done for our campaign.

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And for our country. Besides my wife, Ann, Paul is the best choice I've ever made.

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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.

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I also want to thank Ann, the love of my life.

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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.

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I want to thank Matt Rhoades and the dedicated campaign team he led.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Bessy

    How soon we forget. No one has to feel sorry for Mitt Romney. What you should do is remember how he ran a campaign on lies and how he would have destroyed our country if he won. Remember how his wife talked down to the American people. It is probably the 1st time in his life he couldn't buy what he wanted.( even though he really tried ) He will probably fgure out a way to make money on the campaign he ran. The people you should feel sorry for are all of the people who lost their jobs because he closed down their plants and shipped their jobs overseas. He gave an okay speech but I didn't see it as " awesome " What did you expect him to say? After all, he doesn't want to burn all his bridges until he sees if he can use something from them.

    November 7, 2012 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  2. don

    I think he's still in shock, but OK speech. And the world turns...

    November 7, 2012 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
  3. OCCaVoter

    I can't wait for the SEC to start their investigation on Mr. Romney. Carma can bite you hard.

    November 7, 2012 02:58 am at 2:58 am |
  4. debra minor

    i thank god for the world we live in

    November 7, 2012 03:10 am at 3:10 am |
  5. Anonymous

    How I wish that a good man like Obama could have Romney as his business advisor. Small companies provide 75% of jobs. New "blanket-reform on bank rules" have crippled small businesses. Obama, a very good leader, came in lacking enough experience in some areas. He could so benefit from Romney's business acumen! I know this may be unprecedented, but desperate times call for desperate measures! Help small businesses, and free up money so they can get running at a higher percentage. That means more jobs!

    November 7, 2012 03:15 am at 3:15 am |
  6. Abidex

    That's the real democracy in action, the spirit of sportmanship should be incorporated in politics for the betterment of the people globally.

    November 7, 2012 03:41 am at 3:41 am |
  7. Santosh Nair

    A great patriot is one who recognises and praises another. Romney has does just that. America has just chosen a leader. Salutes to the new leader

    November 7, 2012 03:42 am at 3:42 am |
  8. Mwangi Kamau

    Even though I am a Kenyan who was obviously supporting President Obama, I must however say that I was very impressed with the manner and style with which Mitt Romney conducted his campaign, he appeared to me as a witty, humble and a likable guy. I think he is pragmatic and even gracious in defeat. That is what Americans need today. Americans need to forget their political differences and pull together as one Nation. Congress should show bipartisanship and pass legislation that will make the lives of all Americans as well as the people of the world better. America maybe a great and a powerful Nation, but that may be eroded very fast if Americans fail to join hands as Brothers and Sisters and push forward for the common good.

    November 7, 2012 04:25 am at 4:25 am |
  9. Rachel

    I am not at all surprised that Romney lost. He and the GOP isolated too many voters including (young) women, people who are not wealthy, Latinos, gays.....what did they think was going to happen? America is changing and they have to change with it if they are to have a chance of taking the WHite House again.

    November 7, 2012 04:34 am at 4:34 am |
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