Former Romney adviser blasts top surrogates for now 'eviscerating' Romney
Dan Senor is seen talking with Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan on October 20 in Daytona Beach, Florida.
November 21st, 2012
10:43 AM ET
1 year ago

Former Romney adviser blasts top surrogates for now 'eviscerating' Romney

(CNN) – A former senior adviser to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign skewered some of the GOP nominee's surrogates Wednesday, saying it was "stunning" how they preened for administration positions when they thought Romney would win but then turned on the candidate as soon as he lost the election.

Dan Senor recalled an anecdote at the large rally held in Ohio the Friday before Election Day earlier this month. He said some of the event's major headliners were praising the candidate backstage and had begun engaging Romney's transition team.

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"I won't mention their names, but they're talking about Romney like he's Reagan. You know, 'The debate performances were the best debate performances of any Republican nominee in presidential history. This guy–he's iconic.' They were talking about him because they believed he was going to win in four or five days," Senor said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

"In fact, some of them were already talking to our transition to position themselves for a Romney cabinet," he added.

Still not naming names, Senor said the tone dramatically changed in the days following Romney's loss, as many top GOP leaders conducted post-mortem analysis of the campaign.

"I won't say who they are. They know who they are. They were on television. I mean, it was unbelievable. It was five, six days later, (they were) absolutely eviscerating him," he said.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has been perhaps the highest-profile surrogate to lambast Romney since Election Day. The Republican governor sharply took issue with Romney's post-election comments in a phone call with donors, in which he said Obama won the election by offering policy "gifts" to constituencies in his base, such as Hispanics, young people and African Americans.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham also railed against Romney for the comments.


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  1. anonoymous

    I think it's sad how some of Romney's supporters still havent gotten past this election. Why would his surrogates still support him when he's saying things that cause his loss in the first place? Most of them still have polictical ties and dont want his negative comments to effect their polictical future. Mr romney do us all a favor and go away. And by all means shut up.

    November 21, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. Expat American

    Romney’s comments about ‘gifts’ were offensive. And Jindal among others were right to speak out (Gingrich too was surprising). It’s as if Romney and those in his immediate circle didn't even realize that many poor whites who voted for them are part of the demographic they hate so much. The only thing Jindal is guilty of is possibly attracting new voters to the GOP. But would the Tea Party Brownshirt Hate Fringe accept ‘lower caste’ human beings as they call them?

    November 21, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    The party leadership picked Romney, and they forced him on the voters.

    The party didn't nominate him.......the leadership did.

    You get nothing, when you try to usurp the votes of the people. That's why they really lost. Until the party leadership forced him down the throat of the voters, he was NOT doing that well in the primary. That's the real bottom line.

    Now, the vultures come out to pick the bones, and make their own case.......in the wrong way.

    Until they allow the voters to pick the candidate, they will lose. They may lose anyway........because the socialists outnumber the patriots........but that is the disease of America.

    November 21, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  4. cedar rapids

    How is this a surprise to anyone?
    We all saw how people were slamming Romney before he get the nomination, and then the same people were proclaiing him to the heavens as being a great person for the job, hoping we would all forget how they were ripping him a few weeks earlier.
    That they are now reverting back to the pre-election viewpoint is to be expected.

    November 21, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  5. annette05

    So Senor is saying people were pumping up Mittens to get a job in the administration that would not be–huh?
    Typical. I think they are going after Mitt as hard as they are for the obvious politically expedient reasons plus
    the fact that none of them really liked the man anyway. Actually he was probably one of the least liked candidates
    that ever ran. So they felt no loyalty to him in the end.

    November 21, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  6. fekt

    he does have a point. his comments to supporters about obama winning because he gave gifts to voters was totally inappropriate. it was, however, the same language he had been using the entire campaign and not once did these same people say a word against it. at the end of the day i'll remember what they all said and how they all acted during the campaign not the days following.

    November 21, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. Yonni

    They don't like Romney in the first place; they just hate the other guy to support him. When the ship sink it is natural for these guys to abandoned Mitt.

    November 21, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  8. B.

    Republicans will not admit that Romney was Never a viable candidate and until they also admit that it is not JUST the person,but the policies, like women’s personal health issues that are the reason they lost!

    They do not GET IT !

    November 21, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  9. twodm

    "They Built It"

    Now Live In It.....

    They Made It

    Now, Sleep in it...

    November 21, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  10. Woman In California

    'The debate performances were the best debate performances of any Republican nominee in presidential history.

    Really? I guess Senor wasn't watching what the rest of the world was when Willard looked like a fool for mentioning:

    1) the Benghazi incident;
    2) foreign policy period;
    3) coal/energy dependence; and
    4) 47% comment (the most devasting comment ever).

    Get real. Willard was a rat trying to thurst himself upon us a savior and we saw through it and gave him the door.

    November 21, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. Marvin8

    "Romney didn't do enough to connect with people."

    You mean, he should have fooled more voters by acting like somebody he isn't? :D

    November 21, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  12. Carol Johnson

    Lindsay Graham is nothing more than a shadow of McCain. Graham waits for McCain to say something and then in comes in and supports McCain and adds his two cents worth. If Graham is capable to be USA senator there is not one who is not capable!!!

    November 21, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  13. alwaysreal

    Hey republicans, how does it feel to have to deal with people that say whatever they think you want to hear. now you see how everybody else viewed your "candidate"

    November 21, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. akpat

    The rich and wealthy could pump 100's of millions into this but cannot put up with a small increase in income tax that was supposed to be temporary :)

    November 21, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  15. MarkyGA

    Don't blame Romney for the loss. Blame the TOTALLY CLUELESS GOP leadership. Period. Romney could've EASILY won if those far right wing nuts had let him a) pick Chris Christie for his running mate, and b) reach out to Latinos (a la Dubya with his Guest Worker program) instead of telling them to go home. Dumb and dumb.

    November 21, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  16. a little sad

    Has Romney amended his tax return yet to include more deductions?

    November 21, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel wrote:

    The party leadership picked Romney, and they forced him on the voters
    The party didn't nominate him.......the leadership did.
    -----------------------------
    So, what was all of that Republican debate stuff we saw last summer and fall? Not See TV?
    What were all of those primary elections held in various states all about? Leadership rigged it?

    November 21, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  18. BoB de

    II am very happy to watch empty suit romney get taken apart by "entitlements only for us" republicans. The only good thing that might come of it is the realization of being out of touch with "We the people".

    November 21, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  19. kevin

    I am so freakin' happy now! Watching this meltdown has been so satisfying!

    November 21, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  20. Sniffit

    "is may be wrong, but I am thoroughly enjoying the GOP/Tea Party circular firing squad.'

    Would you like some Schadenfreude Flakes? I have plenty and they stay crunchy in conservative tears....

    November 21, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  21. Bill from GA

    To Rick McDaniel

    "The party leadership picked Romney, and they forced him on the voters."

    It seemed to me that mits was the last one standing. Each of the others had their moment in the sun, crashed and burned, until romney was the only one left who didn't look like a total fool.

    By the time it became obvious to all (mostly) that romney DID look like a total fool, there was no one left.

    (Clint Eastwood didn't want the jpb.)

    But, hey Rick, you're entitled to you own opinion; we don't differ that much.

    November 21, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  22. Al-NY,NY

    Rick McDaniel

    The party leadership picked Romney, and they forced him on the voters.

    The party didn't nominate him.......the leadership did.

    You get nothing, when you try to usurp the votes of the people. That's why they really lost. Until the party leadership forced him down the throat of the voters, he was NOT doing that well in the primary. That's the real bottom line.

    Now, the vultures come out to pick the bones, and make their own case.......in the wrong way.

    Until they allow the voters to pick the candidate, they will lose. They may lose anyway........because the socialists outnumber the patriots........but that is the disease of America
    -----

    and exactly WHO is the candidate that would have been picked?? This should be good.......

    November 21, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  23. Matt

    Aren't these guys just expressing the true nature of the Republican soul? It is reminiscent of ancient Rome's political scene – Et tu, Brute?

    November 21, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  24. lil old me

    As a Christian, I thank God for Obama, as during this time of world upset, Americans will have food, shelter and healthcare.

    That is the essence of God taking care of his people. Praise the Lord, in Jesus name. Amen.

    November 21, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  25. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Romnay was the much better canidate for the country and the economy. That will be realised over the next 4 years. The big kliberal social programs are coming home to roost even tho many don't believe it. It is rather amusing that some say Romney's statement about wanting gifts was offensive. So you would have to ask yourself why too many of you want the So-Called Rich to pay more in Taxes. I call that "Wanting Gifts". The National Debt is rising, with Obama Care jobs are scarce, 47 million on Food Stamps a real pretty picture. How many of you can say Depression.

    November 21, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
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