(CNN) – Mitt Romney has had some time to reflect on what went wrong last November. His main conclusion: the Hispanic community didn’t understand his immigration stance well enough.
"The largest strategic error was not investing sufficiently, particularly in Hispanic TV and Hispanic outreach to help Hispanic voters understand that ours is the party of opportunity," Romney told CNN’s Jake Tapper of the lesson to be learned for GOP presidential campaigns of the future.
Romney lost the Hispanic vote by 40%, a loss seen to be in large part spurred by the perception of the Republican Party as antithetical to immigration reform.
"I think my position and the position of our party is not well understood at the Hispanic community," said Romney. "I want to see immigration reform. I said that during the campaign. I want to make sure we have a legal immigration system that brings, in my view, more people legally to our country. I'd like to do that."
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Romney’s comments offer some of the most revealing insight into his thoughts on immigration and its role in his 2012 defeat to President Barack Obama.
Debates on how the GOP should adapt itself in the years to come have found a split between elements who think Republicans need to reach out better to Hispanic voters and those who view any immigration reform or pathway to citizenship as amnesty for lawbreakers.
The GOP has a long way to go if it wants to attract Hispanic voters, according to a new poll released Friday.
Half of Hispanics identify with the Democratic Party, according to the Public Religion Research Institute poll, compared to the 15% who identify with the GOP.
But the problem is more than just party identification, says the survey. Forty-three percent of Hispanics identified that the phrase "cares about people like you" more appropriately describes the Democratic Party, while 12% say the same for the GOP.
–CNN’s Dan Merica, Sherisse Pham and Ashley Killough contributed to this report.
Lol, didn't understand?!? No mitt, they understood perfectly well your positions and those of your party. Hence the results.
Come on almost a year later and he's still lying and crying. You lost Mitt. Didn't you want Hispanics to what was it? Self-deport? You're just like the rest of them Mitt or you MAY care about immigration reform but in order to get the nomination you sold your soul to the devil. You took on every nasty aspect that your party stood for.
Cry me a river Willard, I'm playing the worlds smallest violin. Loser.
really? I think you lost all minorities and the women's vote....but you did when the Tea foolery vote.
He still does not understand the logic–it is not Hispanic, it is his stupid comment of 47%. It hurt this nation.
Could also be that his position and the position of the GOP is understood by the Hispanic community.
What was his horses name ?
'I also enjoy sport'
'Some of my best friends are Nascar Team owners'
"47% of people think they deserve health care,government help...etc.'
No, Mitt. Your 'problems' with the voting public went waaay beyond your immigration stance, bud.
It was and continues to be the POLICIES Mitt, not the messaging that is the GOP"s problem. Any Latino that votes for a Republican is a fool. The GOP must be thrown out of office in 2014 and kept out of the WH in 2016 IF they are to begin to show latinos some true respect.
Oh twit, you are still clueless and blaming everyone but yourself, you dog torturer you.
I'm pretty sure that wearing a fake can tan didn't do much either.
The GOP strategy of insulting the tan man and then asking for their votes after they realize that some of those tan guys are citizens really isn't much of a plan. And immigration isn't as high on the list for Hispanics as people think it is. After all. Columbus did come over on Spanish ships. Some of them have been here for a few hundred years.
I gave you Moreno! But you preferred to go with plenty boy like it was a men's pageant. I told you to fire Beth but instead you went with binders full of women and at the end of the day you lost for it. Please if there will be a next time be so good listener.
Beth roasted you . I gave you Moreno! But you preferred to go with plenty boy like it was a men's pageant. I told you to fire Beth but instead you went with binders full of women and at the end of the day you lost for it. Please if there will be a next time be a good listener.
To which I say to Romney, even Jimmy Carter would have done a better job on reaching out to Hispanics.
What a delusional dude.
No Mitt. It was running at all. You don't have the stuff.
He was a fat cat executive stripping industry to ship jobs overseas and making,not millions, billions in profits. And the voting public found out. That includes Hispanics I guess.......Einstein.
Don't think so.
Romney's strategic error is 47% miss-calculation.
Bush won without Hispanic votes.
My family has been in what is now the Southwest US for centuries, before there was a US. Self deport? Oh, yeah, we heard willard loud and clear.
Though I understand the point of this article, I find the largess of it just as close minded as the Republican party itself (yes, I know me generalizing there). Since is Hispanic synonymous with immigration, immigrants or immigration reform? The majority of LATINOS are and have been born in this country ESPECIALLY TO BE ABLE TO VOTE and that's who you care about. Puerto Ricans, over four million strong in the UNited States and over 20% of the population of New York City can care less about immigration reform: WE ARE CITIZENS!!!! So, when you want to get the "Hispanic" vote in New York City, talk about affirmative action, talk about getting small business loans, talk about better living standards in inner cities, talk about paying for college – we aren't thinking about immigration reform.
Actually, your largest error is that he's in the GOP bafoons party!!!!!
he lost because he;s a Rino...Alot of conservatives stayed home ...Romney is old news, it's CRUZ time now!!!
Ted for President!
My largest error – being myself!!!
His biggest error was thinking that he could be elected President,
The "party of opportunity" huh? Mittens might think so, but what about the rest of the trash with the code name calling and insisting in stereotyping every non-white person in the country?
Come on, Romney, you lost because your message was all over the place. No one knew whether you were a moderate or a severe conservative, aka a nutcase.