(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.
Number one strategic error – being a rich white mormon that thinks little of minorities.
Look out Iowa and New Hampshire, it sounds like he is gearing up for another run.
It sounds like he is gearing up for another run.
Look out Iowa and New Hampshire, it sounds like he is getting ready to run again.
it sounds like he is getting ready to run again.
I'd say he's about 47% correct..
We get too soon old and too late smart
Romney's largest strategic error was that he thought the bigoted Tea Party voters would support and vote for him. Instead, they stayed away.
Yeah, that was it. Not enough money spent advertising to the Hispanic community, eh, Mitt? Seriously, the main problem was your view on life in general, your 1%er, out of touch concept of American society, and your inability to identify with regular people, much less care about them. Other than that, you are smarmy enough to be a politician, and you look good in a suit, so I'd hold out for a reality TV show.
Is this a puff piece for the Republican party? Honestly? A majority of the Republican wants to import every single illegal here immediately and the small minority of Republicans that don't want to do this are too chickensh!t to say anything.
A little disingenuous to say that you didn't fully explain your immigration, policy, Mitt. Yeah, you explained it more than enough, and it sucked. It toed the Republican party line. Stop insulting everyone's intelligence – you had your a$$ handed to you on a platter by losing the Hispanic vote by 40%. I would say just the opposite – the Hispanic electorate able to vote probably knew the issues MUCH BETTER than the average white person and voted accordingly.
Huh, I thought it was because he painted half of the United States as lazy and a drain to society.
This guy is absolutely clueless. It's not what you did or what you didn't do...it's you, Mitt...nobody likes you. It's hard to even put into words how out of touch this guy is from reality...like he never was one of us regular people. Yes, that matters.
No, Mittens, they did not vote for you because they understand your party all too well.
Romney will never get it.
Could it have been....
Lay off tens of thousands of people
Beat the bomb-Iran war drum
Flip-flop and flip-flop
Oppose healthcare for Americans
Be an arrogant jerk
Romney's largest strategic error was telling America only the rich (top 1 %) mattered, and he was going to make them even richer at the expense of the middle class and the poor
He thinks his loss had anything to do with "strategy"? How truly out of touch is this guy? His secretly recorded "47%" speech pretty much says it all. Sure, he could have strategized a little better in order to find the correct way to lie his way into the hearts and minds of those he really despises, but in the end the truth came out ,and he was put out to the pasture of the 1950s where is mindset still finds a home.
Mitt, I would say your delusion of assured victory that you clung to until you watched Obama's electoral vote count tick past 270 was your biggest error.
I guess stealing jobs had nothing to do with it.
No, Romney. You had many errors that all involved not caring about the people you wanted to represent. Control-Alt-Delete was your biggest mistake.
As a conservative ... his biggest problem, without a doubt, was being a tool.
Keep his mouth about the 47%, no quicker way to alienate half the voters. It's the Dem's version of Swift Boating a candidate.
It was the first thing I said that Romney did not stand a chance BECAUSE HE DID NOT HAVE THE HISPANIC VOTE...and making matters worse was appearing to be one.
2 little 2 late
Romney would be president today if he had not been a member of the Mormon religion. It isn't a question of bigotry. Many people are put off by what they perceive, rightly or mistakenly, as a polytheistic, secretive religion obsessed with proselytizing and economic power. It scares people. It scared voters, Hispanic and otherwise.