(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.
Romney just please stop talking. Face reality we did not want you for our President. We know you are phony and did not have what it takes to care about anyone but the cult you belong to.
Is this guy still here?
You are in Denial. You lost, not because hispanics didn't understand you, but because they did understood you. They understood you to say they were in the 47%. They understood you to say to them to "self-deport". They understood you to be anti-immigration. They understood you to care for the 1%.
Romeny, you refused to tell the truth. You lost because you lost the entire good working americans.
So hispanics support illegal immigration , is this the conclusion ? Any candidate against illegal immigration doesn't get the hispanic vote ? What does this say about a vast majoirty of hispanics in the united states, its obvious that they all have illegal relatives.
Romney lost because he's an out-of-touch lunkhead. All the other reasons stem directly from that.
His largest error was speaking at that donor conference about how he doesn't care about half the electorate. Why won't this stooge go away already?
What's wrong with those ignorant people anyway? To know me is to love me.
He talked down to minorities and then expects them to vote for him. That's a mental disorder.
His biggest problem is that he isn't human.
Way to go Mitt, blame the voters. Clearly it's not the voters who don't understand, it's you!
I very glad to hear Mitt's point of view as it continues to confirm that voting AGAINST Romney was the right move.
"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,
What is it about this tax evading cultist that makes him think people don't understand what he's saying? Don't worry Willard. We understood you perfectly and then we rejected you and your mentally disabled wife. Do YOU understand that?
Wait 2 days- Ole Cashmere Mittens will come up with a completely DIFFERENT reason why he lost his pre-bought bid to run this country into the ground.
Besides- weren't you all butt-hurt and decided that you really didn't want to be POTUS anyway Mitt? Just go away already and take Palin, Cantor, Bohner, DeMint, your VP pick and the rest of the greedy, lying sacks of GOP with you.
He is basically saying that the Hispanic population is too stupid to understand his brilliant policy proposals. Boy, this guy is a piece of work. The electoral beat-down he got was a thing of beauty.
(Video doesn't correlate to headline). The "understand" wording is inflammatory. If indeed the use of that word emphasized by Romney, it suggests he's out of touch in his current effort. That would be insulting. Delivery is critical. Hispanics are familial in general. A leader who can empathize verbally is who they want. I supported Romney on his position during the race because he had the right policy–not because of the Bushist boneheadedness in him.
Thank God you were not selected.
Praise the Lord
Mitt, your biggest regret should be your 47 percenter comment. It "outed" you as just another rich guy who made his money on the backs of working people and couldn't conceivably understand how the rest of us live here in the Land of Opportunity. Stop crying about your lost election, Mitt. You're still a 1 percenter...
Axelrod and Biden didn't need to lie. Romney just isn't a candidate for anything but asset stripping. He's good at that. "Party of Opportunity" my behind.
You were the last guy left in the clown car so you got the R's nomination-other words the smartest idiot in the villiage.
Then you proceeded to insinuate that you had no use for anybody that worked for a living, that's why you lost.
He also lost because while the GOP deluded itself into thinking that courting old white males in middle and upper management, bible-waving Southern whites whose grandparents are related, and racial purists so extreme that even die-hard KKK thought they were crazy would give them a majority of voters. Then lumping everyone else into a group and demonizing them.
And years later they still can't figure out why things blew up in their face.
II think his largest mistake was being himself....a money hungry moron who looks down at everyone else.
Mitt's major mistake was Seamus and his corporate vampire image. Americans love dogs and they would never elect someone who had wantonly abused his pet pooch. They also don't look kindly on bullies, especially the rich corporate kind.
his biggest flaw was being himself
This boy still doesn't get it. He went wrong because he's rich and doesn't care about the poor, because he's called Mitt, because he's a Mormon, and last, but not least, because he's a Republican.
Mitts big stragetic error was when he ran for president.