November 7th, 2012
08:10 AM ET
10 years ago

Five things we learned on Election Night

Washington (CNN) - The 2012 presidential election shattered spending records, further polarized a divided country and launched a thousand hashtags. The race appeared to be a nail-biter going into Tuesday night but in the end, it came down to the state that most had been saying for weeks that it would – Ohio.

Here are five things we learned from Tuesday


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
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  1. Beth

    Here's what we learned: ___________________________.

    November 7, 2012 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    Don't be stupid and racist., no one is caring color, this is I learned., ok,. Idiots, learn,.

    November 7, 2012 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  3. got brains in NY

    We learned that many Americans were not fooled by the false narrative the Republicans were peddling. We learned Americans don't want their leaders up for auction to the highest billionaire bidder. We learned that this nation will move forward with progress for women, minorities, LGBTs, and those who value science and education. My faith has been restored in America!!

    November 7, 2012 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  4. bb

    The demographics of this country is forever changed, and these leftover people from a different time need to come to the realization that they cannot "take this country back" to an era that is slowly being forgotten. That is the lesson.

    November 7, 2012 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    We learned that America can be taken over by a dictator, with ease. We learned that women can be bought for little. We learned that illegal immigration has changed America into an Hispanic country. We learned that people never learn from history. We learned that we can FAIL!

    November 7, 2012 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  6. BetterDaysAhead

    We learned he couldnt even make it through his victory speech without promising to grow the debt, amnesty for illegals, some myythical energy plan to put more Americans out of work....I fekt my wallet get lighter with every word. Ufortunatley we'll likely get 2 more if not 4 more years of the same. Our nation will be broke and in shambles and where will the dems beloved social programs be then? They wont exist at all.

    November 7, 2012 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  7. Gurgyl

    .......we have learnt to check the brains racists. Send them to good psychiatrists. Now you have health insurance at least.

    November 7, 2012 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  8. Indy

    We learned that the majority of people are not stupid enough to believe the Republicans lies. We learned that if you take the country and economy hostage to further your selfish agenda, you are NOT getting the keys to the Whitehouse. We learned that when your tell people you are for small business and job creation and then your factual records from your days of Governor prove otherwise you will not get the keys to the Whitehouse. We learned that you can't have 47 positions on one policy and expect people to trust you.We learned that the Whitehouse is not for sale to the highest bidder and the middle class will mess you up if you think you can run them over. This victory is for the middle class !

    November 7, 2012 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    1. Obama won on tax increase in 2008 and 2012.
    2. GOP won't figure out they won House on spending cuts, not tax cuts.
    3. The TEA-rex Party is facing extinction.
    4. Pres. Obama won, and the sun still rose this morning.
    5. The right wing still thinks they have a messaging problem, getting people to hear their ideological driven message. The right will never figure out that people do hear their message, and simply disagree.

    November 7, 2012 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel

    We learned that America can be taken over by a dictator, with ease. We learned that women can be bought for little. We learned that illegal immigration has changed America into an Hispanic country. We learned that people never learn from history. We learned that we can FAIL!
    We learned that the above mind set is in the minority, facing extinction, which only fuels the desparate extremism.

    November 7, 2012 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  11. Ed1

    What we learned is people are still stupid to think this next four years will be better and Obama is a snake oil salesman leading his sheep to keep drinking the kool aid.

    November 7, 2012 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  12. Al-NY,NY

    Get with the current time frame GOP. It's 2012, not 1950.

    November 7, 2012 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  13. Wilson

    So, who is Obama going to blame for the mess he is inheriting now? ...This country is so hosed. The division is only going to grow. I wonder how soon he is going to say, "sit down, shut up, I won," to congress like he told McCain in the senate.

    November 7, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  14. anon

    We learn that FOX new coverage was along the same lines of that of Romney and Donald Trump. They are already quoting that Obama said he was raising taxes and the man was still in bed. They are not real journalist and should be boycotted. I told everyone that I know that if you want to watch fair and honest reporting watch CNN. Love you guys.

    November 7, 2012 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  15. ronvan

    FORGET about what we learned!! NOW it is time for ALL of our "elected children" to get back to work and start working on OUR problems!! Actually M. R. said it very clearly, basically saying the same thing. It is NOW that our President, Reid, Boehner, and THEIR people, nuckle down, put THEIR ambitions and goals aside! For me, personally, it is the republians that are on the hot seat. IF they continue to be the party of NO, and continue to block everything that the President wants to do, then NOTHING has changed. Again, EVERYONE, has to come to their senses to help US and OUR country!

    November 7, 2012 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  16. Wilson

    "Get with the current time frame GOP. It's 2012, not 1950."
    Yes, it is 2012, but that does not necessarily make things "better," just different.

    November 7, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  17. Dan, TX

    The problem is the republicans just can't understand that Obama is a moderate who is willing to compromise. They just can't understand it. Fortunately, a slight majority can see it. If you don't want to see president Clinton or Biden in 2016, republicans had better nominate a candidate who is severely moderate from the beginning and not a severely conservative candidate with an Etch-a-Sketch.

    November 7, 2012 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  18. A little sad


    "Get with the current time frame GOP. It's 2012, not 1950."
    Yes, it is 2012, but that does not necessarily make things "better," just different.

    You seriously don't think that the US is better off in 2012 than in 1950? I guess you don't believe in civil rights.

    BTW, the top tax rate in the 50's were about 90%.

    November 7, 2012 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  19. ronvan

    RUDY NYC: Your comment is without merit!! Put your HATE aside and make some kind of contribution! The President is 1 (ONE) PERSON, By LAW, he/she cannot force or dictate policies! It takes the 2 (TWO) houses to make and approve policy. WHY do you think that NOTHING got done these past years? The republicans lost their credibility when their SOLE goal was to get Obama out of office! YES, the President has VETO powers, but that is used sparingly. IF the republicans do not change their ways and start helping US and OUR country then I can foresee them being relagated to history and the 2 (TWO) parties will become democrat & Independent!

    November 7, 2012 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  20. Anonymous

    GOP = dinosaurs GOP= out of the house in 2 years. Nobody wants that old white guys from the 50s that are pro upper class governing anymore

    November 7, 2012 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  21. Wilson

    We learned that this was another Dole/Clinton race. The only reason Clinton won the second term is Bob Dole was the republican candidate. Even I had to vote for Clinton in that election, though I did not vote for him his first term.

    November 7, 2012 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  22. Guest

    Keep the handouts coming. We have more work to do Mr. President...driving this nation into the ground. Thanks for your partisan and divisive assistance.

    November 7, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  23. ronvan

    WILSON: I hope that you are wrong! Personally, I am fed up with the blame game, finger pointing, etc.. Obama's legacy is NOW his, TOTALLY, and if he cannot get BOTH parties to quit acting like spoiled brats and actually work together to solve OUR problems, then it will be more of the same, and again, for me, will result in his being a failed presidency! It is way past time, for these people, that WE elected, to WORK on our and this countries problems!

    November 7, 2012 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  24. Guest

    Give a man a fish and he'll keep coming back for free fish! When the makers are broke under Obamas taxation and healthcare and amnesty, the takers will suffer more than they are already! SAD! Reforming would have been better for everyone, redistributing will only go so far!

    November 7, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  25. FactCheck

    We learned that Romney was as petty an individual right down to the very end.

    November 7, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
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