Romney adviser: 'We thought we would win'
November 7th, 2012
01:00 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney adviser: 'We thought we would win'

(CNN) – A now former senior adviser to Mitt Romney said the campaign staff was confident Election Day would end in celebration for the GOP presidential nominee.

"We thought we would win. You have to think you're going to win, otherwise these things are just a fancy charter tour of the country," the adviser told CNN.

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Asked what made the difference, the adviser pointed to the Obama campaign's turnout. "They said their turnout effort would make the difference and it did."

Those claims of confidence heading into election night are consistent with the sentiments expressed by Romney to his traveling press corps aboard the then-candidate's last flight to Boston. Romney told reporters on the plane he thought he was going to prevail. He had no regrets and was proud of his campaign.

As for Romney's future, the adviser did not have much to add other than that the former Massachusetts governor is likely to spend the next several days getting some rest and spending time with his family.

There is no word on President Barack Obama's invitation to sit down with Romney and "talk about where (they) can work together to move this country forward," a sentiment Obama expressed in his victory speech.

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soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Name Independent Thinker

    Mr Romney, while I may not agree with your stance, you are still a business man. Please sit down with the President and help this country heal. We do want your ideas on helping with the job market, just leave all the personhood rhetoric behind. It is time to put the last 18 months behind us and move on to another chapter of which you could be a part off.

    November 7, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    The Republican party shoulld be careful and not lay this loss at the feet of Mitt Romney or chalk it up solely as the result of great turnout and a great Democratic ground game. While the latter may be have to ask yourselves "why"? Why was the Democratic turnout and ground game so strong....? Was it it due to the magnetism and appeal of what was a beatable Barack Obama...?

    Or was it because the Republican party – along with tea party steering – has become so extreme it has drifted dangerously right of the poliical highway, and young people, immigrants, and those that did not want to return to 1950's America turned out in droves to prevent it.... Until the GOP stop relying on senior and middle aged white men and adapt....they are destined to contuniue to finish a close second again in 2016...

    "It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change."

    November 7, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  3. anonoymous

    To the Romney supporters I hope you will shallow your pride and realize it's a new day. As an Obama supporter I truly believe we can rise above all that divides us. I thought Mr Romney showed a side of himself that was always there but his advisors didnt or wouldnt show of him. I believe he loves his country but didnt show the love all the people the country entails. The gop needs to do a better job of thinking outside of the box. Most of us young people dont want to be associated with the party of hate. Congrats Mr Obama on a second term. God bless you and God bless america!

    November 7, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Does the Romney campaign realize how much their own campaign, and Republican party as a whole, motivated people to get and vote?

    November 7, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  5. GOP = Greed Over People!

    Going to keep sifting through old goat bones and chicken feet for future forecasting?

    Keep bashing Nate for using the voodoo of science and mathematics even though he was 100% correct, calling all the states right down to the popular vote count but I forget, he works for the liberal rag, NYT.

    Stay in the Fox echo chamber an get your "fox poll facts" from Scott Rasmussen, a paid Fox contributor.


    November 7, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  6. JohnPeel

    Romney adviser: 'We thought we would win' – I didn't think so.....not for a minute.


    November 7, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  7. chilly g

    i live in the states of maryland but i would like to think the peoples of missouri and the peoples of indiana for not voting for the two nutty senate candiates.

    November 7, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. simp

    His concession speech seem sincere, I'm just glad this is over this man scared me, he lied to much he and his family had the attitude they were entitled to be in the WH. NOT!!

    November 7, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  9. Sueb

    I am trying very hard to be kind and charitable and wish Romney well; but after living through his years as governor here in Massachusetts, I can't. Mitt Romney lied about his record, he lied about his policies and he lied about lying. If he really didn't write a concession speech last night until after the election was called, it's just one more sign of his arrogance. The 47% helped to defeat you Mister Romney–turnabout is fair play.

    November 7, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  10. cleareye1

    The Republican Party had better do an about face or they risk becoming completely irrelevant in modern America. The "T-Party' faction should be placed in the corner while a newer, more progressive thinking group takes charge. The country has evolved so far away from the old conservative ideas that they are almost laughable. THe party should beg people like Snowe and Lugar to return.

    November 7, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  11. Jules

    I think that President Obama should sit down and talk to Romney about moving his millions back to this country from offshore accounts so it can be used to make small business loans to help create jobs. That's what Romney said he wanted to do, right?

    November 7, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  12. MaryM

    Republicans, you want to know why you lost. It is your obstructionist POLICIES and your extreme riegh wing nut jobs , your hate filled representatives like Limbaugh, Hannity, Bachmann, Gov Bob, transvaginal probe, McDonnell, your willingness to talk about women as if they were second class citizens to be told what to do. You do have some good republicans like Gov Chris Christi who is willing to work across the aisle to get things done and fiscal responsible is good and compromise is ever better.
    Repubs, If you want to regain the respect of the Majority of the American people,
    scrape off the tea party, get rid of the extreme right wing nut jobs , tear up the Norquist pledges and Pledge to help the American people and show some compassion for the poor Americans. THAT IS WHY YOU LOST !!!!

    November 7, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. nothing new here

    Evolve, Republicans.

    November 7, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  14. Data Driven

    "They said their turnout would make the difference and it did"

    Or as Chris Christie said, Romney didn't get enough votes. HA HA HA HA

    November 7, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
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