Romney adviser: 'We thought we would win'
November 7th, 2012
01:00 PM ET
9 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. rs

    The problem is they believed their own nonsense. This is the problem with the GOP. Don't like the statistics? Question the credibility of the federal agancy. Don't like the polls? Alter their data to show a GOP win. Don't like the President? Call him a Kenyan Marxist.

    This might work on the public or on voters to some extent, but when you believe what you put out (knowing you made it up)- that's called delusional. You just look foolish in the end.

    November 7, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  2. gr8 usa

    Is that the reason you didn't write a concession speech, delaying the President's acceptance speech (delaying my bedtime and making me so tired today)?

    November 7, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. St James Place

    Willard could dedicate himself to getting colmpanies to return to the United States. However that is never going to happen.

    Willard M. Romney just go away. Please

    November 7, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  4. Al-NY,NY

    "There is no word on President Barack Obama's invitation to sit down with Romney"........why in the world would Obama waste his time sitting down with Flip Flopney??? Mr 1% is now thankfully completely irrelevant to politics and should immediately be ignored.

    November 7, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |

    Running as a severe conservative during the primaries then flipping to centrist during the general election does not win you an election. Oh, and the impudent lies didn't help you either. Get a clue, GOP! We are multi-ethnic, multi-racial, and global. The 50s have been long over and if you do not embrace young voters or minorities your party is now officially kaput.

    November 7, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. iampraying

    I am thankful that OBAMA/BIDEN WON–

    November 7, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. tallone

    Gosh! Romney had to write a concession speech in a hurry, because he said the
    day before the election, he had only wrote a 1100 – 1200 word acceptance speech.
    Gee! Too bad.

    November 7, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  8. vet in tx

    I'm going to make this real simple for those who seem to not understand what happened, and explain why Romney/Ryan did not win:

    You are letting pundits, and high paid entertainers give you all of your information. They are intentionally misleading you, with outright lies, and misleading statements you are choosing to believe because they brainwashed you into believing it's always "the main stream media". Stories that aren't factual and missing key facts that would otherwise show you what happened. When you wonder, "why didn't he bring up Libya", "why didn't he talk about fast and furious", "why didn't he talk about Solyandra"'s quite simple, the actual facts that they report on talk radio and televisions aren't actually factually accurate and if you bring them up in a debate, you will be proven as a lier....think Candy Crowley and Obama in the Rose Garden the next day saying "this Act of Terror will not go unpunished" (paraphrasing of the top of my head but he did say act of terror).

    So you need not be mad at the majority of the electorate, you need to be upset with the people you get your information from. They and they only set the tone. "I hope he fails", "I hurt my back moving boxes and can't stand up", "you lie", "he pals with terrorist", "death panels", etc.

    I know, I'll hear the "47million on foodstamps", and "23 million unemployed", but without going in depth and making generalized statements, you will never win. Just start preparing for Santorum in 2016 and be even more depressed. It's not the end of the world.

    Essayons America!

    November 7, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  9. Dawn

    Really ! With all the blatant LIES. He had no chance in hell. People saw right through this evil.
    Now he will NEVER be President, and Ann will NEVER be 1st Lady. Titles I do belive they both think they deserved to have. Dawn.

    November 7, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  10. Wake up People!

    The reason you lost is your own fault. You believe your own lies and rhetoric. You pander to these crazy tea baggers and their fanaticism.

    Bottom line is, you underestimated President Obama's intelligence. You believed the baggers when they said he was dumb, incompetent, and only got where he is due to affirmative action, therefore he was able to use your own arrogance against you. It didn't help that you guys picked a candidate that felt entitled to the presidency. He felt he didn't have to follow the rules like everyone else. He flip flopped on every issue, the only one he didn't budge on was his taxes.

    FOX News should be removed from the air. They are a disease.

    November 7, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  11. Curt

    Thats right blame it on turnout. Don't suppose all Mitts flip flops and lies had anything to do with it.

    November 7, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  12. Romney is NOT My Hero

    BWHAHAHAHAHA – You thought WRONG - The best way to move FORWARD from this is to work WITH the President and stop all of this biased, hateful, ignorant lies and bickering. Hopefully this lesson was learned last night (though I doubt it).

    Congratulations PRESIDENT OBAMA!

    November 7, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. bee

    How did you think you would win, without cheating with only one demographic that you were pondering to.Think u forgot that there are not only white americans, but brown,black and yellow americans that want a shot as well. Suppressing the vote, intimidation by placing billboards in certain neighborhoods.Obamas game was tight, and it gave some, if not all in the republican party a reality check.

    November 7, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  14. Dave Jaipersaud

    Ha! Ha! – Romney/Ryan & the Republicans lost. What a bunch of losers. The GOP can try to blame their loss on Democrats ground game, weather, too much regulations, tax increases on the rich, climate change etc. but the people saw through all the lies and nonsense they were selling. I hope the Republican learnt a lesson that the American people are not forgetful and stupid. We can remember clearly what happened when the Republicans were in charge of the White House.

    It was painful watching Fox News try to spin a major Republican loss into a major Republican win. All of their projections that Romney would win were dead wrong. It proves that Fox News has not credibility. Everyone of them. So for those folks who watch Fox News and listen to House and Senate Republicans and their surrogates spew their lies as gospel, this is a wake-up call. They are leading you down a losing path.

    Now we can continue to build and move this country forward.

    November 7, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    Thank you CO for giving new meaning to "Denver Nuggets" and "Mile High Stadium." /wink

    November 7, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. Sally Bergmoser

    Might have done better if Romnet spoke about the Bebgahzi cover-up!

    November 7, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  17. big jim

    It was quite clear that arrogant jerk Romney hadn't even bothered to write a concession speech. He pulled his concession straight out of his rear-end at the last minute.

    November 7, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. Jeff O'Dette

    I'll tell you why you lost. No. 1. Bain. The mountain of debt they lined their with is criminal. They stole it. Then they didn't pay tax on it. No. 2. 47%. It showed who Romney really is. The number really is 53%. He should have. No. 3. Self deport. Hispanics may not be all that happy with Obama but with 2 words Romney scared the hell out of a whole lot of people. No. 4. Ryan. No other words needed.

    November 7, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  19. 1twinsfan

    Demographically, you banked on winning the straight, rich, white man vote not realizing you were outnumbered by gays, women, poor, middle-class, union members, minorities and the people that love someone who falls within those classes with many overlapping

    November 7, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. Anthony

    I was reading the article "why Romney lost," and I have something to say. Some Republicans are bitter that Chris Christie praised Obama in the wake of Sandy. He did not have to bear-hug him, said one Republican insider. Honestly, can Republicans put politics aside when disasters like Sandy happen? What Christie and Obama did was bipartisanship. When disasters like Sandy happen, people come together. That was what Christie and Obama did. Remember, Romney campaigned on bipartisanship. He stopped campaigning for a few days too. Republicans, your candidate acted like an adult after he lost. You should too.

    November 7, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  21. Deme Joseph

    Well Rom, you tried to buy this election, you called us names, the 47%, you created a hate state in this country and you can go and ask your Mormon God for forgiveness, I will and need to ask my God to help me forgive you and your hatefull, hollier then thou family. Good bye.

    November 7, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  22. Boo

    Translation – "We thought the American people were naive and gullible enough to fall for our lies and flip-flopping."

    November 7, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  23. cali girl

    Looks like that all the national polls(up to 20) that consistently had President Obama in the lead was all wrong. Robmey had is very own polls that put him in a blowout over the President.
    It's Robmey's fault with his thinking he was entitled.

    November 7, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  24. just sayin

    romney was just too nice of a guy to run against the street animals from chicago. he needed to be street fighter tough and take no prisoners. he turned into another mccain. he let obama off the hook during the last 2 debates. he should have come back hard on benghazi in the thrid debate with the facts showing obama was a liar. nice of 60 minutes to edit out that part in their interview to help obama.

    and he got no help from some of the other republicans that were busy helping obama with distractions and photo ops.

    November 7, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  25. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The way the quote was stated, it sounds like that came from Mr. Etch-A-Sketch Eric Fehrnstrom. Shoulda, coulda, woulda, you lost! Now go to bed.

    November 7, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
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