One of Brian’s Favorite Quotes
I observed in different countries that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer; and on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves and became richer. More will be done for their happiness by inuring them to provide for themselves than could be done by dividing all your estates among them.”
— Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790)
Mitt Romney Admits It Was Only Florida Exit Polls That Convinced Him He Could Not Win Election
Obama ended up taking Florida and won the election by a wide margin in the electoral vote.
Romney says there was “a slow recognition” at that time that President Barack Obama would win — and the race soon was over when
Romney says the loss hit hard and was emotional. Ann Romney says she cried.
The former Massachusetts governor acknowledges mistakes in the campaign and flaws in his candidacy.
But he jokes that he did better in his second run for the White House than he did the first time around — when he lost the 2008 nomination to Arizona Sen. John McCain.
He says he won’t get a third crack at it.
Romney says his campaign didn’t do a good job connecting with minority voters, and that Republicans must do a better job in appealing to African-Americans and Hispanics.
But he knows that because he lost the race, it’s hard to tell the GOP to listen now to what he has to say about how to improve the party’s message.
The Romneys are living in Southern California now and he’s kept a low profile since the election. He says “you move on” from the disappointment and that “I don’t spend my life looking back.”
Ann Romney says that after the election she was approached by TV’s “Dancing with the Stars,” but declined to join the cast.
She says she’ll be turning 64 soon and “I’m not really as flexible as I should be.”
The interview was taped Thursday and aired Sunday.