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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney gives his concession speech in Boston, Wednesday (screen capture: Channel 2 News)
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney gives his concession speech in Boston, Wednesday (screen capture: Channel 2 News)

Romney is on stage at his campaign HQ. “I have just called President Obama to congratulate him on his victory… This is a time of great challenges for America and I pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation.”

Romney calls Veep candidate Ryan “the best choice” he ever made apart from his wife Anne, “the love of my life… She would have been a wonderful First Lady.”

He praises his campaign team, and everyone who worked on the campaign nationwide. “Thanks for all the hours of work… you gave deeply from yourselves… you inspired us and you humbled us.”

“We can’t risk partisan bickering,” he says, speaking about reaching across the aisle, and about the importance of spiritual guidance from religious leaders including rabbis. We must “put the people before the politics,” he says.

“I believe in America. I believe in the people of America. And I ran for office because I’m concerned about America…

“Paul and I… have given our all to this campaign. I so wish that I had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction.” But the nation chose differently, says Romney, and he says he prays for the president’s success. He ends with a “God bless America.”

That was a dignified speech. He looked almost relieved. Certainly not humiliated or battered.

NBC praises him for declaring that “the election is over” and in so doing attempting to start a healing process. Fox calls the concession “gracious” and says Obama “has a difficult road ahead.”

Now we await Obama’s victory speech.

 

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