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Watch Mitt Romney's Concession Speech for Election 2012

Watch Mitt Romney's Concession Speech for Election 2012

Mitt Romney waves to the crowd before conceding the presidency at his election night event held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center on early Wednesday morning (November 7) in Massachusetts.

The 65-year-old former governor conceded the race after it became clear that his opponent Barack Obama had won the race, with wins in almost all of the crucial swing states.

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Watch Mitt Romney‘s concession speech in full below!

Mitt Romney – Concession Speech 2012

Click inside to read Mitt Romney’s full concession speech…

“Thank you my friends so very much, thank you. I have just called President Obama to congratulate him on his victory. His supporters and his campaign also deserve congratulations. I wish all of them well but particularly the President, the First Lady and their daughters. This is a time of great challenges for America and I pray the President will be successful in guiding our nation. I want to thank Paul Ryan for all he has done for our campaign.

And for our country, besides my wife Ann, Paul is the best choice I’ve ever made. And I trust that his intellect and his hard work and his commitment to principle will continue to contribute to the good of our nation. I also wanna thank Ann the love of my life. She would have been a wonderful first lady, she has been that and more to me to our family and to the many people she has touched with her compassion, and her care.

I thank my sons for their tireless work on behalf of the campaign and thank their wives and children for taking up the slack as their husbands and dads have spent so many weeks away from home.

I want to thank Matt Rhodes and the dedicated campaign team he lead. [applause] They have made an extraordinary effort not just for me but also for the country that we love.

And to you here tonight, and to the team across the country, the volunteers, the fundraisers, the doners, the surrogates, I don’t believe that there has ever been an effort in our party that can compare with what you have done over these past years. Thank you so very much. [applause]

Thanks for all the hours of work, for the calls, for the speeches, for the appearances, for the resources and for the prayers you gave deeply from yourselves and performed magnificently and you inspired us and you humbled us. You’ve been the very best we could have imagined.

The nation, as you know, is at a critical point. At a time like this we can’t risk partisan bickering and political posturing. Our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the peoples work. And we citizens also have to rise to the occasion. We look to our teachers, our professors; we count on you not just to teach but to inspire our children with a passion for learning and discovery.

We look to our pastors and priests and rabbis and counselors of all kinds to testify of the enduring principles upon which our society is built; honesty, charity, integrity and family.

We look to our parents, for in the final analysis everything depends on the success of our homes. We look to job creators of all kinds, we’re counting on you to invest, to hire, to step forward. And we look to Democrats and Republicans in government at all kinds of levels to put the people before the politics.

I believe in America. I believe in the people of America. [cheers and applause] And I ran for office because I’m concerned about America. This election is over but our principles endure. I believe that the principles upon which this nation was founded are the only sure guide to a resurgent economy and renewed greatness.

Like so many of you, Paul and I have left everything on the field. We have given our all to this campaign. [applause] I so wish, I so wish that I had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction.

But the nation chose another leader and so Ann and I join with you to earnestly pray for him and for this great nation. Thank you and God Bless America. You guys are the best. Thank you so much. Thank you, thanks guys.”

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  • ex nihilo

    graciously done, but… buh bye now

  • gina

    I hoped he really meant what he said that he wishing President Obama success, but that kinda sounds like BS to me.

  • ariel

    Robotic as usual. Good luck. Probably won’t be running again.

    The concession speech depicted how perfunctory of a person Romney is …. he simply never looks relaxed nor trustworthy.

  • James

    The speech did not seem heartfelt. Perhaps he was still in shock.

    I could not bring myself to vote for this man. Good luck to him.

    God bless America.

  • LooseLipz

    Back to buying real estate you lying pompous nutcase.

  • Tara

    I agree. He looked like a shell of a person on that stage. I guess he was that delusional and distraught. He refused to concede until the very end, perhaps it was because he was writing that half-hearted speech. The Republican party need a makeover — they need something.

  • Kaya

    You’re basic, bye.


    Well Done…Classy

  • Laie

    I voted today, and my friends did the same. I am an Independent in large part — I did not vote for Romney because he never appeared to have a candid message or plan. In addition, his stance on woman issues are sub-par.

    Romney was the wrong choice for me, and I hope he does not return to the political landscape because he is a robot. There are enough calculated, self-absorbed, robots in politics.

    God bless us all. God bless America.

  • MBA

    Sorry that speech was weak. Romney appeared lifeless, and the room did not have as many people as the campaign would like us to believe. The man did not even win Massachusetts! The state he served in and opted to use as his headquarters.

    If he cannot run his campaign well, well he cannot run America. Business 101 Good luck to him–he needs to take a vacation with his family with all his riches.

  • Tony

    What an uninspired speech! I did not see a President on that stage at all. Not president caliber at all, I do not care how much money he has, how much his suits cost, how well manicured he appears… Romney just did not and could not cut it. Thank goodness I voted with reason, as opposed to hype and circuitous rhetoric.

  • you lose

    LOL you know he is drinking tonight!!!!!!!!!

  • ugh

    That was a dignified and truthful speech.

    Unfortunatly most of the people commenting on this page appear to have difficulty understanding people and the nature of politics. Do you guys really vote based on appearances and demeanor? Are you so moved by the media hype and presentation that you are unable to distinguish professionalism, compentency and ability? I feel sad for our country if that is the depth of thought that people engage in when casting votes in our elections. If you aren’t capable of looking beyond the hype and understanding principles, integrity and ability, it would be better for us as a nation if you didn’t vote.

  • cbs1823

    So humbling to see those whose candidate won be so classy in their response to the losing candidate’s conceding speech. Grow up, people, and step away from the Obama shrine for a second. There’s a lot of work to do yet, and we need to come together as a people to get it done. Are you not exhausted from your relentless bashing and hatefulness?

  • Karen

    I voted for him and I don’t regret a thing

  • Wanderlust


    Yeah and you’re one stupid idiot who voted for the wrong man.

  • Romney Supporter


    No you voted without using your intelligence and common sense!

    You deserve what you’re gonna get in the next 4 years.

  • Romney Supporter


    And the man you voted has dignity? Guess you never follow the news.
    Many say Obama should be impeached for the Benghazi situation.

    Truth shall prevail.

  • Marigold

    @cbs1823: Very well said! I totally agree with you. Reflect on yourselves for one second if what you’re saying really benefited you. You can do whatever you want today but make sure you will not regret it tomorrow. Speaking hate thoughts towards someone who is only doing his job as an opponent to Obama… didn’t you realize that if there’s no Romney there will be no Obama as president on this election. Think how boring it is for your country if there’s no Romney as competition. But bottom line is, just check the progress Obama will be doing, and just be happy and if you want to support him do it. Spread love not hateful words. Remember people who only speaks hatred thoughts are pitiful. Just an opinion.

  • chris

    You can’t help that the votes were bias. He’s 64 and he looks way younger then Obama.

  • Romney Supporter


    Like you are an expert in politics and world affairs. Romney is far more a better person in real life. Happily married who raised five wonderful and amazing sons and blessed with 18 grandkids. Romney grew up n a nice loving home. His parents raised him well. Romney’s resume far exceeds O’s resume in accomplishments, experiences and academic excellence. Romney graduated “cum laude” at Harvard where he earned a degree in business finance and law.

    Need I say more!

  • Registered NUrse

    What a speech, all the best Mr.Romney,God Bless You and your family !!!! I am a big supporter of Republican

  • chris

    @Romney Supporter:

    I guess America can’t stand a smart person. We’re doom.

  • mac

    I’m sorry but it was the worst concession speech that I’ve ever heard. I was remembering McCain’s speech 4 years ago which was extremenly classy and gracious. Maybe Romney showed who he really was, finally, and maybe it was fortunate for Americans not choosing him.

  • chris


    Well in his head he’s probably thinking, “we’re doom”.

  • politics

    @Romney Supporter:

    people in business finance don’t know how to manage a business. all they are is number crunchers.

  • politics

    @Romney Supporter:

    obama also studied law and beat him in a debate where obama successfully prosecuted romney.

  • politics

    clearly obama is the better lawyer.

  • gracious

    I have to say Romney’s concession was gracious. he was actually a gracious loser. he should have been more like this throughout the campaign. not the loser part, but gracious.

  • Jerry

    Romney was more gracious than some of his supporters in that crowd who booed Obama and ACTUALLY BOOED when Romney talked about reaching across the aisle to the Democrats to work together. The Rep lack of support and collaboration with the Dems has been what’s tearing this country apart.
    Unfortunately the Reps have just gone so far to the right that their only concern seems to be for themselves.
    Also, Romney and Ryan look shifty as hell.

  • Sal

    Romney=jobs, less gov’t. obama=unemployment, welfare state
    America lost.

  • KL

    HAHAAAAA.Republicans. You screwed Ron Paul supporters and it came back to haunt you as predicted. You made no attempts to invite RP and his platform, even in the slightest way, into the fold. So many of us did not vote or wrote his name in, etc. The truth is that the GOP is a dinosaur and can no longer win without drastic change, listening to all. The fact is that 60% of all Americans are socially liberal ,fiscally conservative, against unecessary war and you fail to recognize that.

  • Sw


    I could not agree more about this comment! Tonight proved that so many Americans only vote based on the ads they see and what celebrities tell them to do…How sad that people could not take time to get a well-rounded education of ALL candidates.

  • We need to move on

    We need to move on people. No doubt people were heavily invested in this election and I have not seen the long lines lining up to vote in any election prior. It’s obvious the country is divided, our elections are so close. I really hope the Congress can work together this time for the good of all. May God Bless our country.

  • Mary

    He hasn’t prepared a concession speech; only victory speech. I think he’s a good person but the party he represents need to shake it up. Make it representative of all than the right. Mitt appears too rich and out of touch for ordinary people.

  • keka

    @Romney Supporter: his grades and personal life say absolutely NOTHING about his abilities as POTUS. The truth is that Romney had no legitimate plans or anything, he based his campaign on attacking Obama which in the end failed for him. Most people that I heard that voted for him voted only because they didn’t like Obama, not because they felt he would be a good leader. There is a big difference between voting someone because you believe in him or voting for him because he’s not the other candidate.

  • karl

    hes not the celeberity type… Look at Obama hes not a president, but a celeberity… Anyways, US is doomed which ever of them had been elected…

  • mas192

    Now what has to do with being president of the country

  • whocares

    Let’s not forget that McCain picked Palin over Romney as vice president candidate 4 years ago.. and she was dumb as bricks