Romney concedes presidential election to Obama

WASHINGTON Wed Nov 7, 2012 1:50am EST

1 of 3. U.S. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney stands on stage with his wife Ann during his election night rally in Boston, Massachusetts November 7, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Shannon Stapleton

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Mitt Romney conceded the U.S. presidential election to President Barack Obama early on Wednesday morning after a hard-fought campaign.

"This is a time of great challenges for America and I pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation," Romney told supporters in Boston after calling Obama to congratulate him.

Obama defeated Romney in a number of key swing states, despite the weak economic recovery and stubbornly high unemployment that dogged his campaign.

Television networks called the election late on Tuesday, but the Romney campaign waited more than an hour to agree on the results in Ohio.

"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," Romney said in his concession speech.

This is the second time the former Massachusetts governor has made a run for the presidency. Romney had promised to revive the nation's economy through reforming the tax code, reducing the debt and confronting China on its trade practices.

(Reporting By Kim Dixon and Rachelle Younglai; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

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Comments (3)
Vis_Viva wrote:
Boom, baby.

Nov 07, 2012 1:17am EST  --  Report as abuse
Libicz wrote:
Romney’s concession speech is the only one I ever wished to hear him make; otherwise, to hear more, I would have developed a chronic vomiting syndrome!!

Curious, it sounded honest and sincere, so I didn’t vomit!

Nov 07, 2012 2:23am EST  --  Report as abuse
Libicz wrote:
Curious too, that almost two days later, only two people have
commented on this item (I presume I’ll be the last). Where are
all those Republicans whose radical, hateful and deluded – the Reuters/Ipsos polls were all wrong, they furiously insisted, all
liberal, socialist rubbish – comments I read on these pages?

Come on. Your own deluded, yer sober, commander in chief, Mitt Romney, was gracious in his concession speech, so where are your concession comments? No?

You see, it’ll never happen because ideologues can not, for the life of them, think openly, lucidly and honestly. I remember during the early Bush Jr. years of presidency, the Democrats so as to regain the presidency and congress, were incited to be more like the Republicans, more religiously evangelical, more socially conservative, more Tea Party before its time. I don’t think they did because they could see the pitfalls of this incitement that were not in their modern-day tradition.

Republicans, what are you being incited to do? Cosy up to Latinos are you? Ha! Good Luck!!

Nov 08, 2012 2:33pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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