Mitt Romney was gracious in defeat after a bitter and hard-fought campaign. After calling President Obama to congratulate him on his victory, Romney gave a short concession speech in Boston urging Americans to put aside "partisan bickering and political posturing," Politico reports. "I pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation," he said.
"I want to thank Paul Ryan for all that he has done for our campaign. And for our country. Besides my wife Ann, Paul is the best choice I’ve ever made." Ann, who joined Romney on stage, "would have been a wonderful first lady," he said. "I so wish that I had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction," Romney told his supporters, "but the nation chose another leader." (Read the full transcript here.)