Romney Concedes

He thanks Ryan, says he'll pray for Obama's success

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 7, 2012 12:15 AM CST

(Newser) – 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.)

Mitt Romney, embraces his wife Ann as Paul Ryan and his wife Janna walk onstage at left at Romney's election night rally in Boston.
Mitt Romney, embraces his wife Ann as Paul Ryan and his wife Janna walk onstage at left at Romney's election night rally in Boston.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Mitt Romney arrives at his election night rally in Boston.
Mitt Romney arrives at his election night rally in Boston.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Mitt Romney gives his concession speech in Boston.
Mitt Romney gives his concession speech in Boston.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Mitt Romney arrives at the podium to give his concession speech.
Mitt Romney arrives at the podium to give his concession speech.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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