Mitt Romney: 'We Lost, but I'm Not Going Away'
Promises to help GOP candidates: Politico
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 25, 2013 5:36 PM CST
Mitt Romney delivers his concession speech at his election night rally in Boston on Nov. 7.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – It wasn't the speech he hoped to give during inauguration week in Washington, but Mitt Romney spoke nonetheless today to a closed-door session of donors and campaign bigwigs. Politico has the quote getting the most play:

  • “We lost, but I’m not going away. I will continue to help.”
That doesn't mean he's running again; in fact he made clear he's not, according to those present. But Romney promised to help GOP candidates in gubernatorial elections, the congressional midterms, and, yes, the 2016 presidential race. He also pledged to start speaking out again on national matters.

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Jan 27, 2013 6:34 AM CST
Actually, the way I see it, the people who voted for Mitt Romney were not really voting FOR Mitt Romney per se. They were voting for ANYONE BUT OBAMA. And that's why he lost -- it was a negative sort of thing. For some reason, too, Romney sort of lost momentum towards the end. He creamed Obama during the first debate, made a lot of points with the electorate. But then he blew the 2nd and 3rd debates... badly. At the end, his campaign was just a whimper. The last pol I remember shriveling up and blowing away just as the election campaigns were coming to an end, was George H.W. Bush (Dubya's dad). It's like he hit the canvas, threw the fight, and let Bill Clinton win. I mean, Clinton would've won anyway, he was extremely popular (especially with the ladies, heh heh), but hell's bells, Bush just fricking gave up!
Jan 26, 2013 7:38 PM CST
The only help Romney can give Republican hopefuls is digging into his deep pockets and pay for their campaigns. If he opens his mouth, they'll lose and if he keeps supporting GOP candidates hoping for a win, he'll soon go bankrupt. What a glorious end for a twerp.
Jan 26, 2013 6:42 PM CST
Ring Ring, Obamaphone