We heard it as we were going off the air on the Hugh Hewitt Show marathon — a classy end to a disappointing evening. Mitt Romney graciously conceded defeat to Barack Obama in the presidential election after nearly two years of campaigning, offering his prayers for Obama’s efforts and for America’s future:
“Paul [Ryan] and I have left everything on the field … we have given our all to this campaign,” he said, adding, “I so wish I had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead this country in a different direction,” but that he would pray for the current president.
He also thanked his chosen running mate, saying, “Besides my wife Ann, Paul was the best choice I ever made.”
He went on to thank his family, especially his wife, Ann. “She would have been a wonderful first lady,” he told the crowd.
He cautioned against partisan politics in the days and months to come, saying the he would “pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation.”
“We can’t risk partisan bickering … we citizens have to rise to the occasion.”
I’ll have more thoughts on this in the morning, but figured you’d want a chance to comment on the speech tonight.