After holding up Election Night to contest Ohio poll results, Mitt Romney finally congratulated President Barack Obama on being re-elected.
Mitt Romney was not prepared to lose the election.
According to The Boston Herald, the former governor of Massachusetts did not write a concession speech heading into Tuesday evening. Instead, Mitt had his mind set on taking The White House and had only drafted a 1,118 word victory address.
Aside from initially refusing to concede a loss in Ohio, and thus the entire election, that might be another reason he took so long to deliver a short concession speech.
Taking just over five minutes to thank his supporters and offer up congratulations to Barack and his campaign and supporters. "I wish all of them well, but particularly the president, the first lady and their daughters," Mitt said to sparse applause. "This is a time of great challenges for America and I pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation."
Turning his attention to his own camp, the first person her addressed was his running mate Sen. Paul Ryan, who was re-elected to his house seat in Wisconsin.
"I want to thank Paul Ryan for all that he has done for our campaign and for out country," said Mitt. "Besides my wife Ann [Romney], Paul was the best choice I could have made."
After stating that he though Ann would have made a great first lady, he also thanked his sons and their families for the sacrifices they made to support his unsuccessful run for office. But, most of all, Mitt wanted to express his appreciation for the voters and volunteers in his push for the presidency.
"You gave deeply from yourselves and you performed magnificently. You’ve inspired us and you’ve humbled us," said Mitt.
Finally, he told supporters that he expects them to lay they political differences aside in the spirit of working together with the president to move America forward. "The nation, as you know, is at a critical point. At a time like this, we can’t risk partisan bickering and political posturing," Mitt stated. "Our leaders have to reach across the aisles to do the people’s work, and we citizens also have to rise to the occasion."
Watch Mitt’s full concession speech below.