Romney Praises GOP Govs, Pax Americana
2:09 PM, Mar 15, 2013 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
During his speech at CPAC on Friday, Mitt Romney acknowledged that he'd made "mistakes" during the 2012 campaign and confessed that "as someone who just lost the last election, I'm probably not the best person to chart the course for the next election." The former GOP presidential nominee didn't dwell on the campaign or his mistakes. He didn't even speak much about himself.
Rather, he offered two pieces of advice: First, he told conservatives, look to the best your party has to offer. Second, look to the best your country has to offer the world.
"I would urge you to learn the lessons that come from some of our greatest success stories: the 30 Republican governors," Romney said.
"Yes, they are winning elections, but more importantly, they are solving problems," Romney continued. "Big problems. Important problems. Governor Nathan Deal of Georgia secured a constitutional amendment to expand charter schools. Governor Rick Snyder signed Right to Work legislation—in Michigan! Several secured tort reform. Many turned huge deficits into surpluses. Republican governors reached across the aisle, offered innovative solutions and have been willing to take the heat to make tough decisions.
"We need the ideas and leadership of each of these governors. We particularly need to hear from the Governors of the blue and purple states, like Bob McDonnell, Scott Walker, John Kasich, Susanna Martinez, Chris Christie, and Brian Sandoval because their states are among those we must win to take the Senate and the White House."
Romney also praised his running mate, Paul Ryan, and then went on to offer some advice to future presidential candidates and President Obama.
"If I were to offer advice to any president of the United States, it would be this: do whatever you can do to keep America the most prosperous and free and powerful nation on earth," Romney said. He added:
You can read Romney's full speech, as prepared for delivery, here.