In his first major public address since losing the November election, a warmly received Mitt Romney urges the youthful CPAC crowd to 'learn from our mistakes and my mistakes.'
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.
In his first major public address since losing last November’s presidential race, Mitt Romney offered gratitude and some advice to a ballroom full of enthusiastic conservative activists Friday.
“Now, as someone who just lost the last election, I'm probably not in the best position to chart the course for the next one,” Mr. Romney said to laughter at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC.
Then he made a well-received strong pitch to follow the lead of the Republican governors.
“Perhaps because I'm a former governor, I would urge us all to learn lessons that come from some of our greatest success stories,” Romney said. “And that's 30 Republican governors across the country.”
He pointed in particular to Republican governors in Democratic-leaning and swing states, such as New Jersey, Virginia, Ohio, New Mexico, Wisconsin, and Nevada. Notably, two of those governors – Chris Christie of New Jersey and Bob McDonnell of Virginia – were not invited to speak at CPAC, presumably because of recent actions that broke with conservative orthodoxy.
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