November 9, 2012
On whether the election results constitute a rejection of conservatism by the electorate…
If the three million votes, the three million Republicans that everybody thought would turn out had turned out, three million Republicans did not vote, the statistical analysis is that if those three million had voted for Romney, Romney would have won the popular vote by a couple hundred thousand. We didn't lose this because of immigration. We didn't lose this because of women. We lost it because we didn't turn out the base. There were eight million Obama voters who did not vote this year as opposed to 2008. There was not more enthusiasm for Obama in this country. It was not conservatism that lost. It was not our ideals that lost. It was our campaign strategy. That's where this was lost. Reagan's words ring true. Don't give up your ideals. Recognize there are millions and millions of Americans who want what you want.