Mitt Romney may have lost the election but he evidently hasn’t lost the hearts of many conservatives. Introduced at CPAC a few minutes ago, Romney was given a prolonged standing ovation and welcomed with chants of “Mitt! Mitt! Mitt!”
Romney, acknowledging he lost the election, nevertheless advised optimism and encouraged attendees to look to the states, where GOP governors are having success. Romney said we should be paying particular attention to Republican governors in purple states, including Chris Christie who he mentioned by name, and who wasn’t invited to CPAC this year after his post-Hurricane Sandy embrace of President Obama.
Much of the rest of Romney’s speech was a general defense of America and the American dream. The former Massachusetts governor also pledged to fight for conservatism. “I’m sorry I won’t be your president,” he said, “but I will be your co-worker and I’ll continue to fight alongside you.”