Mitt Romney hasn’t written concession speech


Speaking with reporters on his campaign plane for the last time, Mitt Romney revealed that he's only written one speech so far. 

"I just finished writing a victory speech," he told the travelling press. "It's about 1,118 words. And, uh, I'm sure it will change before I'm finished, because I haven't passed it around to my family and friends and advisers to get their reaction, but I've only written one speech at this point." 

The Republican nominee said that seeing voters in Pennsylvania greet him at the airport gave him an emotional confidence in his victory. "Intellectually I've felt we're going to win this and have felt that for some time," he said, "but emotionally just getting off the plane and seeing those people standing there — we didn't tell them we were coming, we didn't notify them when we'd arrive, just seeing people there cheering as they were connected emotionally with me, and I not only think were going to win intellectually, I feel it as well." 

Romney also said he hasn't thought much about the future should he lose tonight. "[T]he prospect of losing, I don't give that a lot of thought," he said. "I know it's possible and — because there's nothing certain in politics, but I have of course a family and a life that are important to me, win or lose." 

Of his campaign team, Romney sounded a bit like Coach Taylor from "Friday Night Lights," a show he has frequently invoked on the campaign trail. "I feel we have put it all on the field. We left nothing in the locker room," he said. "We fought to the very end. And I think that's why we will be successful." 

President Obama sounded equally confident earlier in the day, congratulating Romney "for a hard-fought race."

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Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.



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