Romney: ‘We screwed up, guys’

Mitt Romney's path to Election Day had its highs and lows, but one moment stood out in particular: the day Romney approved a statement that accused President Obama of sympathizing with anti-American interests in the Muslim world. The statement was publicized before the GOP presidential nominee learned that attacks in Benghazi had killed four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. The Washington Post's Scott Wilson and Phillip Rucker, in their story detailing both campaigns' strategies, write of that pivotal moment:

“We screwed up, guys,” Romney told aides on a conference call that morning, according to multiple people on the call. “This is not good.”

Mitt Romney delivers his concession speech at his election night rally in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

A senior adviser described Romney as "snake bit" by the incident. Read about how it played out here. Columnist Richard Cohen has a take on why Romney lost, and The Fix's Chris Cillizza offers up some lessons from 2012.

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