In Mitt Romney’s generous concession speech, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney told supporters: ”The nation, as you know, is at a critical point. At a time like this, we can’t risk partisan bickering and political posturing. Our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people’s work.”
Here are five reasons Americans did not vote for Mitt Romney.
1. He is not in touch with the middle class.
Romney, who would have been one of the wealthiest presidents in US history had he been elected, had little clue about the average income of middle class people. In an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on September the 24th 2012, Romney was asked if he thought $100,000 to be the middle income in the USA. His answer was: “No, middle income is $200,000 to $250,000 and less.” In fact, the Census Bureau reported the median household income was just over $50,000.
2. He did not relate to the poor and disadvantaged.
In an interview in January 2012 he showed no sensitivity or reason by saying he was “not concerned about the very poor” because there was a safety net in place for them. It does not come as a surprise that the two poorest counties in the USA refrained from supporting him. In Ziebach County, South Dakota, the county with the highest poverty rate in the United States (about half of its 2800 inhabitants live in poverty) 58% of voters were supporting President Obama with their votes last night, while in its neighbouring Buffalo County a notable 74% voted for Obama.
3. He did not intend to tackle climate change and global warming.
In fact he was mocking Obama’s plans to reduce the rise of the oceans. Very imperfect timing. With Superstorm Sandy affecting millions of people along the east cost shortly after, this was certainly not the wisest approach to get their votes.
4. He redirected his political paths constantly.
Romney was not afraid to do a 180° turn. “I’m not familiar precisely with what I said, but I’ll stand by what I said, whatever it was” he said on May 17th 2012 in response to a question on whether he stood by his statement that President Obama was trying to make America a less Christian nation. His unprecise responses proved to be untrue in the run up to the elections when he kept reversing his opinions on politic matters. In June 2011 he was keen to make clear that he believed humans were contributing to global warming and climate change, and why it was important to reduce carbon emissions and greenhouse gases. Only four months later he said he did not know what was causing climate change and he found it unreasonable to spend “trillions and trillions of dollars to try to reduce CO2 emissions”.
5. His peers where damaging his campaign.
While many Americans, especially those with a strong Christian faith, do not believe abortion should be carried out at all, the officials of the Republican party got sandtrapped more than once commenting on the subject. Merely 2 weeks before the elections Indiana Republican candidate Richard Mourdock was criticised widely for saying pregnancy resulting from rape was God’s will. John Koster, Republican congressional candidate in Washington State, referred to this matter subsequently as “the rape thing” and said it was just another “violence onto a woman’s body” to abort a pregnancy following rape. Then there was the Tea Party (What happens to them?) – leaning ever further to the right – and extremely damaging. And let’s not even mention the likes of Donald Trump.
In the video below, ABC’s Tahman Bradley explains what may have gone wrong in the Romney campaign.