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Romney to CPAC: ‘Learn from My Mistakes’

If there was a "severely conservative" moment this year, it was Romney using that definitive tone to declare "I utterly reject pessimism." (Don't miss Next Generation's members-only coverage of CPAC 2013 — featuring former Congressman Allen West and Michelle Fields. Click here to learn more.)

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Bridget Johnson

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March 15, 2013 - 11:48 am
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Romney also lauded “the clear and convincing voice of my friend, Paul Ryan.”

“If I were to offer advice to any president of the United States, it would be this: do whatever you can do to keep America the most prosperous and free and powerful nation on earth,” he said, warning of the entities jockeying for world leadership: “China, Russia, and the jihadists.”

He lauded America’s role in world, including never using “hegemonic military power” to prey upon the weak, extending philanthropy to victims of natural disasters and AIDS victims in Africa, and intervening in conflicts with the goal of liberation.

“Freedom flows in American veins. It invigorates our many enterprises, it inspires us to live beyond ourselves, it calls us to care for the suffering and downtrodden. It has made us a great nation. Today, history and duty summon us again,” Romney said. “Each of us in our own way will have to step up and meet our responsibility. I am sorry that I will not be your president – but I will be your co-worker and I will stand shoulder to shoulder with you.”

Romney’s former running mate, Ryan (R-Wis.), spoke earlier in the day and similarly received a warm welcome from the crowd.

But Ryan conveyed the impression that he’s left the veep nod behind him and is once again immersed in his role as House Budget Committee chairman. He made zero mention of the campaign and gave no indication of future political goals.

“Hey, I’m so happy to be here. You know, we all need a break from the mess in Washington,” Ryan said. “And I’ve just got to say, it is nice to be in a room full of conservatives for a change.”

(Don’t miss Next Generation’s members-only coverage of CPAC 2013 — featuring former Congressman Allen West and Michelle Fields. Click here to learn more.)

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Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Hmm... 'Learn from my own mistakes...
Well, Mittens, most would say it's better to learn from other people's mistakes.
And so we will.
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After his speech Romney told reporters one of his biggest mistakes was agreeing to be interviewed by Al Sharpton. After reading the transcript I understand his regrets. http://www.thedailyrash.com/mitt-romneys-rope-a-dope-with-al-sharpton
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Mitt Romney, the CEO who never understood that salesmanship is everything.
1 year ago
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Thank you Mitt.

I didn't like you much in the beginning but I warmed up to you.
1 year ago
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Time for mittens to go away. Face it the reasons he lost he couldn't attack obozocare since it was basically romneycare writ large, also while he and his minions have no problem trashing republicans their lack of intestinal fortitude when it came to attacking Obozo especially on Benghazi. The fact that while he and his family seem like genuinely nice people, it doesn't change the fact that mittens is nothing more than a Mass moderate middle of the road bend across the isle so as not to upset the Marxists GOP establishment candidate.
1 year ago
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Are Romney and Obama the same on most issues? Try, ALL ISSUES.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljzKR9mePiY
1 year ago
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No they aren't. Romney is an honorable man who loves this country. He can also add and subtract.
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