Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Romney blaming loss on extensive campaigning in Canada

Above: The Canada delegation poses at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL, in August. Though not part of the United States, the maple leaf nation attends both the Democratic and Republican conventions every four years. Canada's appearance at the RNC grossly misled the Romney camp, who then reshaped their entire strategy on winning the electoral votes from north of the border. The former Massachusetts governor spent nearly all of October traveling between Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Quebec City, Ottawa, Calgary, Saskatoon, and many small towns in between. "It was a population thing," said a very frustrated Romney. "Canada has 34 million people and California has almost 38 million people. The Sunshine state has fifty-five electoral votes, so, though we never totally researched it, we assumed Canada would have a similar number of votes, somewhere in the neighborhood of fifty. They don't. In fact, they don't have any electoral votes, despite their presence at the Convention. It was very, very misleading, I don't get it. It's not right."

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