Mitchell Reports | November 08, 2012
>>> if mitt romney cannot win in this economy, then the tipping point has been reached. we have more takers thanmakers and it's over.
>> i'm sorry, this is going to sound cruel, but some of the times i didn't feel like he was connecting with the material. and i think you have to connect with the material. maybe it's people who have been in the trenches for decades, not someone who was just a success in business.
>> some republicans are acting they need grief counsel in aftermath of tuesday's losses. maybe they should look at their policies on immigration and issues during the primary debates are viewed by voter whose are increasingly not white men. bob macdonald , governor of virginia and chairman of the governors association joins plea now. thanks for being with us. let's talk about the election results. i know in virginia it was a different story for mitt romney . but elsewhere in the country there really was a real demographic problem. what do you think the party should be doing? what conversations are you having internally?
>> well, none 's only less than 48 hours after the polls closed. certainly disappointed with the results, andrea, i thought paul ryan and mitt romney would have been very good leaders on jobs and debt reduction. we came up short. i credit the president. he ran a very disciplined campaign and get out the vote and final closing tone i think carried date in virginia . carried it by a couple of points. on the other side we run 8 out of the 11 congressmen in virginia and 30 republican governors nationwide, 60% of all of the nation's governors, maybe 31 by the time washington state is done. so there are positives that we look at. when you lose the presidency, that's -- that's tough. and we'll have to continue to look at with our tone, with our message especially to young people and new voters, minorities, and to our ground game, how do we do better.
>> despite the victories which you correctly point out, you also lost two senate seats that were really ultimately winnable when we talk about tokin and richard mur murdoch. you had a chance of regaining the senate and didn't.
>> very disappointing. i think everybody knows that some of the comments that were made were wrong and obviously cost them at the polls. at the end of the day the election was about the economy and jobs and debt and energy. and i thought our candidates had a good message on that. but we didn't connect with enough of the people that were those voters that come out only in presidential years. 45% of vote came out to vote for me for governor. i won by 18 points but when the vote gets up to 76% we only get 48% of the vote. so that's what we've got to figure out. those more occasional voters, independent voters, how do we do better? obviously we'll have a lot of discussions about that.
>> are you among those who blame chris christie ? you're a governor with a lot of weather issues and dealt with fema, dealt with fema under democratic presidents , do you agree with critics of chris christie for embracing the president?
>> president obama won the race. mitt romney lost the race. he was a great candidate. the storm did halt momentum that mitt romney built up after that -- after the first debate. look, chris christie was the first governor to endorse mitt romney , did more events around the country than about anybody. he was trying to do what he thought was right for new jersey while 24 of his fellow citizens were found dead. i mean i think he tried to do the best he could. and if fema can help you, and they're doing okay you say good things about fema. so i don't blame chris christie at all. look, it was a team effort we all win and lose as a team. we've got to figure out as a team going forward how to do a about thor job putting forth conservative principles to minority voters, new voters, and win.
>> thanks so much, governor bob macdonnell. will the president and