One week after he and Mitt Romney lost the presidential election, Paul Ryan has figured out what led to the defeat. President Obama was named the winner after passing the 270 electoral votes needed to become commander in chief, but Ryan sees the popular vote as the real election surprise.“I think the surprise was some of the turnout, especially in urban areas, which gave President Obama the big margin to win this race,” he told Wisconsin new station, WISC-TV.
“There’s always an Electoral College strategy to winning these things, and you know what states you need to win to get to 270 electoral votes. When we watched Virginia and Ohio coming in, those as tight as they were, and looking like we were going to lose them, that’s when it became clear we weren’t going to win.”
Ryan’s reflection differentiates him from Karl Rove, who stood his ground in believing that the nominees didn’t lose Ohio until the bitter end. Still, losing— especially his home state of Wisconsin— was no walk in the park. “Mitt didn’t pick me for a certain state, he picked me for issues, for governing for debt crisis. We had hoped to win Wisconsin, fought hard for Wisconsin. We cut the president lead in half, but nevertheless, it wasn’t enough.”
As pointed out by TheGrio, Ryan has recycled the “urban voters” adage which he used during an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, noting that the president “should get credit for achieving record-breaking turnout numbers from urban areas, for the most part.”
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