Washington, DC, United States (4E) – In an interview with NBC’s “Today” on Monday, Newt Gingrich said that he was “dumbfounded” by the result of the presidential election where Republican nominee Mitt Romney gained fewer votes compared to Sen. John McCain in 2008.
Gingrich said that now is a good time for the GOP to reflect and learn from the election that saw incumbent Barack Obama comprehensively beat Romney to win a second term.
The former House Speaker said that Obama achieved an extraordinary win and urged Republicans to respect him and also try to understand what the Democrats did to secure the victory.
Gingrich admitted that if he were told three weeks ago that Romney would get fewer votes than McCain in 2008, he would have been “dumbfounded.”
Latest count shows that Romney got 58.8 million votes, which is lower than the Arizona senator’s 59.9 million votes four years ago.
Gingrich, who made an unsuccessful run for the GOP nomination in the last primary, also said that Congressional Republicans must not ignore the president’s plan to reduce the deficit to avert the fiscal cliff especially if he is sincere and in good faith.
Gingrich wrote in a Politico op-ed published on Monday suggesting that the Republicans made an error in judgment about the message, turnout and the composition of the electorate — facts about the 2012 election that the party must learn from.