Romney concedes defeat

  • Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, wife, Ann Romney, and family, wave to the crowd on stage after conceding the presidency during Mitt Romney's campaign election night event in Boston, Massachusetts. (Justin Sullivan, AFP)
  • "I have just called President Obama to congratulate him on his victory. His supporters and his campaign also deserve congratulations. His supporters and his campaign also deserve congratulations. I wish all of them well, but particularly the president, the first lady and their daughters," he said. (Emmanuel Dunand, AFP)
  • "This is a time of great challenges for America, and I pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation." (Stan Honda, AFP)
  • "I want to thank Paul Ryan for all that he has done for our campaign. And for our country. Besides my wife, Ann, Paul is the best choice I’ve ever made." (Stan Honda, AFP)
  • "I also want to thank Ann, the love of my life. She would have been a wonderful first lady. She’s -- she has been that and more to me and to our family and to the many people that she has touched with her compassion and her care." (Joe Raedle, AFP)
  • "I thank my sons for their tireless work on behalf of the campaign, and thank their wives and children for taking up the slack as their husbands and dads have spent so many weeks away from home." (Alex Wong, AFP)
  • "The nation, as you know, is at a critical point. At a time like this, we can’t risk partisan bickering and political posturing. Our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people’s work." (Emmanuel Dunand, AFP)
  • "I so wish that I had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction, but the nation chose another leader. And so Ann and I join with you to earnestly pray for him and for this great nation." (Don Emmert, AFP)