Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney addressed supporters briefly after midnight Wednesday, thanking them for their votes in light of his loss to President Barack Obama, and shared that he had called the president to congratulate him and wish he and his family well.
"The nation as you know is at a critical point," Romney said after thanking his family and team at his campaign headquarters. "At a time like this we can't risk partisan bickering and political posturing. The leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people's work. And we citizens have to rise to the occasion."
"We look to our teachers and our professors. We look to you not only to teach, but to inspire our children with a passion for learning and discovery," he added. "We look to our pastors, priests and rabbis of counselors of all kinds to testify of the enduring principles on which our society is built: honesty, charity, integrity and family."
The former Massachusetts governor also commented on parents, job creators and Democrats and Republicans in government at all levels who he said must "put the people before politics."
Watch a video from The New York Times of Romney's concession speech:
Romney's defeat was called by Fox News, CNN and other networks when President Obama captured Ohio and six other swing states to secure at least 270 electoral votes. The GOP candidate was lauded by voters, many of whom took to Twitter to comment on his concession speech -- making the term "props to Romney" a top trend on the social network.
Simi Toor wrote, "Props to Romney: 'Now is not the time for political partisan bickering its time to move forward anew' ...Went out with class."
"Props to Romney for preaching bipartisanship. At the end of the day, we are all Americans," wrote Matthew Bryant.
"I actually want to give props to Romney. He just gave a very short but HONEST speech. For me it truly showed that he accept the fact he lost," shared Daniela Aguirre.
Danny Shea noted, "Props to Romney for professional, sincere concession after the election. Sad to think this sort of maturity is so rare in today's discourse."