Former Romney Advisor Defends Campaign: 'Got More Votes Than 2008'

A chief adviser on Mitt Romney's presidential campaign is receiving flak over an op-ed piece that defends Mitt Romney and his campaign. He pointed out that the former governor received more votes than John McCain did in 2008.

Stuart Stevens, a well-known political consultant, made the remarks in response to the media coverage in the wake of the presidential election in which Barack Obama was re-elected to a second term.

"On Nov. 6, Mitt Romney carried the majority of every economic group except those with less than $50,000 a year in household income," Stevens wrote.

"That means he carried the majority of middle-class voters. While John McCain lost white voters under 30 by 10 points, Romney won those voters by seven points, a 17-point shift."

Stevens understands that for the Republican Party to win in upcoming elections, they will have to address some of the shortcomings highlighted with defeat of Romney. Those shortcomings with certain voting blocs comes down to women and minority voters, but Stevens did state that Romney received a majority of votes from the highly-sought middle-class voter.

"The Republican Party has problems, but as we go forward, let's remember that any party that captures the majority of the middle class must be doing something right … Republican ideals – Mitt Romney – carried the day," he wrote.

Much of the presidential campaign focused on two different paths for the country and it was on that platform that both candidates made their pitch to the American people.

Stevens explains that until recently, the voter base of the Democratic Party was seen as a liability for liberals, but as demographics shift, the traditional voter base for Democrats increased, leading to the margin of victory for President Obama.

"There was a time not so long ago when the problems of the Democratic Party revolved around being too liberal and too dependent on minorities. Obama turned those problems into advantages and rode that strategy to victory," Stevens added.

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