"Conservatism, in my humble opinion, did not lose last night. It's just very difficult to beat Santa Claus."
"Say what you want, folks: Mitt Romney did offer a vision of greatness, a vision of traditional America, a vision of an American recovery and return to prominence. He did that in his own way. You may not have thought it was the best way, but he did it in his own way."
"It's hard to beat Santa Claus. It's especially hard to beat Santa Claus when the alternative is, 'You be your own Santa Claus.' 'Oh, no! I'm not doing that. What do you mean, I have to be my own Santa Claus? No, no. No, no, no. I want to get up every day and go to the tree -- and you're the elves,' meaning us."
"Do you realize that Barack Obama's message is that the people who are making it possible for him to be Santa Claus in this country aren't working hard enough so he's going to tax them more?"
"A lot of it doesn't make sense until you accept that we have allowed the understanding of what creates prosperity in this country to be blown up into smithereens."
"The Obama campaign was about small stuff. War on Women, binders, Big Bird, this kind of stuff. The Romney campaign was about big things, was about America."
"Hurricane Sandy and the aftermath and the way Obama handled that, what did Obama do? He showed up one day, he bear hugged Chris Christie, and then he left. Situation on the ground is devastating. And yet Obama triumphs in the exit polls with that."
"A majority of people like Obamacare in the exit poll. That goes against everything we've ever heard in any poll. Voters trust him more than Romney in an international crisis. What? How in the world can that be? In a rational, intelligent world, how can that be?"
"All of our lives, ladies and gentlemen, what have we heard when it comes to presidential elections? It's the economy, it's the economy, it's the economy. In my lifetime, I've not lived in a worse economy than this one. This should have been a slam dunk."
"Look, I'm in favor of optimism as much as the next guy, but we are living in the midst of the Democrat Party transforming this country. I don't deny and I don't doubt that race is a central factor in what happened, but it is not the sole explanation."
"There isn't a work ethic in this country anymore that's universal. Get a college education and that means magic is supposed to happen for a lot of people. And if it doesn't, if you don't get stuff, if you don't get success that they tell you you're gonna get if you do these things, then the game's rigged."
"In our America, it is unpresidential to act like a baby and blame your predecessor. In our America, you man up! You take responsibility. You face problems head on and you try to fix 'em. The sad reality here is that there is no attempt to fix what's going wrong in this country."
"We're four years into a transformation of this government becoming statist. It really is. Liberty versus tyranny. We're four years into tyranny winning."
"The Republican Party has more elected Hispanics serving in office than the Democrat Party has. And yet what is said about Republicans? Racist, sexist, bigots, and homophobes that discriminate and so forth."
"In a country of children where the option is Santa Claus or work, what wins? And say what you want, but Romney did offer a vision of traditional America. In his way, he put forth a great vision of traditional America, and it was rejected. It was rejected in favor of a guy who thinks that those who are working aren't doing enough to help those who aren't."
"I went to bed last night thinking we're outnumbered. I went to bed last night thinking all this discussion we'd had about this election being the election that will tell us whether or not we've lost the country. I went to bed last night thinking we've lost the country. I don't know how else you look at this."
"The first wave of exit polls came in at 5pm. I looked at it, I read the first two pages, and I said to myself, 'This is utter BS.' And I forwarded the exit poll data that I had to three or four people, and my message to each of them, 'This is utter BS, and if it isn't, then we've lost the country.'"
"One of the greatest misunderstandings in this country, if you boil all this down, is what creates prosperity. The Romney campaign was essentially about that. The Romney campaign was devoted to the traditional American view and history -- vision, as well -- of what creates prosperity. The old capitalism, the old arguments of hard work, stick-to-itiveness, self-reliance, charity, helping out in the community."
"For many of us, the country's at a point where it's never been in our lifetimes economically. We figured we had one chance to stop this direction and reverse it, take it back to the traditional path of American greatness. It was rejected. That America is not desired. That America is not wanted. It's difficult to accept that. It's a challenge that we'll have to meet in reclaiming it."
"The Associated Press said that this nation is more racist today than it was in 2008. AP, that's been a theme of theirs: We're more racist today 2008. Yet we just gave the first African-American president a Mulligan. We just gave him a do-over. What a racist nation this is. Ho, man."
"I've offered my chair today to anybody who wants to sit in it, and nobody does."
"We have to face some truths. We have to face some reality. We are outnumbered and we are losing ground. This was not a glitch. This is the trend that happened last night."
"Do you realize not one iota of Obama's message is oriented toward greatness or excellence in the individual? It's a wide-open opportunity for us. We just have very few people on our side able to articulate it right now. But hopefully that
"I'm not equipped to tell anybody how to deal with being lied about. You know, I'm somebody who is lied about routinely."
"The Democrat Party is more than willing to destroy the traditions and institutions that have defined this nation's greatness. It doesn't matter what it takes. It doesn't matter what they end up doing to people's lives. Because at the end of it they're all gonna have a phone, a TV set, a car and 120 free minutes and food stamps."
"We've got two things that happened here. We are either outnumbered and are losing ground or one of the most outrageous thefts of an election in the history of elections taken place. One of those two things happened. You take your pick, but reality is reality."