Mitt Romney: Bill Clinton Said Hurricane Sandy Helped Obama Win

Mitt Romney told donors on a call Wednesday that a phone call from former President Bill Clinton revealed the real reason for his loss to Obama on Election Day — Hurricane Sandy.

Romney relayed to donors that Clinton told him he may have won the election were it not for Hurricane Sandy, The Huffington Post reported. Many political followers have also noted that the hurricane gave Obama a chance to show himself as a strong leader in a time of crisis, working across party lines to give relief to those hit by the superstorm

ABC News offers a transcript of the comments Romney made about his :

”I spoke with President Clinton the day before yesterday, he called and spent 30 minutes chatting with me. He said a week out I thought you were going to win. And he said, but the hurricane happened, and it gave the president a chance to be presidential, and to look bipartisan, and you know he got a little more momentum, and of course he also said that when he was watching Ann speak at the Republican convention, he decided he was tempted to join the Republican Party. So he may have just been effusive with generous comments as he chatted.”

Many have thrown cold water on Bill Clinton’s idea that Hurricane Sandy lost the election for Mitt Romney. Presidential polls showed Romney’s momentum slowing long before the hurricane hit, while President Obama maintained his lead in swing states throughout the race, even during Romney’s surge following a win in the first presidential debate.

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