House GOPer: Romney was the kid who couldn't explain his science project

Rep. Pete Sessions has a theory about why Mitt Romney lost the election

By Jillian Rayfield

Published May 2, 2013 9:17PM (EDT)

Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, doesn't think that the Republican party really needs to rebrand - it just needs to pick better candidates. “We are winning when we have good candidates,” he told D Magazine. “We lose when we have bad candidates.”

He continued that Mitt Romney in particular was one of those bad candidates. “Mitt Romney appeared like a kid who showed up for his science project and the teacher said, ‘Explain it,’ and Mitt couldn’t do it,” Sessions said. “His ‘dad,’ Paul Ryan, explained it to him, but Mitt didn’t get it. … That’s why we lost the last election.”


Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

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