Tea Party Patriots National Coordinator Keli Carender talks with Soledad O'Brien this morning on "Starting Point," arguing why GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney was not a good candidate.
She says Republicans did not have a good ground game and "sat on their hands" after the 2009 election, and she argues that having Romney as a candidate meant they couldn't criticize Obamacare.
“In a nutshell, the Republicans sat on their hands for four years," Carender says. "After 2008, you had Barack Obama and the Democrats who left paid staffers in critical swing states and offices open, and they were working to identify new voters… that they managed to register in the four years between the two elections. And I don’t know what the Republicans were doing. The Tea Party was just getting started.”
"We had a candidate who was forcefully the biggest issue of this election, which was Obamacare, on the table because he had Romneycare to deal with. And if we had been able to so as the center right coalition, if the candidate had been able to take Barack Obama to task for one of the most unpopular laws this country has ever passed, then I believe that we could have been successful in ousting president Obama," she adds.