Pollster and pundit Dick Morris said Wednesday that he “absolutely believed” Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney would beat President Barack Obama in the last election, and he urged the GOP to take a different tone in crafting their message.
“I absolutely believed it and so did a lot of people,” Morris said on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” to anchor Piers Morgan, when asked about wrongly predicting that Romney would defeat Obama in the election.
Morris was an adviser to former President Bill Clinton, but he supported Romney in the last election. Earlier this week, Fox News did not renew its contract with Morris. He was widely panned for his off predictions.
“I had a wonderful talk with [Fox News president] Roger Ailes, who I really respect, a week ago. And he said, ‘In this business, you’re up, you’re down. Nothing is final or fatal,’” Morris said.
“Why are you down now,” Morgan asked.
“Because I was wrong, and I was wrong at the top of my lungs,” Morris said.
But is he bitter about the way he was let go?
“Fox has given me an opportunity of a lifetime: 15 years, 3,000 interviews — and at some point, a great marriage has to come to an end,” Morris said. “The divorce isn’t final but I am seeing other people.”
Morris said that unless the Republican party changes, they’ll never win another presidential election.
“The question is why Obama won by such a margin. And I think the answer is that there’s been such a fundamental demographic shift in the United States,” Morris said. “I think the Republican Party has to change in fundamental ways otherwise it will never win another election.”
He said the if Republicans want to attract Latino voters, they need to pass some sort of immigration reform.
“They feel like the Republican Party hates them,” Morris said.