Mark Levin on Lessons Learned in Presidential Election: ‘We Ought to Nominate a Conservative’

By Penny Starr | November 14, 2012 | 5:04pm EST

Mark Levin, author, radio host and president of the Landmark Legal Foundation, spoke at the Heritage Foundation on Nov. 14, 2012 about the presidential election and the future of the U.S. constitution. ( Starr)

( – Speaking at an event at the conservative Heritage Foundation on Wednesday, Mark Levin said conservatism is the key to winning the presidential race.

“Well, first of all, the lesson we’ve learned is from time to time we ought to nominate a conservative,” said Levin, author, radio host and president of Landmark Legal Foundation.

Levin was interviewed by Ed Meese, who named Levin chief of staff when he was serving as attorney general during the Reagan administration.

“What lessons should we draw from (the election) as conservatives and what reasons do we have to be hopeful over the next four years?” Meese asked Levin.

“Well, first of all, the lesson we’ve learned is from time to time we ought to nominate a conservative,” Levin said.

Levin blamed the Republican establishment as the reason conservatives can’t fight Obama and called for a new speaker to replace Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) in the House of Representatives, where the GOP holds the majority.

“It’s time for the old bulls to get out of the way and the fresh faces and the fresh voices who believe in conservatism who believe in liberty and our originalist principles to step up and take them on and speak out, because there is no other way to defeat what’s going on in this country,” Levin said.

“I can’t even tell you today what the Republican Party stands for,” Levin said. “I have no idea. They have no idea.”

When asked him to describe an ideal conservative candidate, Levin responded by describing why Romney wasn’t one.

“It’s not enough to nominate a decent person who has a wonderful family,” Levin said. “That should be a given.

“When we’re facing the most radical president probably ever, but definitely in modern history, to nominate somebody who was the Republican governor of Massachusetts who ran against Reagan and ran as a liberal Republican rejecting the Republican Party,” Levin said. “And then has to work his way through a primary, in which he has to change so many of his positions, it’s problematic.

“It’s just problematic,” Levin said.

Levin also said that the election did see success for some good conservative candidates, despite efforts by the GOP to discredit them, including Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Marc Rubio (R-Fla.) and Reps. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and Steve King (R-Iowa).

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