Conservative pundit Dick Morris on Wednesday night told CNN’s Piers Morgan that President Barack Obama was re-elected in 2012 because of Hurricane Sandy.
“The fact of the matter is before Hurricane Sandy started, Obama was trailing Mitt Romney,” Morris said, “in Gallup, in Rasmussen, in virtually all of the major polls because he had lost the first debate, not recovered in the second, and got a little bit better in the third. Nobody could tell the impact of Sandy. Fifteen percent of the voters made up their minds in the last 72 hours [before the election]. They cited Sandy as number one.”
The conservative pundit had repeatedly claimed that Romney was going to achieve an overwhelming victory over Obama. Morris confidently predicted that Romney would win by 325 electoral votes. On election day, however, Romney lost with only 206 electoral votes.
Morgan noted that Obama “cleaned Romney’s clock” and doubted Hurricane Sandy was completely responsible.
“Well, I prefer to believe that CNN’s polling was accurate, wouldn’t you?” Morris shot back.
Morgan responded that polls should be taken with “a grain of salt.” He noted that Nate Silver of the New York Times, who analyzed the polls, corrected predicted the outcome of the election.
Morris, changing the subject, said Obama won because of a “fundamental demographic shift” in the United States.
“The Republican Party has got to change in fundamental ways,” he concluded. “Otherwise, it will never win another election.”