Romney: Obama Won by Giving Minorities 'Gifts'

'Gifts' like ObamaCare and college-loan-interest forgiveness

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 15, 2012 6:42 AM CST

(Newser) – Election 2012 might be over, but Mitt Romney isn't done generating headlines. The Los Angeles Times listened in on a call he had with donors yesterday (a fact Romney didn't seem aware of, it notes), and a comment the former candidate made is getting much attention:

  • The Obama campaign was "very generous in what they gave to ... the African American community, the Hispanic community, and young people. The president's campaign focused on giving targeted groups a big gift—so he made a big effort on small things. Those small things, by the way, add up to trillions of dollars."
Those "gifts," according to Romney, were college-loan-interest forgiveness, free contraception, extended insurance coverage for 20somethings, ObamaCare, and amnesty for the children of illegal immigrants. Unsurprisingly, there's been some reaction:

  • The increasingly outspoken Bobby Jindal took issue with the comments, reports Politico. "No, I think that’s absolutely wrong," he said at a press conference yesterday. "We have got to stop dividing the American voters. We need to go after 100% of the votes, not 53%."
  • Jindal isn't the only one alluding to the now-legendary 47%, though some are doing so a little more explicitly. Writes Andrew Rosenthal, the New York Times' Editorial Page editor, "Now we know that Mitt Romney did not 'misspeak' when he whined to a big-money crowd that 47% of Americans mooch off government and 'believe they are victims.' He meant precisely what he said."
  • The Atlantic Wire notes that #obamagifts has already become a Twitter meme. Sample tweet: "Was hoping for an iPad Mini from Obama, but will have to settle for universal health insurance coverage. #obamagifts"

Mitt Romney waves to supporters during his election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Boston.
Mitt Romney waves to supporters during his election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Boston.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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