Mitt Romney is now blaming his loss in the presidential election on what he terms “gifts” to certain loyal Democratic constituents, namely young voters, African-Americans and Hispanics. According to the New York Times, Mr. Romney reflected on the loss during a conference call on Wednesday with his national finance committee. Romney said that Obama used targeted gifts and initiatives to woo specific interest groups. He said, “In each case they were very generous in what they gave to those groups.”
Romney cited the forgiveness of college loan interest and Obamacare, the president’s health care plan, as big gifts to college-aged people. Additionally, he said, “Free contraceptives were very big with college-aged women.”
Romney also argued that Obamacare helped to mobilize African-American and Hispanic voters.
The former GOP nominee also speculated that Hispanic voters were motivated to reelect the president due to “the amnesty for children of illegals.”
Obama won Hispanic voters by 71 percent and black voters by a whopping 93 percent in this election. Given the overwhelming number of Hispanics and blacks who voted for Obama, especially when one takes into consideration the fact that Romney got 59 percent of the white vote, it does make sense that the majority of these Hispanics and blacks probably had the issues that were important to their particular community at the forefront of their minds on election day.
As reported by Gawker, Romney talked about Obama focusing on small things during the election and pointed out, “Those small things, by the way, add up to trillions of dollars.” He went on to say, “Our campaign, in contrast, was talking about big issues for the whole country — military strategy, foreign policy, a strong economy, creating jobs and so forth.”
If what Mr. Romney says about voters is true, it is disappointing to think that so many people are focused on their particular circumstance instead of the well-being of the country as a whole.