Mitt Romney: ‘Gifts’ to Minorities, Young Voters Helped Obama Win Re-Election

Mitt Romney, the candidate from the Republican Party, claimed that President Obama won thanks to the ‘gifts’ his administration gave to key voters – African Americans, Hispanics and young people.

Defeated Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has blamed his election loss on “gifts” President Barack Obama gave minorities. Photo: Amanda Sabga/Flickr

“The president’s campaign, if you will, focused on giving targeted groups a big gift,” Mitt Romney said. “He made a big effort on small things”, The Star writes.

Romney described his campaign as contrast to Obama’s, and he focused on “big issues for the whole country.” He said that as candidate he faced problems because he was “getting beat up” by the Obama campaign and only thanks to the debated he managed to come back.

Mitt Romney’s explanation for his defeat is also woefully simplistic. He also called his loss a disappointing defeat and believed his team had run a terrific campaign.

Romney’s finance team organized the call to donors. So, on Wednesday afternoon in a conference call with fund-raisers and top donors, Mr. Romney announced that Barack Obama used “the old playbook” by targeting specific interest groups.

The “gifts,” according to Romney, included forgiving college loan interest, free contraceptive coverage and the part of Obamacare that allows people 26 and younger to be covered under their parents’ health care plans.

Also among the “gifts” Romney mentioned free health care “in perpetuity,” which he thinks was highly motivational especially to black and Hispanic voters, as well as for voters making $25,000 to $35,000 a year.

The New York Times say, nationally, according to exit polls, Mr. Obama won a slightly smaller part of 18- to 29-year-old voters in comparison with the year of 2008, although in such challenging states like Ohio, Florida and Virginia he increased the number of votes.

Exit polls showed that there was no significant difference between his performance among black voters nationwide and in many swing states at election of 2008 and 2012.

Among Hispanic voters nationwide, Mr. Obama won a greater share in 2012 than in 2008, but what si more important, he managed to increase the share of Hispanic voters among the total voting population in key states, including Colorado and Nevada.

Exit polls conducted for The Associated Press and television networks showed that Obama was leading with 11 percentage points among women and won better than 7 of 10 Hispanic voters and more than 9 of 10 black voters.

It’s also known that Obama won the popular vote by about 3.5 million votes, or 3 percent, and won the Electoral College by a wide margin, 332-206 electoral votes.

During his conference call, Mitt  Romney didn’t admit any of his major missteps, for example the lack of support for the auto bailout, his position on immigration and  words about “self-deportation” of the immigrants or view point about abortion, gun control and other issues.

President Barack Obama in a news conference of his own Wednesday spoke positively of his former rival, saying that he “did a terrific job of running the Olympics,” and that he appreciated Mr. Romney’s ideas on government efficiency. Writes the New York Times.

When asked about Mr. Romney, the president said: “I’m not either prejudging what he’s interested in doing, nor am I suggesting I’ve got some specific assignment. But what I want to do is to get ideas from him and see if there are some ways that we can potentially work together.”

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