On Wednesday, NewsOne reported that Mitt Romney (pictured) blamed his Election 2012 loss on President Barack Obama’s “gifts” to his Black, immigrant, and female supporters. Now audio from that conference call with Romney’s donors has been released, and none of it sounds pretty.
“It’s a proven political strategy, which is give a bunch of money to a group and, guess what, they’ll vote for you,” he said, according to ABC News, which published the audio.
In an apparent reference to Hispanic voters who backed Obama by 71 percent, Romney remarked that “immigration we can solve, but the giving away free stuff is a hard thing to compete with.”
Listen to some of Romney’s remarks here:
Further pressing the issue Republicans have in relating to Hispanic voters, Romney said Obama won their constituency through his numerous amnesty options.
“With Hispanic voters, free health care was a big plus,” he commented. “But in addition with regards to Hispanic voters, the amnesty for children of illegals, the so-called DREAM Act kids, was a huge plus for that voting group.”
Ever gracious in defeat, Romney believes that while Obama’s “gifts” to his constituents won his re-election, he’ll pay for them down the line:
“What I would do if I were a Democrat running four years from now, I’d say, You know what, dental care will be included in Obamacare…and Republicans will say, ‘No, that’s going to cost a trillion dollars,’ and the Democrats will say, ‘That’s fine, you know, we’ll pay it.’”
Turning his attention to young people, 60 percent of whom voted for Obama, Romney cited the president’s loan forgiveness and healthcare overhauls as a clincher for the 30 and under crowd.
“With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest, was a big gift,” he said. “Free contraceptives were very big with young college-aged women. And then, finally, Obamacare also made a difference for them, because as you know, anybody now 26 years of age and younger was now going to be part of their parents’ plan, and that was a big gift to young people.”
All interesting claims.
But perhaps the one likely to raise the most eyebrows is Romney’s claim that Bill Clinton called and told him he thought he was going to win the election, until Hurricane Sandy interfered:
“I spoke with President Clinton the day before yesterday. He called and spent 30 minutes chatting with me,” Romney disclosed.
“He said, ‘A week out I thought you were going to win.’ And he said, ‘But the hurricane happened, and it gave the president a chance to be presidential, and to look bipartisan, and you know he got a little more momentum.”’
Before Romney made his unfortunate comments, his former VP running mate Paul Ryan blamed their loss on “urban areas“:
“I think the surprise was some of the turnout, some of the turnout especially in urban areas, which gave President Obama the big margin to win this race,” Paul Ryan told WISC-TV in his first interview since the election Monday.
Obviously, these two lack the concept of what it means to lose with dignity and grace.