Mitt Romney is back with more forty-seven-percent-esque comments and this time he’s more upset.
The GOP presidential candidate that lost both the electoral college and the popular vote says President Barack Obama was only re-elected because he promised big policy gifts to blacks, Latinos and young people.
In a conference call with fund-raisers and donors to his campaign on Wednesday, Romney said the president wooed specific interest groups — “especially the African-American community, the Hispanic community and young people.”
Ashley Parker described the call on the New York Times’ “The Caucus” blog. An excerpt is below:
“With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest was a big gift,” Mr. Romney 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. They turned out in large numbers, a larger share in this election even than in 2008.”
The president’s health care plan, he said, was also a useful tool in mobilizing black and Hispanic voters. Though Mr. Romney won the white vote with 59 percent, according to exit polls, minorities coalesced around the president in overwhelming numbers: 93 percent of blacks and 71 percent of Hispanics.
“You can imagine for somebody making $25,000 or $30,000 or $35,000 a year, being told you’re now going to get free health care, particularly if you don’t have it, getting free health care worth, what, $10,000 per family, in perpetuity — I mean, this is huge,” Mr. Romney said. “Likewise with Hispanic voters, free health care was a big plus. 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.”
Romney went on to apologize to his donors on the call.
“I’m very sorry that we didn’t win,” Romney said. “I know that you expected to win, we expected to win, we were disappointed with the result, we hadn’t anticipated it, and it was very close, but close doesn’t count in this business.”