Not one to blame his big loss in the election on alienating people or color, women, and people who aren’t rich, Mitt Romney seemed to double down on his 47% comments yesterday in a conference call with donors. According to Mitt Romney he lost the election because President Obama gave “big gifts” to minorities and young people.
[Romney claimed President Obama used the] “old playbook” of wooing specific interest groups — “specially the African American community, the Hispanic community and young people,” Mr. Romney explained — with targeted gifts and initiatives.
“In each case they were very generous in what they gave to those groups,” Mr. Romney said.
“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. They turned out in large numbers, a larger share in this election even than in 2008.”
The president’s health care plan, he added, was also a useful tool in mobilizing African American 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 voted to re-elect Mr. Obama.
“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,” he said. “Likewise with Hispanic voters, free healthcare 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.”
Apparently, rights are gifts now that politicians generously convey to the electorate for their loyal support and votes. Wait, what?
When Romney said on secretly recorded video that 47% of Americans didn’t take personal responsibility for their lives and felt they were entitled to things like food, shelter, and health care, he was defended by many as misspeaking. Make no mistake about it, Mitt Romney was saying what he believes in the tape released this September, just like he is saying what he believes now. No wonder he lost the election. Let’s hope this is the last we hear from Mr. Romney for a long, long time.