Bitter Romney blames loss on Obama 'gifts'

2012-11-15 08:20

Washington - Mitt Romney, in his first remarks since an unexpectedly lopsided election loss to Barack Obama, blamed his defeat on Wednesday on "gifts" showered by the president on his female, African-American and Hispanic supporters.

A little more than a week after the election, Romney in a phone call with his national finance committee accused Obama of following the "old playbook" by bestowing favours on key Democratic constituencies in exchange for their support at the ballot box.

"In each case they were very generous in what they gave to those groups," said the defeated Republican presidential nominee, adding that young voters were also among the beneficiaries of Obama's largesse.

"With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest, was a big gift," Romney said.

Obama garnered 51% of the popular vote, while Romney got 48%.

The president's win was more decisive in the Electoral College, where he earned 332 votes against Romney's 206.

Big effort on small things

Romney's remarks, reported by the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, echoed controversial remarks made to donors at a private fundraiser, denigrating the "47%" of US voters who he said failed to pay income tax.

Those comments in May, captured surreptitiously on video, confirmed some voters' views that Romney was an elitist who cared only about the rich.

He told the donors on Wednesday's conference call that Obama "made a big effort on small things", while his own campaign had been about "big issues".

Among the goodies Romney said Obama gave to his backers were "free contraceptives", which were very big with young college-aged women.

The president's controversial healthcare reform plan was another campaign plum that helped secure the youth vote, Romney said.

"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," Romney told his backers.

Elderly voters in the bag

"They turned out in large numbers, a larger share in this election even than in 2008," he said.

The conservative Mormon nominee locked up the elderly voters in the 6 November election, and earned a definitive 59% of the white vote.

But in addition to young voters, minorities rallied around Obama, with 93% of African Americans, 71% of Hispanics and 72% of Asians casting a ballot for the president.

Romney said the perquisites on offer were particularly tempting to low-income voters.

"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 healthcare - particularly if you don't have it - getting free healthcare worth, what, $10 000 per family, in perpetuity," Romney said. "I mean, this is huge."

The former Massachusetts governor - whose landmark achievement while he led the state was a health reform programme after which Obama patterned his own national health initiative - depicted the president's medical care plan as a campaign bonbon his campaign couldn't compete with.

For Latinos' "free health care was a big plus", Romney said during the 20-minute call.

Difficult to contemplate future

"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," he said, referring to a programme introduced by the president this year allowing some undocumented youths to temporarily remain legally in the United States.

Romney seemed still rueful after last Tuesday's vote, which his own campaign team had predicted he would win handily, and which numerous polls leading into the election said was too close to call.

"I'm very sorry that we didn't win," he 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."

Romney, who apparently had been convinced that he would be moving into the White House, said he and his campaign advisers were still sorting out what their futures would hold.

"So now we're looking and saying, 'OK, what can we do going forward?'" he said.

"But frankly we're still so troubled by the past, it's hard to put together our plans for the future," the defeated candidate said.

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-11-15 08:33

    Doesn't that just sound so similar to our situation, the KFC and red t-shirt brigade?

      denny.cray - 2012-11-15 08:52

      "Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods." -- H. L. Mencken. This is the fundamental weakness of any modern democracy - the potential to devolve into a "tyranny of the masses" situation. It isn't limited to one party in this country or any other.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-11-15 09:26

      @Denny - its called majority tyranny and recognised early on as a democratic pitfall . I'd love to say Romney is completely wrong here but its simple , who you going to vote for ? The guy promising free stuff (collective wealth) or the pragmatist and its not that they badun caring people either its some see what Europe has done following that path and its been devastating .

      denny.cray - 2012-11-15 09:41

      @Ninjas - Yep. Well, I wouldn't have voted for either Romney or Obama. During the election Romney made similar promises too. Romney might have ended up being slightly more fiscally responsible but I certainly wouldn't trust him to balance the budget. Sadly the US seems willfully ignorant of what a precarious position it is in.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-11-15 10:13

      @Deny - I think Obama was the best candidate dispite his weaknesses in certain area's , the next 4 yrs will be tougher than the last but he now doesn't have re-election concerns so only time will tell what his 'legacy' will be. I'm interested to see how he lures American business back to America while deploying policies to chase them away.

      omo.naija.750 - 2012-11-15 11:05

      @MarKH While "Robme" was saying this about Obama,this is what Obama was up to: ......................................................................... "President Obama today heaped praise on his defeated rival, GOP nominee Mitt Romney, saying the former governor's record and ideas "could be very helpful" in shaping policy over the next four years "My hope is, before the end of the year… that we have a chance to sit down and talk," Obama told reporters in his first post-election press conference." ....................................................................... Now if you would just drop that race tinted spectacles of yours maybe, just maybe your brain (assuming you have one) will be able to deduce that the Government is respeonsible for it's people and as such must look out for their wellbeing. Robme is the most sour loser of any US Presidential elections ever.No Presidential candidate of the United states has ever been so openly racist.The audacity of him to blame blacks and Latinos for his loss is a career ender for him.I am so glad he got his behind kicked and kicked hard. The republitards do not want to make America work,instead they want to keep the 1% rich and scr*w over the 99%.Well newsflash people ,that strategy has failed all over the world.It is time for human beings to look our for one another and work together to strenghten their nation's economies.Together we can ,divided we can't.

      abe.botha.5 - 2012-11-15 13:53

      omonaija you drank the cool-aid your argument is straight out of the Obama playbook. 47 million people on foodstamps, 23 million unemployed. 17% unemployed/underemployed and 99 months of unemployment benefits. Its nice to spread the wealth, but what happens if the money runs out like in Greece, Portugal, Italy, Ireland etc etc. America is gone forever. It will soon be a third world country. Minorities would rather get a Government cheque then go out and earn one. Call it racist if you like but the facts are the facts. People would rather vote for free gifts then hard work

  • daleinn - 2012-11-15 08:39

    arghhh... either gracefully accept defeat .. or remain a pure republican sour p...

  • john.p.steyn - 2012-11-15 08:44

    What a fool. Not everyone is rich, these aren't gifts, the government has a responsibility to the people.

      denny.cray - 2012-11-15 09:00

      The government has no money. All it can do is forcefully steal from one group to give to another. The US was founded on classical liberal principles in an attempt to prevent this. The government *does* have a responsibility - to follow its own primary law (the constitution). In the US's case it has abandoned it. (South Africa is different mind you - socialism is directly built into our constitution).

      penn.aitor - 2012-11-15 09:35

      I despise the man even more, now he just realise many people are on $25 000 or $30 000 or $35 000 a year? Come and contest for the president again ROmeny and see if you will win again....lambasting huge section of the American bitter buffoon

      abe.botha.5 - 2012-11-15 13:58

      Since when does the Government have to look after you, and where do they get the money? Dont you know how bad big Government is, they cant manage anything. Just look at your own

  • zolanqa - 2012-11-15 09:06

    This confirms the rumor that Romney had only prepared an acceptance speech last week. He is still in denial of the fact that he lost(",).

  • gift.mushi.9 - 2012-11-15 09:10

    Romney a war monger. We just averted a 4th World War. But somehow he should have won because whether we avert world war or not December 21 is coming.

      phae.rayden - 2012-11-15 09:53

      Huh? 4th WW? Somehow he should have won? Anyway, see you on the 22nd Gift. And the world is going to be a far better place without this dinosaur in power.

      truthbetold221 - 2012-11-15 10:02

      Follow after me... First, Second, THIRD, Fourth. We must get to 3rd before we get to 4th neh :)

      johan.harlaar.9 - 2012-11-15 10:16

      Confused? or in denial?

      johan.harlaar.9 - 2012-11-15 10:17

      And about Dec. 21? Well see you in heaven if you think that the world is going down. hahahaha

      gift.mushi.9 - 2012-11-15 11:14

      Sorry guys a 3rd world war

  • Adil Smit - 2012-11-15 09:43

    No Mr Romney, the real problem was Republican Tod Akin and his crazy remarks about rape and pregnancies. And Senator King who thinks dogfights should be legal.

  • johan.harlaar.9 - 2012-11-15 10:15

    The majority of people who don't pay tax don't earn enough to do so, the rest are the very wealthy.

      sterling.ferguson.397 - 2012-11-15 16:40

      It has been pointed out that many Americans have worked for years and have retired so, they aren't paying taxes. However, these Americans paid a higher percentage of their income than Romney when, they were working.

  • nicrsa - 2012-11-15 10:47

    haha....Oh Romney....the gift that keeps on giving! His true colours showing here, what a muppet

  • dekkeranton - 2012-11-15 11:05

    Up to this point I thought Romney was a gentleman, but that has changed now. What a sour grapes, bad loser. Doesn’t he realise that the time of Eurocentric white dominant politics are over forever, everywhere in the world. Poor sot, the Republican Party with their “right wing” isolationist America first at all cost policies, will never win another election unless they wake up en join the modern world. Thank the heavens the Republicans haven’t won, because they would have started a new war somewhere in the world. After the debacle of the Bush years, the American electorate woke up!

      abe.botha.5 - 2012-11-15 14:01

      You sure as hell drank a lot of that Obama coolaid. Dont worry your tears are coming

  • yourfreakinDentist - 2012-11-16 02:50

    gifts?? so Romney did not do any found razing ?.?? to give tons of untrue commercials about Obama? gifts .. sure. what about the gifts Romney get´s from drug making companies ? A gift from corporations ?? cos thats the most support Romney could get - from companies :) they are people, right Romney? sure they are :) He did not get so much from "the people " though. Bitter republicans who can't admit they got beaten fairly.

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