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Romney: Obama won because of 'gifts'

8:19 pm - 11/14/2012

Mitt Romney told his top donors Wednesday that his loss to President Obama was a disappointing result that neither he nor his top aides had expected, but said he believed his team ran a “superb” campaign with “no drama,” and attributed his rival’s victory to “the gifts” the administration had given to blacks, Hispanics and young voters during Obama’s first term.

Obama, Romney argued, had been “very generous” to blacks, Hispanics and young voters. He cited as motivating factors to young voters the administration’s plan for partial forgiveness of college loan interest and the extension of health coverage for students on their parents’ insurance plans well into their 20s. Free contraception coverage under Obama’s healthcare plan, he added, gave an extra incentive to college-age women to back the president.

Romney argued that Obama’s healthcare plan’s promise of coverage “in perpetuity” was “highly motivational” to those voters making $25,000 to $35,000 who might not have been covered, as well as to African American and Hispanic voters. Pivoting to immigration, Romney said the Obama campaign’s efforts to paint him as “anti-immigrant” had been effective and that the administration’s promise to offer what he called “amnesty” to the children of illegal immigrants had helped turn out Hispanic voters in record numbers.

“The president’s campaign,” he said, “focused on giving targeted groups a big gift — so he made a big effort on small things. Those small things, by the way, add up to trillions of dollars.”

The Wednesday donor call was organized by Romney’s finance team and included a final rundown of fundraising efforts as well as an analysis by Romney pollster Neil Newhouse, who has been criticized by some Republicans for misleading the candidate about his chances.

“I am very sorry that we didn’t win,” Romney told the donors. “I know that you expected to win. We expected to win…. It was very close, but close doesn’t count in this business.”

Romney reflected on the trajectory that led to last week’s loss, acknowledging that he’d “gotten beat up pretty bad” by Obama and his allies after the primaries, but noting his rebound after the first fall debate.

The 2012 Republican nominee avoided any recriminations about his team or a second-guessing of their efforts, calling the organization “a very solid team that got along” – an attribute he said he hoped would be reflected in the 2012 campaign books that are being written.

Romney added that there was “no drama in the campaign — not that everybody was perfect; everybody has flat sides, but we learned how to accommodate each other’s strengths and weaknesses, to build on the strengths.”

“The organization did not get in the way,” he said.

In words of thanks for his donors, Romney said he never expected the campaign to raise more than $500 million. The Romney team ultimately raised more than $900 million, according to finance chairman Spencer Zwick, who reviewed some of the final tallies during the call.

Romney said he and his team were discussing how to keep the campaign’s donor group connected — perhaps with annual meetings or a monthly newsletter — “so we can stay informed and have influence on the direction of the party, and perhaps the selection of a future nominee.”

“Which, by the way,” the former candidate added with a chuckle, “will not be me.”

The former Massachusetts governor said he was trying to turn his thoughts to his plans going forward.

“But frankly we’re still so troubled by the past, it’s hard to put together our plans for the future,” he said.

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layweed 15th-Nov-2012 03:45 am (UTC)
Yeah saw this referred to on the NBC Nightly News, found story on NYT and p. much had enough of this fucking douchebag. It's always someone else's fault isn't it? Now you're saying the Obama Administration bribed voters of specific ethnic groups with "gifts". fuck you. Healthcare, student loan debt/interest forgiveness, immigration reform, THOSE DO NOT BENEFIT SPECIFIC ETHNIC GROUPS YOU FUCKING MORON. THEY BENEFIT ALL AMERICANS. ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL.
tadashee 15th-Nov-2012 05:07 am (UTC)
I had someone tell me yesterday we live in a post racial america. I want to thank Romney for answering for me. So disgusted. Lets forget that the biggest social program:Medicare is 85% white. His statement basically implies that minorities are ruining traditional america. That we are somehow less American. And basically advocating white supremacy. It's disgusting. Me and my 51% of america are very happy with our potus.
schexyschteve 15th-Nov-2012 03:45 am (UTC)
"Obama, Romney argued, had been 'very generous' to blacks, Hispanics and young voters."

If by "had been very generous", you mean "considered them actual human beings", then yes, I suppose President Obama was very generous.

You tool bag
shortsweetcynic 15th-Nov-2012 01:27 pm (UTC)
he forgot "women" and "people in general".

jesus, i hate this fucker.
aviv_b 15th-Nov-2012 03:54 am (UTC)
They really don't get it, do they.
lady_leia_solo 15th-Nov-2012 03:59 am (UTC)
I always wonder if he's deliberately being obtuse or if he's really just that fucking dumb?
layweed 15th-Nov-2012 04:00 am (UTC)
The latter.
layweed holy what now, Batman?15th-Nov-2012 04:00 am (UTC)
Bobby Jindal calls out Romney on his comments, lol. I hope more Republicans come out against this and throw Romney under the bus.

electric_mole_x Re: holy what now, Batman?15th-Nov-2012 06:47 am (UTC)
lol amazing. I feel like there is going to be a split within the party, between the Republicans that have some sense about them, and then those that are quite obtuse.
papilio_luna 15th-Nov-2012 04:02 am (UTC)
Yeah dude. You call it "gifts" I call it "voting for the guy who is looking out for my best interests instead of the best interests of a few of his buddies and no one else." Potato/potahto apparently.
tadashee 15th-Nov-2012 05:08 am (UTC)
Honestly it's called rights. So grossed out by the blatant racism.
ebay313 15th-Nov-2012 04:02 am (UTC)
Yes, how fucking shocking that actually having policies that are beneficial to a a large portion of individuals gets better election results than saying you don't give a damn about the majority of the country (the 47%, plus those outside it who are POC, live in urban areas, are women, et cetera.)

How terribly unfair that a majority of the country gets to make these decisions instead of only allowing rich, white, straight men to make these decisions. So very sad.
foureyedgirl 15th-Nov-2012 04:06 am (UTC)
I hate this dumb fuck so much.
pennylane101 15th-Nov-2012 07:32 pm (UTC)
he's pathetic. if obama had lost he would still have been classy as fuck
fenris_lorsrai 15th-Nov-2012 04:07 am (UTC)
I read that as Obama won because of GIFS

and I am going to continue to live in my happy land where that IS what he said.
tabaqui 15th-Nov-2012 04:13 am (UTC)
WHAT IN HELL AM I WATCHING. I...i..... I love this.
bord_du_rasoir 15th-Nov-2012 04:07 am (UTC)
Here's to four years of this guy's thoughts not mattering because he has no real power relative to Obama's. Thank God.
ladypolitik 15th-Nov-2012 04:10 am (UTC)
tabaqui 15th-Nov-2012 04:13 am (UTC)
This is excuse number...what, now? Eight? Ten? Jayzus.
seasontoseason 15th-Nov-2012 04:17 am (UTC)
all i can think to all of this is "so what?". It's supposedly a bad thing that people arent in crushing debt and have healthcare? romney lives in delusion-land where he thinks such things are self-explanatory.
tadashee 15th-Nov-2012 05:10 am (UTC)
Apparently it's also a bad thing that we aren't white. Because only whites ca be rich.
rainbow_fish 15th-Nov-2012 04:22 am (UTC)

(Also, that picture is so legitimately terrifying)
masakochan 15th-Nov-2012 06:55 am (UTC)
Also, that picture is so legitimately terrifying

Yeah- for me, I'm just thinking he's going "I'm. Not. Happy. Bad things HAPPEN when I'm NOT happy."
jupisan 15th-Nov-2012 04:22 am (UTC)
why dont you go away mittens
nicosian 15th-Nov-2012 04:24 am (UTC)
I love that pic. its the look of a man who thought the presidency was his by birthright, being shown the door.:D

They really DON'T get it, do they? not a lick of insight into how they biffed things. Its not "gifts" to interest groups. Its more...no one likes a douchebag theocrat bully.
cyberghostface 15th-Nov-2012 06:11 am (UTC)
I love it just because of Obama's expression in the background.
angelofdeath275 15th-Nov-2012 04:33 am (UTC)
blah blah racism blah blah im right blah blah cant admit im wrong blah blah im a sore whiny loser
antique_faery 15th-Nov-2012 04:38 am (UTC)
LMAOOOO. What a cry baby piss poor fucking loser.
____jonas 15th-Nov-2012 04:48 am (UTC)
oh god nightmares until I die
skellington1 15th-Nov-2012 04:59 am (UTC)
If by 'gifts' you mean Obama has a gift for speechmaking and, er, empathy... oh. No. Of course you don't.

Fuck off, Romney. We're not supposed to have to listen to you anymore.
zinnia_rose 15th-Nov-2012 05:00 am (UTC)
I guess "gifts" is Romney-speak for "not treating PoC and women like crap".
seishin 15th-Nov-2012 05:07 am (UTC)
autumnleaving Yeah, I'm responding to Romney like he's reading this. lol15th-Nov-2012 05:09 am (UTC)
These are not gifts, Romney. They are ways of helping us. Did you know that not having children when you can't afford them (and not ready for them) is less costly? Did you know that the majority of us are willing to work hard, but we have to deal with a bad market that's only starting to get better - and we have to pay loans? Oh, it's our fault. Right. Going to school when we can't afford it is a bad idea and therefore, we shouldn't go if we can't afford it.

We don't have any stocks to sell when we're running short on $$. A few days ago, some of us found out that your son was forming Solamere, a move that will most definitely benefit you and your pals and others that belong in your income & lifestyle bracket. You're so lucky that your father worked hard and benefited from the investment his country made in him. But your fortune... your life in privilege has left you in a position of disconnect.

Leaders listen to their people and Obama listened. POTUS has made fumbles, but I still know for sure that I do not want you in the White House. I'm relieved you aren't. I don't know how well you'd fare in the life of the poorer people who did vote for you. I'd imagine a week tops - and that's being generous. And those poorer people? Beneficiaries of some those Obama gifts you speak of. Funny, some of them are White also and not just the singled-out minorities & age groups in your speech.
effervescent 15th-Nov-2012 05:32 am (UTC)
The Republicans really are sore losers, aren't they? o_O
bushy_brow 15th-Nov-2012 02:18 pm (UTC)
And getting worse every year, it seems. *sigh* That's what happens when you let petulant children run a party, I suppose.
a_klutz 15th-Nov-2012 05:39 am (UTC)
Damn, and here I thought we wouldn't have to hear anymore about this moron.

Ah well, the schadenfreude is absolutely delicous atm
jwaneeta 17th-Nov-2012 04:05 am (UTC)
Yeah. Whine on, you crazy diamond.
cyranothe2nd 15th-Nov-2012 05:39 am (UTC)
I am really enjoying Romney's mad face. :Z
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