While dealing with some personal affection, recent presidential candidate Governor Mitt Romney also drew harsh criticism from within his own party over some comments he made in a phone call to donors, following his presidential bid loss on November 6th. Romney was quoted by several news outlets explaining President Obama’s win in spite of earlier reservations.
"What the president, president’s campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition, give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government, and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote,” Romney said. The New York Times quoted Romney as having said, “With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest was a big gift.”
“Free contraceptives were very big with young college-aged women,” he continued, according to the Times. “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,” Romney told his donors.
Governor Bobby Jindal was one of the potential 2016 candidates who spoke out against the comments at the Republican Governors Association meeting earlier in the week, saying the comments do not represent his party. “I absolutely reject that notion, I think that’s absolutely wrong,” Jindal stated.
“I’m proud to have campaigned for him across the country, but I absolutely reject what he said. Look, we as the Republican Party have to campaign for every single vote,” Jindal said on Fox News Sunday. “If we want people to like us, we have to like them first. And you don’t start to like people by insulting them and saying their votes were bought. We are an aspirational party.”
“I just think it’s nuts,” one of Romney’s former political foes, Newt Gingrich said on ABC. “I mean, first of all, it’s insulting.”
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Thursday said Mitt Romney’s comment that President Obama defeated him on Election Day because the president gave “gifts” to young voters and minorities “is at odds with the truth of what happened last week.”
Aboard Air Force One, Carney told reporters that Romney’s “view of the American people, of the electorate and of the election is at odds with the truth,” according to CBS News.
“And as we talked about a lot and the president talked about a lot, making it easier for Americans to go to college, that’s good for America,” he said. “It’s good for all Americans. It’s good for the economy. Making health care available to young people who can stay on their parents’ plans -- that’s good for those families, it’s good for those young people, so that they aren’t bankrupted in their twenties by an illness. And it’s good for the economy, and it’s good for all of us.”
Meanwhile, in the same phone call, Mitt Romney found some time to discuss the Republican primary circus and the 21 debates, which only made President Obama laugh all the way to the bank, while the Republicans were fighting themselves out answering questions by the liberal media.
“We had 20 Republican debates, that was absolutely nuts,” he said. “It opened us up to gaffes and to material that could be used against us in the general, and we were fighting these debates for a year, and the incumbent president just sat back and laughed.”
According to the Huffington Post report, Romney also said that the networks that hosted the debates were working against the party. He said that next time, the GOP should “agree that we’re gonna do, you know, I don’t know, eight debates, and we’re gonna, we’re gonna do one a month, and we’re gonna pick stations that are reasonable, it’s not all gonna be done by CNN and NBC, alright, I mean we’re gonna try and guide this process so that it’s designed to showcase the best of our people as opposed to showcasing liberals beating the heck out of us.”