Romney Blames Loss on Obama's 'Gifts' to Minorities and Young Voters - NYTimes.com
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tl;dr Romney blames Obama for enacting policies that helped Americans, who in turn voted for the President. This guy is beyond clueless. God help our soul if he had been elected President. I think in so many words, he's finally coming to terms with how he lost: by marginalizing much of his potential constituency. See: Bobby Jindahl's comments.
“In each case, they were very generous in what they gave to those groups,” Mr. Romney said, contrasting Mr. Obama’s strategy to his own of “talking about big issues for the whole country: military strategy, foreign policy, a strong economy, creating jobs and so forth.”
Mr. Romney’s comments in the 20-minute conference call came after his running mate, Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, told WISC-TV in Madison on Monday that their loss was a result of Mr. Obama’s strength in “urban areas,” an analysis that did not account for Mr. Obama’s victories in more rural states like Iowa and New Hampshire or the decrease in the number of votes for the president relative to 2008 in critical urban counties in Ohio.
“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.”
Where's the free health care?!?!?! Obamacare is an insurer friendly way to FORCE young people to ante up their own (or their parents') cash and enter the risk pool, which will presumably counterbalance the costs of some of the sick people who will now be covered. How is that free?
Bobby Jindahl rejects Romney's theory: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1112/83892.html
“I don’t think that represents where we are as a party and where we’re going as a party. That has got to be one of the most fundamental takeaways from this election: If we’re going to continue to be a competitive party and win elections on the national stage and continue to fight for our conservative principles, we need two messages to get out loudly and clearly: One, we are fighting for 100 percent of the votes, and secondly, our policies benefit every American who wants to pursue the American dream. Period. No exceptions.”
In other words: Mitt, don't go away mad. Mitt, just go away.
I still think it'd be an incredible amount of bipartisanship -- at least for show anyways -- if Pres. Obama nominated Gov. Romney for a secretary-level position, like he did with Secretary Clinton. If not SecTreasury, perhaps Secretary of Health and Human Services. Clearly, the man knew how to put #RomneyCare into place, and let's see his business acumen go towards fixing/improving the health system in America.