Mitt Romney blamed his defeat Wednesday on President Barack Obama’s “gifts” to blacks, Hispanics and young voters during his first term as president.
Obama, Romney argued in a conference call to big-money donors that was revealed by the Los Angeles Times, had been “very generous” to blacks, Hispanics and young voters. He cited 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 Obamacare, he added, gave an extra incentive to young women to back the president.
Hours later, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a possible future Republican presidential contender, blasted Romney.
Speaking to reporters at an annual meeting of Republican governors in Las Vegas, Jindal said, "I think that's absolutely wrong. We have got to stop dividing the American voters. We need to go after 100 percent of the votes, not 53 percent. We need to go after every single vote. ... So I absolutely reject that notion, that description. I think it's absolutely wrong. I don't think that represents where we are as a party, where we're going as a party. That has got to be one of the most fundamental takeaways from this election."
Jindal is set to become chairman of the Republican Governors Association.
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Romney argued that Obama’s health care 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 otherwise, and to African-American and Hispanic voters.