WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is telling top donors that President Barack Obama won re-election because of the "gifts" he had already provided to blacks, Hispanics and young voters and because of the president's effort to paint Romney as anti-immigrant.

"The president's campaign, if you will, focused on giving targeted groups a big gift," Romney said in a call to donors on Wednesday. "He made a big effort on small things."

Romney said his campaign, in contrast, had been about "big issues for the whole country." He said he faced problems as a candidate because he was "getting beat up" by the Obama campaign and that the debates allowed him to come back.

In the call, Romney didn't acknowledge any major missteps, such as his "47 percent" remarks widely viewed as denigrating nearly half of Americans, his lack of support for the auto bailout, his call for illegal immigrants to "self-deport," or his change in position on abortion, gun control and other issues. He also didn't address the success or failure of the campaign's strategy of focusing on the economy in the face of some improvement in employment and economic growth during the months leading up to Election Day.

Obama won the popular vote by about 3.5 million votes, or 3 percent, and won the Electoral College by a wide margin, 332-206 electoral votes. Exit polls conducted for The Associated Press and television networks showed that Obama led Romney by 11 percentage points among women and won better than 7 of 10 Hispanic voters and more than 9 of 10 black voters.

Romney called his loss to Obama a disappointing result that he and his team had not expected, but he said he believed his team had run a superb campaign. He said he was trying to turn his thoughts to the future, "but, frankly, we're still so troubled by the past, it's hard to put together our plans for the future."

Romney's finance team organized the call to donors. The Los Angeles Times first reported Romney's remarks.

Among the "gifts" Romney cited were free health care "in perpetuity," which he said was highly motivational to black and Hispanic voters as well as for voters making $25,000 to $35,000 a year.

Romney also said the administration's promise to offer what he called "amnesty" to the children of illegal immigrants — what he termed "the so-called DREAM Act kids" — helped send Hispanics to the polls for Obama.

Young voters, Romney said, were motivated by the administration's plan for partial forgiveness of college loan interest and being able to remain on their parents' health insurance plans. Young women had an additional incentive to vote for Obama because of free contraception coverage under the president's health care plan, he said.

"I'm very sorry that we didn't win," he told donors. "I know that you expected to win. We expected to win. We were disappointed; we hadn't anticipated it."

Romney said he and his team were discussing how his donor group could remain connected and have an influence on the direction of the Republican Party and even the selection of a future nominee — "which, by the way, will not be me."


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29 thoughts on “Romney: Obama Won With ‘Gifts’ to Certain Voters

  1. Romney was trying to explain to his pissed off donors, why he losed the election. And of course he did not loss it because he ran a bad campaign. It was all Obama’s fault. I know his donors are not as stupid as he is,and believed his bulls**t.

  2. Romney was trying to explain to his pissed off donors, why he losed the election. And of course he did not loss it because he ran a bad campaign. It was all Obama’s fault. I know his donors are not as stupid as he is,and believed his bulls**t.

  3. mccarroll59 on said:

    Now this is what “Entitlement” really looks like! What an ignorant, racist, spoiled little rich brat!

    Eric R. McCarroll

  4. msfineonenhere on said:

    he got gifts as well big big big money gifts and still lost the gop needs to strap you on the roof of your auto like you did your dog and drive off into the sunset and never ever come back also put boner mccain mcconel and a few others of your racist party into the trunk i,ll donate 2.00 for the gas

  5. mickey1951 on said:

    This man definely has SOUR GRAPES. He is a A–HOLE. He even lost his HOME STATE. Just give it up, with the remarks. It is not working.

  6. winterone on said:

    Very thoughtful. He can’t have the fruit. He’s a Mormon, he doesn’t believe in Christ as a Christian would. Two totally different faiths.

  7. Gabbytow on said:

    This man is a prejudice,sore loser. He thought he was gone be the great “white hope” but God stepped in and showed him different. Now he is having to explain to all these people he has made promises to why they waisted their money on him. Poor Soul!

  8. Denial can be a real mother for you. Mitt Romney, it’s almost a week later, is still going around in a daze.
    Mitt: I can’t believe I lost the whole thing
    Anne: It’ll be alright honey.
    Tagg: Gosh! My dad….he’s not himself.
    Black Passerby: Looks like your father has the blues, he may need to listen to some B.B. King.
    Tagg: B.B. King? Is he Mormon?

    Studies have shown that prayers for individuals like: Mitt Romney, Donald Trump, Karl Rove and others tend to leave those praying for them astonished because these individuals place some kind of shield around them. Prayers just bounce right off. Unless they open themselves to receiving prayer, one is better off whistling in the dark.

  9. I think this is an example of a sore loser. We need to pray for Romney, Donald Trump, Karl Rove and many others that are so negative. Romney can’t take a loss and is acting like a child. I think he is simply showing the world that he WAS NOT going to do anything to help the middle and lower class. With that being said, Black America Web, let’s STOP GIVING ROMNEY A VOICE. We should move on and focus on other news. He will be alright in the morning!!

  10. Gifts? Gifts? What about his intended gift to rich folks – no increase in taxes! Please Mitt – you lost because the POTUS won – get over it and get on with your life

  11. africanwarrior on said:

    No need to Rub It In . President Obama won
    why all this childish journalism.
    Concetrate helping The President force congress to deal with our fragile Economy.

  12. africanwarrior on said:

    No need to Rub It In . President Obama won
    why all this childish journalism.
    Concetrate helping The President force congress to deal with our fragile Economy.

  13. lelind98 on said:

    Based on his remarks, he was more intrested in helping a select group of people. I wonder what was his motive for the remaining group of people – Genocide? He preached diversity in his campaign speech, but his words reflect an alternative motive if he ever gains control. He is truly a wolf in sheeps clothing. There is nothing about him that deems him as credible or trustworthy, but everything about him does seem to prove he is indeed a sore loser.

  14. Mr. Romney, the real reason you lost the White House is simple. It is not rocket science, here is the revelation: You lost because you have never gone a day without food or the means to get food. For these reasons and others, individuals that have, realized they needed to run to the polls to elect someone that knows persoally what it means to struggle and survive, would be the one and only choice for them to fully relate to their American Story.

    I voted for Mr. Obama the first time, and did not vote for him nor you this time. I was seeking Christ point of view at the polls and simply could not find it on the ballot in either candidate, so I voted for Christ.

    Move forward with your life and fine peace in knowing, you never would have won, because as was reflected in the polls, you had more against you than for you.

  15. Bottom line, this man is arrogant. He is a smarter (in an arrogant way) version of Donald Trump. Says stupid things, doesn’t understand everyday people and CANNOT connect wtih minorities and young people if his life depended on it. He can blame everyone but himself. Obama and his team just out strategized him. Bad part it, he is a smart man and could really do some good if he came down off his golden high horse. OBAMA!!!!!

  16. Pray for Mitt Romney. He needs your prayers and ask that God, the Father of the Universe, to give Romney the “Fruit of the Spirit.” __Galatians 5:22-23

  17. oneorbetter on said:

    not humble at all. he acts like a 2 year-old with a temper tantrum. face it you lost and that is it. you did not have the votes. go sulk and stop being a sore loser.

  18. MISSDEE on said:

    He said the President made a big effort on the “small things”…NEWSFLASH ROMNEY….the small things matter too!!!! We are delighted that you will not run for office next go round!!!

  19. nivlac1949 on said:

    Again, here’s Mitt Romney is not telling the truth. Lying in many instances in this article. And he wonders why I lost? He is clueless along with with his billionaire donors. Big money couldn’t buy the election this time. TJMS family lets make sure they can’t buy the next election either.

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