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Romney: Obama promised gifts to Latino voters

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I thought the Republican presidential candidate would simply evaporate into the ether after the election, but apparently he wasn’t the only one living in fantasyland.

From the Los Angeles Times:

“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.”

As William Saletan over at Slate astutely points out, Mitt’s most recent comments on blacks, Latinos and women sound awfully similar to the comments he made in the now-infamous 47 percent video recorded back in May. Governor Romney and his campaign later argued that the words had simply come out the wrong way.

“The call belies everything Romney said in his attempts to clean up the 47 percent video,” Saletan writes. “At the Sept. 19 Univision forum, Romney said the country was too divided, and he proclaimed his commitment to the poor. On the call, he depicts blacks, Latinos, and young women as interest groups bought off by handouts and amnesty. At the Univision forum, Romney framed food stamps as something unemployed people ‘had to go onto.’ On the call, he casts public assistance as ‘extraordinary financial gifts’ eagerly seized in exchange for votes.”

But now that Romney is no longer the GOP’s reluctant pick for the White House, Republicans can thoroughly disown Romney and anything he says from here on out.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who is also head of the Republican Governors Association, and fellow Republican Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin have both fired back at Romney’s comments. Speaking after Jindal at a conference in Las Vegas, Governor Walker said the Republican Party isn’t “just for people who are currently not dependent on the government. It’s for all Americans.”

Considering that Romney was “shell-shocked” when he learned that he’d lost the election, it’s clear that he still hasn’t come to terms with why or how he lost to the president. He wants to believe his ideas were the right ones for America, but that 47 percent of us were led astray by the promise of big gifts, stuff like immigration reform, reproductive rights, affordable education, social safety nets, health care, and the like.

Truth is, Romney was unable to defeat an incumbent black president with a Muslim name presiding over the toughest economic period in 70 years. If that doesn’t underscore how unpopular Romney’s plans for America were, I don’t know what does.


[from ABC News]

About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

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  1. It is clear why the republican party is trying to stay clear of this fool, and clean themselves of this 47% flip flopper who battled more himself than President Obama*(Oh…..NO GIFTS*NOT YET)LOL!///wait YES I did….I just got a job!

  2. Wellllll…I DID get a free Obama/Biden bumper sticker. Does that count as my free gift? :)

  3. I’m still waiting for my football phone.

  4. I’m still waiting for my gift! LOL I guess reproductive rights will have to do for now.

  5. @Stephanie: I did too and I got a magnet for my refrigerator.. I wonder the same thing.. lol

  6. Romney – FAIL. What a sore loser.

  7. ja,ja,ja,ja I’m still waiting for my gift! ja,ja,ja Mentirosos!! Big time!!!

  8. i just thank god obama won, let them whine all they want.

  9. It’s true Obama promised things to many groups he won’t fulfill including Latinos . …and we will all be crying soon as unemployment is skyrocketing .

  10. He promised us those things last time as well. Let’s hope this time he delivers, otherwise we really were led astray weren’t we?

  11. I was really hoping for Jill Stein to win (on the Green Party ticket)

  12. Gifts? Well, I have a president who respects my mom, sisters, nieces, etc. Is that what he means? The economy still stinks, but at least it’s getting better and I have a brighter future; is that a gift? I know that people who have been dealt an unfair hand when it comes to money can now get the help they need to keep from dying; does that make him Santa Claus?

  13. I did get something free from President Obama. His friendship and unconditional love for all of us. JH

  14. yes stephanie ,me too , but priscilla, you got a magnet? , i have postcard ,

  15. Sore LOSER!!! Please go away, NOW!!!

  16. With out fighting or arguing i would like to know what has Obama done? not promised but actually done for Latinos, and please don’t include the illegal aliens issues, because what i am asking is straight forward question to those Born here, naturalized, or resident latinos. Please tell me of a very detailed, concise, fact bill for you as an American Latino that has been issued? or progarm or legislation that has actually made your life better? simple question

  17. Romney is 100% correct. Latinos just dug their own grave by giving Obama a second term. Socialism has been spreading in Latin America, as it has been in USA.
    The popular thing to do is not always the correct thing to do.
    Who is stupid enough to think that it is a coincidence that Obama, who was inactive on immigration for 3 years all of a sudden, months before election, enforced the “dream act”, cut interest on student loans, began to incite the poor/middle class against the wealthy, and promised women free birth control?
    Did you watch the DNC? The whole thing was about government handouts and praising social programs.

  18. I don’t know if the consensus of a general perception drawn to the idea that public servants can deliver a better means to prosperity than one’s self defines entitlement, ignorance, oblivion or indolence. One thing is for certain, charisma will take you anywhere.

  19. NWI nwi nwi nwiiiiiii

  20. Is that idiot still spewing bullshit??? Get over it Romney! And you didn’t answer a straight question! Ughh

  21. The fact is that the stock market has tumbled almost 5% in just over one week. Economists predict that we may see unemployment rates back at 2009 levels(above 9%) in 2013. We are set to fall face first into the recession. Except this time our military will be weaker and our investors will pay more taxes.
    America is just a house of cards waiting to fall right now.

  22. I just find it ironic how Romney’s home state didn’t vote for him.. makes you think..

  23. If he didn’t promise gifts then what did he promise? Isn’t that what politics is all about? Empty promises. Hasn’t the issue of immigration been the sticking point for everyone here? Well, four years from now we find out whether or not if he’ll deliver these gifts….;-)

  24. Tim do you really want the US to have its own Augusto Pinochet?

  25. he is such an idot!!! and those stupid comments just keeps proving why he didn’t win, what a sore LOSER!!!!

  26. He’s just a sore loser get over it!

  27. mike miloni says:

    No offense or bigotry intended but how did Latin end up being considered a seperate race for Spanish speaking peoples of the Western Hemisphere especially within the past few decades and corrupted into Latino when the vast majority of these people are not of the Latin stock, nor did Latin come from them, neither did they ever speak it . Anyone with a decent knowledge of history would know that Latin, by language, culture, and tribes originated and devoloped in Europe, specifically, Italy, by ancient Rome, Julius Ceaser, Pompeii, and the Vatican and they are the true Latins since its their historical and cultural legacy for over 2000 years and was the language of Rome when Christ walked the earth. And being from Europe Latin is part of the white race.

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