On a private phone call hacked by an informant to media outlets, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney told major donors that he lost the election due in large part to “gifts” President Obama gave to certain strategic demographics.
“The Obama campaign was following the old playbook of giving a lot of stuff to groups that they hoped they could get to vote for them and be motivated to go out to the polls, specifically the African American community, the Hispanic community and young people. In each case they were very generous in what they gave to those groups.”
Romney gave examples like student loan forgiveness and health care insurance for young people ages 18-34 which Obama won with 63% of the vote. (Reuters)
While leftwing media and liberal Twitter trolls attempt to demonize Romney for his comments, few are trying to prove him wrong.
Other “gifts” from the government that likely helped the Obama win include free birth control for young women, which Obama won by a large margin. Using an executive order to grant amnesty to Hispanic and Latino children likely aided the president’s nearly 80% support among nonwhites (Reuters). And who could forget the million+ Obamaphone giveaways in OH?
There’s no doubt the race was close. Did government gifts sway the election in Obama’s favor? Romney may be on to something.