Thursday, November 15, 2012

Romney: Obama Bribed Voters

Soon after he disparaged 47 percent of Americans, Mitt Romney realized that he'd harmed his campaign and declared that he was "completely wrong." Now that the election is over, he's back to criticizing half the country as moochers who voted for Obama expecting that they'd get "gifts." Romney, who's never had to worry about health care costs, complained about the expansion of health care for others through the Affordable Care Act. He lamented giving young immigrants a chance under the Dream Act and easing the cost of college loans. Naturally, Romney's comments have been embraced by Fox News pundits to promote their "makers vs. takers" theme. The following are excerpts from Romney's conference call with backers as he whined about Hispanics, African Americans, the young and women being bribed to re-elect the president:

In a conference call with fund-raisers and donors to his campaign, Mr. Romney said Wednesday afternoon that the president had followed the “old playbook” of using targeted initiatives to woo specific interest groups — “especially the African-American community, the Hispanic community and young people.”

...“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.”

...“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.”


W.J. McCabe said...

He really showed the majority of American voters they were correct to reject him as some rich guy who has no clue about what the lives of most Americans are like. I wrote a post about it titled "Please Go Away, Mitt Romney."

Jeff Tone said...

W.J.: Excellent post. Regarding your hope that Romney "gives his fellow Americans the gift of his silence," there are Republicans who want him to keep quiet as well, at least from a public relations perspective.