Romney still hold to the position he lost because of pending Obama entitlements that overwhelmed his campaign. Really, what about IA? He lost there and that state is older and whiter? The numbers still don’t add up.
Mitt Romney emerged to hold two conference calls with donors today, and the Times has his verbatims from the later one in the mid-afternoon with his national finance team, in which he told his backers it was the free stuff that President Obama offered targeted groups that ultimately goosed Democratic turnout to the point where he couldn’t counteract it:
“With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest, was a big gift,” he 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.”
The president’s health care plan, he added, was also a useful tool in mobilizing African-American and Hispanic voters. Though Mr. Romney won the white vote with 59 percent, according to exit polls, minorities coalesced around the president in overwhelming numbers — 93 percent of blacks and 71 percent of Hispanics voted to re-elect Mr. Obama.
“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,” he 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.”…
Romney officials such as Neil Newhouse, Matt Rhoades, Rich Beeson, Stuart Stevens and Gail Gitcho led a similar call – without the candidate – last week wtih top surrogates, in which they thanked them for their help and made some of the same points Romney made on the donor call.