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article imageWhite House responds to Mitt Romney's 'gifts' remark

By Can Tran     Nov 15, 2012 in Politics
Mitt Romney continues to take political fire for his "gifts" explanation when talking about his loss to US President Obama. The White House has given its response.
Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, the GOP nominee for the 2012 United States Presidential race, recently weighed in on his loss to US President Barack Obama who is the Democratic incumbent. In a phone call to his campaign donors, Romney said that he lost because Obama offered “gifts” to his key voting blocks: Latinos, blacks, young supporters, and women. Romney talked about immigration proposals, college loan forgiveness, contraceptives, and so forth. When talking to the donors, Romney said that they were “small things.” To Romney, those issues that are key to those voting blocks were considered “small things.”
Recently, Romney is taking political heat from those remarks. Ironically, before Romney made those remarks about Obama, Obama had given him praise. David Axelrod, a senior campaign adviser to Obama, responded to Romney's accusation by saying that he was still looking at the United States through the parameter of the “47%.” Footage of Romney's remark about the 47% ended up being used as ads against him in the general election cycle.
Jay Carney, the White House Press Secretary, fired back saying that Romney is at odds with the “truth of his loss.” He talked about going in-depth with Obama talking about making it easier for people to go to college and making health care more available, etc.
On CNN, Democratic Representative Chris Van Hollen, said that Romney was off base. Van Hollen sided with Jindal on those remarks. Like Axelrod, Van Hollen pointed out to Romney's 47% remark.
Other Democratic pundits have yet to weigh in on Romney's remarks. However, notable figures in the GOP have started to talk about it. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who is to lead the Republican Governors Association in 2013, was vocal in firing back against Romney's “gift” remark. Jindal said that Romney's words were wrong and those words were divisive to Americans. He said that Romney lost because a “vision” wasn't presented to the people.
GOP Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin, a Tea Party Republican, echoed similar words. Walker said that the GOP is for all Americans.
In short, many Republicans were shocked at Mitt's comments. To them, Romney's “gifts” remark does nothing but alienate those voters further.
GOP Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, who supported Romney, is distancing herself after Romney's remarks. Ayotte, when on MSNBC, said she didn't agree with the comments. She added that the 2012 campaign was over and there are challenges that need to be resolved.
GOP Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, a Tea Party Republican, also joined in. Rubio said he didn't want to rebut Romney on all those points; he did say that he didn't believe that the millions of Americans didn't want to work. He said that the millions are out of work because they can't find a job. In a Huffington Post article, it was said that Rubio was interviewed by the National Journal. Rubio said that it's difficult to get people to believe your economic message when they think you want to deport their family members.
Other people commented on Romney's “gift” remarks.
In a CNN opinion piece by Roland Martin, minorities weren't the only ones that cast their votes for Obama. In the piece, the exit polls were cited in which seventy-percent of all American voters are white. Martin said that fifty-nine percent of those voters chose Romney. He also added in the states that Obama won such as: Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire in which most of the population are white.
A Daily Beast piece, by Alex Klein, said that Romney was wrong. He said that those “gifts” doesn't mean you'll vote for Obama. On the article, there's an interactive graph that shoots down Romney's “gifts” remark.
In a New York Times article by Micah Cohen, the LGBT vote is explained as being helpful to Obama in his re-election. When giving the “gifts” explanation to his campaign donors, Romney didn't mention the LGBT community and what “gifts” they received. The article explains information from exit polls saying that 76% of LGBT voters supported Obama while 22% supported Romney.
Ta-Nehisi Coates, senior editor at The Atlantic, wrote a piece said that one should consider that political parties organize around their interests and so forth. Coates talked about how Romney represented a coalition that expanded the policies of people such as Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Many people have weighed in on Romney's “gift” remarks. This could affect what role Romney will play in the future. You still have the 2014 and 2016 elections. In 2014, you have US Senate, US House, and governor seats that are up for grabs. In 2016, you have another US Presidential race and Obama cannot run for a second term.
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