In a major conference call with donors yesterday, Mitt Romney declared he was outdone by President Obama last Tuesday night because of the “gifts” the incumbent promised to Hispanics, African-Americans, and young people.
While the press wasn’t explicitly invited to join in on the call, The Caucus Blog over at the New York Times provided a summary of Romney’s remarks after a donor allowed them to listen in:
“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.”
The president’s health care plan, he said, was also a useful tool in mobilizing black 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.
“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.”
Romney’s analysis ignores some key failures in his own campaign. In fact, he repeats one of them by dividing people into categories of “makers” and “takers” (remember the “47%” comment?). The hard reality is that while many people go through both “making” and “taking” periods in their lives, the majority want a steady job, a healthy family, and a strong nation.
This is particularly true of Hispanic voters who left their own countries to come here and build a new life on Republican ideals. But instead of tapping into that sentiment, Romney seems dead set on blaming his loss on factors like Latino dependency.
Also, consider one of our biggest government handout programs – Medicare. Apparently, this freebie didn’t sway too many voters to Obama. Nearly 77% of Medicare recipients are white – a group Romney won 59-39%.