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November 15th, 2012
12:30 PM ET

Jindal slams Romney for 'gifts' comment about minorities, young voters

By Ashley Killough and Kevin Bohn, CNN

(CNN) – Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana fiercely shot back at Mitt Romney’s claim Wednesday that President Barack Obama outmatched the 2012 Republican presidential nominee by offering "gifts" to African-Americans, Hispanics and young voters.

“I absolutely reject that notion,” Jindal, who was a surrogate for Romney’s campaign, said at the Republican Governors Association conference in Las Vegas. “I think that's absolutely wrong.”

“I don't think that represents where we are as a party and where we're going as a party,” he continued. “That has got to be one of the most fundamental takeaways from this election.”

Romney made the comments on a call with top donors Wednesday afternoon, various news outlets have reported. The former Massachusetts governor also made similar arguments on a separate call earlier in the morning, CNN confirmed.

"What the president, president's campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition, give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government, and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote," Romney said in the afternoon call, according to audio aired on ABC News.

Romney, who lost to Obama by 126 electoral votes, said the president courted voters by offering policies – some of them this election year – that appealed to key constituencies.

"With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest, was a big gift," Romney said, according to The New York Times.

"Free contraceptives were very big with young college-aged women," he continued. "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 reform plan, he added, also brought out support from African Americans and Hispanic voters.

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  1. Major

    I admit that we took a beating from the Socialist party of "Race-Baiters and Welfare Pimps". Republicans can never compete with Democrats in buying votes from parasites as long as the Democrats have the ability to steal $Trillions of dollars from taxpayers. I have no idea how to win the hearts and minds of people who will sell their own children into financial servitude just so they can get a hand out but they had better wise up because they are killing the very people who supports them. Is anyone suprised that approx. 95% of blacks will do anything for a welfare check and that 71% of Mexicans who want open borders – so that millions and millions of their relitives can flood into America – are willing to sell their vote to the highest bidder? So tell me parasites: Are you really stupid enought to killed the golden goose – those horrible ,rich,tax-paying white people who's money you are living off of ??

    November 16, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Name*Gi Jon

    Smitt is right obama gave the illegal baby beans a get away from deportation card two months from the election now that is a gift

    November 16, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. william

    Mitt, you lost because you are not a good person and your party did everything it could to turn off as many people as possible. As dumb as we are, Americans can recognize evil when we see it..

    November 16, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jorge

    Bye bye, Mittens, don't let the door hit you on the way OUT...

    November 16, 2012 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jorge

    This is not a news article, this is political advertising.

    November 16, 2012 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |