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Opinion: Actually Mitt, it wasn't just minorities that voted for Obama
Roland Martin asks, why is Mitt Romney largely blaming minorities for his loss to President Obama?
November 15th, 2012
03:30 PM ET

Opinion: Actually Mitt, it wasn't just minorities that voted for Obama

Editor's note: Roland Martin is a syndicated columnist and author of "The First: President Barack Obama's Road to the White House." He is a commentator for the TV One cable network and host/managing editor of its Sunday morning news show, "Washington Watch with Roland Martin."

By Roland Martin, CNN Contributor

(CNN) - If you took a moment during the heat of the presidential race to drop by the Mitt Romney campaign office, you would have been shocked by the number of white people working to get him elected. About the only color you would have seen were the red and white in the Romney-Ryan posters.

If you met with Romney's senior campaign team - the decision makers - you would have said major corporations in America have more diversity on their boards of directors than these guys.

At a Romney campaign event, followers of mine on Twitter always played the "do-you-know-that-one-black-person-who-is-always-standing-behind-Mitt-with-a-sign" game. Seriously. Seeing someone black, Hispanic or Asian at a Romney campaign rally was always a sight to behold.

So why in the world is Mitt Romney now largely blaming minorities for the butt-kicking administered to him by President Obama?

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  1. TheTruth

    The "logic" in this article is so faulty. Many of the states mentioned are democratic states and even though many whites voted against Romney, at least they voted on opinions and convictions rather than color alone, like blacks did. Let me explain.

    I checked the CNN exit polls on election night, and the numbers showed that 93% of blacks voted for Obama! (The white vote was something like 57% Romney, 43% Obama)

    The 93% is THE reason that Obama remains in the White House. If blacks had voted based on reason rather than race, we have a new president today.

    And if you think for one second that if whites had voted 93% against a black candidate in favor of a white one, that blacks wouldn't burn this country to the ground, you're crazy.

    Remember folks, it's not racism unless a white person did it...

    December 6, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. michaelw777

    Nice piece. Glad Rolad sees that there's a small yet significant group of white people who didn't vote for Romney for precisely the reasons he mentioned. And I'm one of that group too!

    November 16, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jorge

    What the macroeconomically-illiterate do not realize is that those "less fortunate Americans" who are not idol characters out of an Ayn Rand novel are precisely the folks who fuel the national economy and tax base with their buying power when they are gainfully employed. To idolize and cosset with tax breaks those industries/investors who are getting richer by the minute by outsourcing, buying out and dismantling and otherwise rarifying the means of employment in this country may be within the capitalist list of loves, but it is neither good for the nation's interests, productive in the absolute sense nor patriotic in any sense of the word. Perhaps many of those Americans who are not yet on the sour-grapes list of the GOP have realized that, and have voted against the hypnotic double-speak of the hired talking heads.

    November 16, 2012 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. Art

    To Roland Martin : You are so right !! I'm a 64 yr old white male. I and my wife voted for Obama as did a number of our friends. ( the ones that "get it"). We are retired & doing fine financially, the type Romney probably assumes would vote for him. WRONG ! A. We are not rich & arrogant. B. We genuinely care about the less fortunate Americans. C. We are color blind. D. We believe every woman has the right to choose what happens with her body. E. Obama is making progress getting beyond the nightmare mess left by Bush. Please keep reporting the facts, we need that.
    Thank you, Art

    November 15, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |