During a phone call with some of his top donors on Wednesday, former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney blamed his loss to incumbent President Barack Obama because the Democrat gave out too much stuff.
Reports in both the Los Angeles Times and New York Times indicate that Romney said during the call that Obama had been "very generous" in doling out "big gifts" to "the African American community, the Hispanic community and young people", as well as women throughout his first term. He argued that benefits like access to "free health care", more affordable student loans, guaranteed contraceptive coverage, and "amnesty for children of illegals" combined to give Obama an edge in popularity.
Romney told donors:
“The President’s campaign focused on giving targeted groups a big gift — so he made a big effort on small things. Those small things, by the way, add up to trillions of dollars.”
Romney's explanation for his long had strong similarities with the fundraiser tape leaked earlier this year in which he said that Obama's strength came from the 47 percent of Americans who are "dependent" on government and consider themselves "victims".
His explanation contained strong echoes of a leaked fundraiser tape earlier this year in which he told campaign backers that Obama’s strength came from the 47 percent of Americans who consider themselves “victims” and “dependent” on government.
Romney also told his donors that he believed all the way til the end that he would win:
“I am very sorry that we didn’t win. I know that you expected to win. We expected to win. … It was very close, but close doesn’t count in this business.”