Romney Speaks About Loss, Blames It on Obama Wooing People with ‘Gifts and Initiatives’

Mitt Romney conducted a "spin and grin" call (desribed that way by someone who dialed in) today and spoke for the first time about his election loss, the NYT reports:

Concession_romneyIn a conference call on Wednesday afternoon with his national finance committee, Mr. Romney said that the president had followed the “old playbook” of wooing specific interest groups — “especially the African-American community, the Hispanic community and young people,” Mr. Romney explained — with targeted gifts and initiatives.

“In each case they were very generous in what they gave to those groups,” Mr. Romney said.

“With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest, was a big gift,” he 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…”

Full story here.


  1. says

    No, you lost because your party ran on a campaign that was a complete insult to anyone with a functioning brain and a compassionate heart.

    you were anti-woman. you were anti-gay. you were anti-poor. you were anti-sick.

    you ran the type of platform that appealed only the old angry white men who hated being forced to Integrate, and the braindead women they married who remain slaves in the kitchen.

    what did you offer? bigotry. ok. policies that catered to religious beliefs and not scientific of sociologically backed-up facts and empirical evidence.

    and xenophobia of the highest order.

    you lost because your vision of America actually died in 1955. and thank GOD for that.

  2. StillMarriedinCA says

    And Myth Romney offered to give free gifts to the top 2%– who don’t need free gifts– and didn’t understand that that wouldn’t get him enough votes to win. Idiot.

  3. Steve says

    I would love to hear the Republican camp say, “We lost because we didn’t listen to the U.S. voters. We kow-towed to the radical right and didn’t realize that most citizens are in the center. We let hubris take over the campaign, rather than talking with people humbly and honestly. Next time we will appeal to everyone’s intelligence, not their fears.”

  4. RyanInWyo says

    The “party of personal responsibility” once again blames someone else for its own failure. How responsible!

  5. Alex Parrish says

    God forbid he should admit it was his fault and that of his group of angry white men who were his handlers. Once again, he prefers to think that the American public is stupid enough to vote on some perceived “gift” rather than an understanding of the issues. He thinks all aAmericans are stupid and if they see-thru him it must be that they have been bribed. He’s is as out-of-touch reality now as he was all thru the campaign.

  6. Randy says

    So if you say things people want to hear, to get elected, Mr Etch-A-Sketch thinks that’s bad now?

    And of it’s the same old thing, why wasn’t he prepared to counter it?

    What a lying loser.

  7. says

    I see Mittens is still in deep denial.

    It wasn’t the messenger (okay, maybe that was a huge part of it, Mr. Wafflehouse), but it was more the MESSAGE. That’s what the Republicans will never understand…and that will be their downfall.

  8. PLAINTOM says

    Willard, since you will never run for office again would you please release your tax returns. What is in these documents that convinced McCain not to offer you the VP slot ?

  9. john patrick says

    Poor Mittster. He didn’t get the opportunity to give himself the gift of no taxes on his capital gains. He was hoping and expecting to be able to get by without paying any federal taxes.

  10. Icebloo says

    I LOVE IT ! I want the Republicans to continue their lies and denials. I want them to continue to be anti-gay, racist, anti-women, anti-health care etc. It will keep them out of office and ensure a victory for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

  11. simon says

    What a journey. After Mitt’s 100% statement, he now reverts back to his 47% position. He said that he is for the 100% was a lie in order to get elected.

  12. says

    I have a good republican friend and she really believes that Democrats are Democrats because we believe we want the government to take care of us. I’m always astounded but the key to understanding them is knowing that this is what they really believe in their hearts, as ass-wrong as it is.

  13. Zlick says

    It would be nice if he’d so something like this at least quarterly, to remind me how glad I am he lost.

  14. Icebloo says

    We need a new law that anyone who puts their money in a foreign country should not be allowed to run for President. If you aren’t paying taxes here then why should you be allowed to become President and dictate laws to others ? We need to start a petition.

  15. Bernie says

    and this took you a week to say!!! wow!! you are so brilliantly…..stupid If this is your best shot, the Republicans have learned nothing! The election results are CLEAR: the white, rich, Christian, heterosexual male you were pandering to has faded and is fading

  16. Polyboy says

    His public persona is a sociopath incapable of self reflection or empathy. I feel sorry for his family.

  17. Magutia says

    No, Mitt you lost because us women do not feel like being treated as third-class citizens (female dogs have more rights and access to health services than we do in certain states), and that derogatory comments, opinions and all over statements that you have made in the past 8 years in regard to anyone who is not a straight-white-Christian male, were quite clear that you are not OUR president, but rather our persecutor.

  18. Jay in SF says

    wow –
    “I can’t help that I lost. I was going to give specific things to the very wealthy in favor of them sending me money…which worked out quite well, I might add…but…I don’t understand why we don’t get to have a vote for each dollar we own…rather than just one vote per person. There is no way my VERY VERY specialized SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP can possibly come up with as many votes as the poor, blacks, Latinos, women, gays, youth all combined. I mean…these people have no money…why should they get to win?”

  19. says

    NOT THAT DARN WOOING! It’s a very wholesome thing that not one Mormon is wooable! Check the vote in Utah, Idaho and Arizona (clearly no wooing or cooing or Romney booing went on there)!

  20. ChrisQ says

    You and your magic underpants lost. Go away now, and work on getting a few more wives to keep Queen Ann company.

  21. Deke says

    When is it going to occur to Mitt that many of us thought he was a horse’s ass. The man has vertigo from too much spinning.

  22. Keith says

    And mitt promised gifts to his rich friends. Trouble is , there are relatively few rich people, and they only get to vote one time each. (So far.) Maybe think about others the next time. Oh wait. There won’t be a next time!

  23. Bart says

    Dammit, Mr. Romney, I vote for Obama and I wasn’t even given a condom. What’s with that?

    Face it, Mitt, Three million, yes, THREE MILLION more people voted for Obama than you. We just felt it was the right thing to do economically, socially, and for our faiths. Live with it. You and Paul Ryan can mea culpa your loss but the bottom line you’re both on the tit of the rich and wanted to screw the middle class into oblivion while wiping your feet on the poor. You lost because you and your party have turned into a crew of selfish, whining assclowns. In as bad an economic time as we have now, the fact you couldn’t beat Obama should tell you that you’ve failed as potential leaders and that most of us believe in a different America than you do. When we recite the Pledge of Alliegance, we actually believe the last line, “liberty and justice for all.”

    You don’t, Mr. Romney. You’ve made that very clear. Now live with the consequences and go cry in your pillow. Just leave the rest of us alone.

  24. e.c. says

    So just to be clear, the President articulated a policy platform that was seen be the greater number of voters as being beneficial to them and this is bad how exactly? Oh, right people were supposed to vote for what was in YOUR best interest and not their own. Jeeze.

  25. Taxpayer and patriot says

    He’s been an empathy-impaired, scheming scumbag since (at least) his wanting to undue same-sex marriage when it was legalized in Massachusetts, right through the present.

    The hubris, the entitlement — like (as just one example) not preparing a concession speech!

    Historians will not regard him well.

    But at least he did his part, along with his teammates, to clarify and advance Americans’ values about LGBT and women’s rights, if unintentionally.

    In the meantime, I wonder: If I save up enough gifts from the government, could I some day buy a car elevator?

    I also (still) wonder: What’s in the tax returns he didn’t share?

  26. KC says

    And Romney promised generous gifts (massive tax breaks) to his own special interest group – rich white males.

    Boo hoo.

  27. UFFDA says

    Good friggin God these comments are one knockout blow after another. This whole comment thread should be copied and sent to the New York Times, it’s an editorial of in and of itself – acurate, incisive, well argued and scalding. Uffda indeed.

  28. ratbastard says


    BOTH political parties are heavily lobbied and receive substantial campaign contributions from individual, business, institutional, and ideological interests; and in return, both parties give these special interests ‘Gifts and Initiatives’.

    Yes, the Dems and Obama threw some red meat the way of demographics he was trying to reach. It certainly didn’t hurt his campaign. But in fairness it’s relative chump change [except for ObamaCare which is a HUGE gift to the heathcare industry and big business who no longer need to subsidize so many employee premiums; heathcare premiums for the average person are going to end up increasing] compared to the ‘Gifts and Initiatives’ big business from the financial services industry, big agriculture, the healthcare industry, etc.,receive and will receive.

    Mr. Romney is being disingenuous. But in fairness, both main political parties are disingenuous when they claim they’re for ‘The People’, when they’re demonstrably owned by big, powerful special interest groups. The Democrats just throw a few more goodies the way of ‘poor’ folks and a few other demographics.

  29. gregory brown says

    Mittsy is pathetic. He should just shut up, go home, and await his deification on some planet far away.

  30. says

    I note that the handful of Romney supporters who used to blather on and on (including “?” and ratbastard) have disappeared from this site. Poor fellows.

  31. phil says

    @Taxpayer – agree that history will not judge this man well. Such poor character, and a bitter, sore loser. A wise man would have disappeared from sight for a long time.

  32. AJ says

    I can’t believe they or anybody is so stunned and shell-shocked that they lost. As much as the media hopped up and down about how neck and neck the race was, there was not one single poll I saw that ever showed Rmoney ahead. There was one very briefly that showed them tied, but then the 47% thing happened.

    And as for what did it? Sigh… He is a CEO through and through. The American people do not LIKE CEOs with golden parachutes and untold millions tucked away in offshore accounts. They are the problem, not the solution.

  33. Goodcarver says

    I’m still waiting for my special gift from
    president Obama. Maybe I’ve gotten it…..The ability to live in my country without the ugly dictatorship of Mitt Romney and republican goons.

  34. Jim in MA says

    Don’t forget Mitt is also a bishop and representative of the LDS aside from being a republican. Not only does he give republicans a bad name but he transfers that negativity on to his cult. Let’s hope that he is given a bishopric some where in Utah where he can count his money and be forgotten. Some of us in Mass can’t wait for him to leave Belmont. Belmont is where the John Birch Society was founded by the Koch bros’ father many years ago. Mitt has been sucking on the Koch bros for years.

  35. Diogenes Arktos says

    From the NYT article: “‘In each case, they were very generous in what they gave to those groups,’ Mr. Romney said, contrasting Mr. Obama’s strategy to his own of ‘talking about big issues for the whole country: military strategy, foreign policy, a strong economy, creating jobs and so forth.'”

    What campaign is he talking about?

  36. David in Alberta says

    Bitter, old, white guy. Maybe it was because people didn’t like him, did he think of that?

  37. ratbastard says

    @Dave in Alberta,

    Troll much? ‘Bitter, old, white guy’? Any relation to angry black woman?

  38. James says

    Yeah, you just keep telling yourself that Mitt. Comfort yourself with excuses for your failed campaign. Go right ahead. You’ll be forgotten soon enough.

  39. Jerry6 says

    It looks like the Mormon Magic Underwear failed him this time. Maybe Romney should change to Jockey very-brief Briefs. You know; Something more Main Stream.

  40. DC Arnold says

    Millard is the embodiment of what the 1% think of us regular folks, as the repugs found out, outside is where they will remain until they come to us regular folks with apologies and sound ideas.

  41. Jerry6 says

    It has been said – “God works in mysterious ways.” It has been said – “God knows what evil lies in the hearts of Men”. I suspect the man with the magic underwear forgot some things about his God.

  42. mmike1969 says

    Perhaps Mittens has a point… OR maybe Mittens and his stupid policies sucked and the Real Patriotic Voters did not want this imbecile in office?

  43. irwin says

    his comments were all true.

    even the fact that they worked in ‘wooing’ voters with the entitlement mentality; that is truth, whether you accept it or not.