Friday, November 16, 2012

Republicans Run from Romney’s “Gifts” Comments

It's the 47 percent all over again. After Mitt Romney blamed President Obama's "gifts" to minorities for his loss in a post-election conference call this week, Republican leaders are rushing to distance themselves from these slanderous and divisive remarks.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal was the first to speak out against Romney's comments, saying in a conference call of his own that they were “absolutely wrong.”

Jindal later repeated his assertions on CNN.
"This is not where the Republican party needs to go. Look, If you want voters to like you, the first thing you’ve got to do is to like them first. And it’s certainly not helpful to tell voters that you think their votes were bought."

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker used some verbal gymnastics to disagree with Romney, saying that the GOP isn’t "just for people who are currently not dependent on the government."

When confronted by Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC about Romney’s “gifts” comments, New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte said she “doesn’t know the full context” of them, but at the same time “doesn’t agree” with them.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio hedged even more, praising Romney “as a person” and a candidate while also admitting he doesn’t agree with his sentiments in this case. Rubio told POLITICO that "our mission should not be to deny government benefits to people who need them."
New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez chalked up Romney's comments to a larger problem with the GOP saying, "that unfortunately is what sets us back as a party -- our comments that are not thought through carefully."
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, no big friend to Mitt Romney these days, only needed light pressure from the Morning Joe panel to denounce the comments.
"You can't expect to be a leader of all the people and be divisive. You have to talk about themes, policies that unite people, and play to their aspirations and their goals and their hopes for their family and their neighbors."
Perhaps the most outspoken Republican on this issue thus far has been former RNC Chairman Michael Steele, who called Romney’s statement “an odd, silly, stupid thing to say” on MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown. Steele’s advice to the Republican party?

"Get your head out of your you-know-what, get into the real world. Understand that America has changed, change with it. You don’t have to change your values, but adapt them to the realities."

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