Just like his infamous “47 percent” remarks, former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been under fire for telling his top donors on Wednesday that President Barack Obama won the election because of his “gifts” to minorities, women and young people.
On Thursday, ABC received leaked audio of Romney’s comments. In addition to talking about Obama’s “gifts,” Romney also told donors that former President Bill Clinton called him and told him he thought he was going to win before Hurricane Sandy hit and gave Obama a boost.
Business Insider provides transcripts for the clips:
“It’s a proven political strategy, which is give a bunch of money to a group and, guess what, they’ll vote for you. What I would do if I were a Democrat running four years from now — I’d say dental care ought to be included in Obamacare.”
“What the president did is he gave them two things. One, he gave them a big gift on immigration with the DREAM Act amnesty program, which was obviously very very popular with Hispanic voters, and then number two was Obamacare … For a home earning — let’s say $30,000 a year — free health care, which is worth about $10,000 a year, I mean it’s massive, it’s huge. So this — he did two very popular things for the Hispanic community.”
“I spoke with President Clinton the day before yesterday. He called and spent 30 minutes chatting with me. He said, ‘A week out, I thought you were going to win.’ And he said, ‘But the hurricane happened, and it gave the president a chance to be presidential, and to look bipartisan. And you know, he got a little more momentum.’ And of course he also said that when he was watching Ann speak at the Republican convention, he decided he was tempted to join the Republican Party. So he may have just been effusive with generous comments as he chatted. He was very complimentary, by the way, of how well we did with middle-class voters, and he said they were surprised by how strong we were in Ohio and in other states with middle-class voters, they did exceptionally well with minorities, but white, middle-class voters, we really cleaned up with and that caught them by surprise.”
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal called Romney’s remarks “absolutely wrong” and said “we have got to stop dividing American voters.”