LAS VEGAS – A leading Republican governor sharply rebuked Mitt Romney for his view that President Obama owed his reelection to “gifts” his administration gave to various demographic groups, saying the sentiment was not representative of what the Republican Party believes.
At a post-election gathering of the Republican Governors Assn., Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Romney’s comments just hours earlier in a conference call with top donors were “absolutely wrong.”
“We have got to stop dividing the American voters,” Jindal, the RGA’s incoming chairman, told reporters here. “If we’re going to continue to be a competitive party and win elections on the national stage, and continue to fight for our conservative principles, we need two messages to get out loudly and clearly. One, we are fighting for 100% of the votes. And second, our policies benefit every American who wants to pursue the American dream, period.”
Jindal, a possible presidential candidate in 2016, supported Texas Gov. Rick Perry during the 2012 GOP primaries, but campaigned on Romney’s behalf when he secured the nomination.