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November 19, 2012 | By David Horsey
In a postmortem of his campaign, Mitt Romney blamed his loss on President Obama's "gifts" to key voting groups, thereby demonstrating, one last time, how he does not understand the country he hoped to lead. Meanwhile, Paul Ryan's poor showing in his own hometown indicates how out of touch he is with the community he claimed to know so well.  Maybe that lack of perception is one reason why these two aspirants for the highest offices in the land fell short of their goal. As many pundits have noted, Romney's characterization of government programs as gifts was an echo of his earlier disparaging remarks about the 47% of Americans who pay no income taxes.
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NEWS
November 19, 2012 | By James Rainey
A final surge of positive media coverage propelled President Obama in the last two weeks of the presidential race, while coverage of challenger Mitt Romney remained negative but also tapered off in volume - probably because news outlets shifted their attention to Superstorm Sandy, according to a new study . The Washington-based Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism found that “positive stories about Obama (29%)...
NEWS
November 18, 2012 | By Morgan Little
Carlos Gutierrez, who led Mitt Romney's outreach to Latinos during the presidential campaign, had harsh words for the former nominee Sunday as he joined the growing number of conservative voices calling for immigration reform. Appearing on CNN's “State of the Union,” Gutierrez said he was “shocked” to hear about Romney's recent call to campaign donors in which he credited President Obama's “gifts” to various groups , including the Latino community, for his loss in the election.
NEWS
November 18, 2012 | By Morgan Little
Mitt Romney, who just two weeks ago was the Republican Party's standard-bearer, seen by many as the all-but-elected president of the United States, has turned into a punching bag for fellow Republicans looking to distance themselves from his controversial “gifts” remark. “What the president's campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition, give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government, and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote,” Romney said during a call with campaign donors Wednesday . Whether it's an instance of politicians smelling blood in the water as the party, following Romney's defeat, finds itself without a figurehead, or genuine outrage, a number of Republicans have eagerly castigated their former nominee.
OPINION
November 17, 2012
Re “ Romney blames loss on Obama 'gifts,' ” Nov. 15 Will somebody please let Mitt Romney know that the election is over and he lost? He had many, many months to present his vision for the future, and America (which he might not realize includes women, minorities and young people) rejected it. He should have let his eloquent concession speech serve as his final words. Instead, he spewed a fictitious, bigoted and condescending view of why he lost: It wasn't because he was poised to roll back women's healthcare rights, give tax breaks to the rich or dismiss 47% of the country as takers; it was because young people, minorities and the working class were bribed with gifts and blindly made their decision based on free stuff.
NATIONAL
November 16, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
LAS VEGAS - A week's worth of soul-searching among Republicans has yielded no shortage of explanations for the party's failure to win the White House. They point to the Obama campaign's early and aggressive effort to disparage Mitt Romney. They admit Democrats had a superior voter-turnout operation. Some point to Superstorm Sandy, saying it robbed Romney of momentum. What they won't say is that President Obama won a mandate for his vision, or that the GOP has veered too far right in its outlook.
NEWS
November 16, 2012 | By Sara Lessley
OK, Mitt Romney, you gave us your analysis of your failed presidential bid: “The Obama campaign was following the old playbook of giving a lot of stuff to groups that they hoped they could get to vote for them and be motivated to go out to the polls, specifically the African American community, the Hispanic community and young people.... In each case they were very generous in what they gave to each of those groups.” That summation earned you quite a few quips and one-liners from Times readers, who filled the letters to the editor inbox after the remarks to donors Wednesday.
NEWS
November 15, 2012 | By James Rainey
It's not just the politicians in Washington who seem to believe that compromise means the other guy has to back down first. While an overwhelming majority of Americans want President Obama and Republicans in Congress to work together to get things done, many of the party faithful on both sides don't want their elected leaders to work with the opposition. That's one of the findings of a post-election survey released Thursday by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.
NEWS
November 15, 2012 | By Paul Whitefield
Two Republican presidential candidates -- Mitt Romney, the actual nominee, and Ron Paul, the three-time wannabe -- delivered their versions of "the truth" Wednesday.   Both were frank. One was delusional. One was rational. I'll let you decide which was which. Romney -- speaking like a guy who thought he would win, who knew he should win, and who just blew a large fortune trying to win -- became the poster child for the term "sore loser": "The Obama campaign was following the old playbook of giving a lot of stuff to groups that they hoped they could get to vote for them and be motivated to go out to the polls, specifically the African American community, the Hispanic community and young people," Romney told hundreds of donors during a telephone town hall Wednesday.
NEWS
November 15, 2012 | By James Rainey
Mitt Romney said on a conference call with donors Wednesday that he lost last week's election to President Obama because the incumbent gave “a lot of stuff” to African Americans, Latinos and young people. At 12:30 p.m. PST today, Los Angeles Times political reporter Maeve Reston will talk about how she was able to capture thoughts Romney seemed to presume would be just between him and several hundred donors on a special post-election phone call. Reston will join me, Politics Now host Jim Rainey, to talk about the “gifts” Romney said the president gave away and how that comports with the reality of Obama's first term.
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