On Wednesday, President Barack Obama dished out a little praise to his former rival, only to get a slew of accusations from Romney.
“The president’s campaign focused on giving targeted groups a big gift, so he made a big effort on small things,” the (former) governor told his supporters during a conference call. “Those small things, by the way, add up to trillions of dollars.”
Further, Romney says Obama was “very generous” to black, Hispanics and young voters. He also apologized over the call for being… er uh… losing the election.
Romney claimed Obama had been “very generous” to blacks, Hispanics and younger voters, according to the Times, insisting that the policy decisions had been a decisive factor in high turnout that tipped the scale against him.
“I am very sorry that we didn’t win. I know that you expected to win,” Romney reportedly said. “We expected to win…. It was very close, but close doesn’t count in this business.”
Several participants on the call confirmed to ABC News the account and quotes presented by the L.A. Times.
Senior Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod responded to the “gifts” remark by accusing Romney of “still looking at America through that 47 percent prism.”
“Mitt tells donors the takers did him in,” Axelrod wrote on Twitter, referencing Romney’s remarks earlier this year disparaging 47 percent of Americans as self-perceived “victims” and government dependents.
Read/learn more at LA Times’ Politics Now.