Bobby Jindal rebuts Romney's 'gifts' explanation for Obama victory as 'absolutely wrong'

Last Updated: Thu, Nov 15, 2012 06:07 hrs

Washington: Indian-origin Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has rejected Mitt Romney's claim that President Barack Obama won re-election to the White House because of giving 'gifts' to minorities and young voters, calling the statement 'wrong'.

"That is absolutely wrong," Jindal said at Wednesday's session of the annual Republican Governors Association meeting in Las Vegas, adding: "I absolutely reject that notion".

"I don't think that represents where we are as a party and where we're going as a party," Jindal continued.

"That has got to be one of the most fundamental takeaways from this election: 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 percent of the votes, and secondly, our policies benefit every American who wants to pursue the American dream. Period. No exceptions," the Huffington Post quoted Jindal, as saying.

According to the report, the New York Times reported on Wednesday about Romney's comments, which he made during a conference call with his presidential campaign's national finance committee.

"With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest, was a big gift," Romney had said.

"Free contraceptives were very big with young college-aged women. And then, finally, Obamacare also made a difference for them, because as you know, anybody now 26 years of age and younger was now going to be part of their parents' plan, and that was a big gift to young people. They turned out in large numbers, a larger share in this election even than in 2008," he added.

Romney also said that "free health care" was a "big plus" for Hispanic and African-American voters, who overwhelmingly supported the president in last week's election, the report said. 

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