Republican Lindsey Graham, Senator from South Carolina, has taken a sharp aim at Mitt Romney's claim that he lost the presidential election because of 'gifts' that Democrats gave to women and minority voters.
"We're in a big hole," Graham said, adding: "We're not getting out of it by comments like that. When you're in a hole, stop digging. He keeps digging."
Graham argued that President Barack Obama won more than 70 percent of the Latino vote because he was the "lesser of two evils."
He pointed to Romney's comments on immigration and so-called "self-deportation" as particularly 'toxic' to the Republican Party, Politico reports.
"We're in a death spiral with Hispanic voters because of rhetoric around immigration," Graham, who has restarted talks on comprehensive immigration reform with Senator Chuck Schumer, said.
"Candidate Romney, in the primary, dug the hole deeper," he said.
"Rhetoric like this keeps digging a hole for the Republican Party," Graham said, adding: "And if we don't stop digging, we're never going to get out of it." (ANI)