Mitt Romney, the defeated GOP candidate for president, on Wednesday ascribed his loss to "gifts" President Obama had showered on certain constituencies, including younger voters and minorities. "With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest, was a big gift," he said on a conference call with his national finance committee. "Free contraceptives were very big with young college-aged women." He went on to say that Obama's health care reform was a "huge" gift for Latinos and blacks. "You can imagine for somebody making $25,000 or $30,000 or $35,000 a year, being told you’re now going to get free health care, particularly if you don’t have it, getting free health care worth, what, $10,000 per family, in perpetuity, I mean, this is huge," he said. He added that Obama had won support from Latinos by pushing for "amnesty for children of illegals." Romney's remarks come as the GOP continues its soul-searching quest to find out why the party is so unpopular with younger voters, minorities, and women.
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