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November 15, 2012

White House takes aim at Romney's post-election "gift" comments

Mitt Romney's remarks to donors that President Obama won the election because he provided "gifts" to his supporters is rankling Republicans -- and the White House.

Several Republicans -- including those with 2016 aspirations -- have sought to distance themselves from Romney's remarks.

"If you want voters to like you,' tweeted Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal,"You've got to like them first. It's certainly not helpful to tell them you think their votes were bought."

Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters that "that view of the American people, of the electorate and of the election is at odds with the truth of what happened last week."

The Los Angeles Times, which reported the call, noted that Obama "won several key states without ... minority populations. And he did so in part by asserting that it was Romney who was planning to disburse gifts — by virtue of a budget plan that included tax breaks heavily skewed toward the wealthy."


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