Romney attacked for Obama ‘gifts’ gaffe

Nick Chiles | 11/20/2012, 5:07 a.m.

“We’ve got to stop dividing American voters [and] go after every single vote,” Jindal said.  “Show that our policies affect every voter out there.”

Jindal also said though the party needs to modernize, he emphasized that it can reach an increasingly diverse electorate without becoming “a second Democratic party.” He said he believes the U.S. is still a center-right nation.

Jindal also told Politico on Monday that the GOP needs to “stop being the stupid party.”

During the telephone conversation, Romney explained that young voters were motivated by the administration’s plan for partial forgiveness of college loan interest, the extension of health coverage for students up to age 26 on their parents’ insurance plans and free contraception coverage under Obama’s healthcare plan.

Romney further suggested that the free contraception coverage explained in part the greater numbers of college-age women in Obama’s coalition.

The extended insurance coverage, in particular, was “a big gift to young people,” he said, noting that they turned out as a “larger share in this election even than in 2008.”

Romney said Obama healthcare plan’s promise of coverage “in perpetuity” was behind the intensity of support for the president among African American voters making $25,000 to $35,000, as well as Hispanic voters.

“With regards to African American voters, ‘Obamacare’ was a huge plus — and was highly motivational to African American voters,” he said. “You can imagine for somebody making $25 — , or $30 — , or $35,000 a year, being told you’re now going to get free healthcare — particularly if you don’t have it, getting free healthcare worth, what, $10,000 a family, in perpetuity, I mean this is huge. Likewise with Hispanic voters, free healthcare was a big plus.”

“With regards to Hispanic voters, the amnesty for the children of illegals — the so-called Dream Act kids — was a huge plus for that voting group,” he said. “On the negative side, of course, they always characterized us as being anti-immigrant, being tough on illegal immigration, and so forth, so that was very effective with that group.”

This article first appeared on BlackPoliticsontheWeb.com.