By The Raleigh Telegram
RALEIGH – On the ABC network’s Sunday morning political talk show “This Week,” former Republican House speaker Newt Gingrich said in a roundtable discussion that Mitt Romney’s statements after losing the Presidential election were “nuts.”
In a phone call to donors, Romney said after losing the election to President Barack Obama that Obama won because he made political “gifts” to certain minorities, who Romney said voted for Obama and provided him with the win.
“What the…President’s campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition, give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government, and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote,” said Romney in a comment made after the election.
On ABC’s “This Week,” the producers also aired a video clip with a comment by Republican Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who was critical of Romney’s statement.
“If you want voters to like you, the first thing you’ve got to do is to like them first,” said Jindal in the clip. “And it’s certainly not helpful to tell voters that you think their votes were bought. This is completely not helpful. This is not where the Republican Party needs to go.”
After the clips aired, Newt Gingrich and conservative political commentator George Will derided Romney’s comments in a discussion at the end of the show.
“I just think it’s nuts,” said Gingrich. “I mean — I mean, first of all, it’s insulting. This would be like Wal-Mart having a bad week and going, ‘The customers have really been unruly.’ I mean, the job of a political leader in part is to understand the people. If we can’t offer a better future that is believable to more people, we’re not going to win.”
George Will also criticized Romney for his comment.
“It’s been well said that you have a political problem when the voters don’t like you, but you’ve got a real problem when the voters think you don’t like them,” commented Will. “And that is — Mitt Romney was picking up the theme he improvidently put before the country and inadvertently with his 47 percent video during the campaign.”
Will added that while Romney was critical of people on low incomes who did not pay taxes, he said that some of those people were not paying taxes because of Republican programs.
“Quit despising the American people, particularly because a lot of what they’re despising them for are Republican policies,” said Will. “When Mitt Romney said, ‘So many Americans aren’t paying taxes,’ yeah, because the Republicans doubled the child tax credit for conservative reasons, yes, because they expanded the Earned Income Tax Credit, as Ronald Reagan did, because they thought it was an effective anti-poverty program.”
Gingrich stopped short on the show of saying that Romney is not credible as a leader of the Republican Party, but said that he felt there needed to be new leadership.
“I think the Republican Party has many leaders,” said Gingrich. “We have a whole new generation. Bobby Jindal is a good example, Susana Martinez. You’re going to see a whole wave of new people coming along, and that’s good for the Republican Party.” ::
Article Posted: Sunday, November 18th, 2012.
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