The Republican Party is going through a transitional period right now, and the last thing they need is Mitt Romney screwing things up.
Days after the former presidential hopeful told a group of donors that President Obama won the election by being “generous” to Black and Latino voters, a handful of prominent GOP leaders are crying foul.
“I don’t think it’s helpful,” Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad told POLITICO of Romney’s antics. “I guess my feeling is that we need to turn the page, and we need to focus on the future and not make excuses for the past.”
Branstad’s words were in line with that of Romney backer, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) who distanced himself from the Michigan native’s claims. Rubio was not fond of Romney’s rant, feeling that Republicans should be working to free people of the need for governmental assistance, rather than worrying about the lost election. “I don’t want to rebut him point by point,” he said. “I would just say to you, I don’t believe that we have millions and millions of people in this country that don’t want to to work. I’m not saying that’s what [Romney] said. I think we have millions of people in this country that are out of work and are dependent on government because they can’t find a job.”
Members of the GOP also used Twitter to slam Romney. GOP strategist Ann Navaro called for the former governor to “take responsibility for being [a] flawed candidate, with [a] delusional campaign with no vision.” She also said that Latinos are not looking for “gifts,” but “opportunity.”
Romney has yet to clarify his words.
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