White House Rubs It In Over Romney’s "Gifts" Remark

“That view of the American people, of the electorate, and of the election is at odds with the truth of what happened last week.”

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WASHINGTON, DC — White House Press Secretary Jay Carney rejected Mitt Romney’s comments on a conference call with donors that President Barack Obama only won the election because of “gifts” to minority groups.

“That view of the American people of the electorate and of the election is at odds with the truth of what happened last week,” Carney told reporters on Air Force One, according to the pool report, joining the bipartisan chorus repudiating the remark.

“No, I think that’s absolutely wrong,” Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Wednesday at a meeting of the Republican Governors Association. “Two points on that: One, we have got to stop dividing the American voters. We need to go after 100% of the votes, not 53%. We need to go after every single vote.”

More from Carney:

As we talked about a lot and the president talked about a lot, making it easier for Americans to go to college – that’s good for America. It’s good for all Americans. It’s good for the economy. Making health care available to young people who can stay on their parents’ plans. That’s good for those families it’s good for those young people so they aren’t bankrupted in their 20s by an illness. And it’s good for the economy and it’s good for all of us.

The president pursues policies that have at their core a desire to build the middle class, strengthen the middle class, make the middle class more secure, because that’s what makes America more secure. So it’s just not the view we take about the decision the American people made last week.”

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