No, Mitt, Even a Lot of White Voters Didn't Like You

By Roland S. Martin

November 16, 2012 7 min read

If you took a moment to drop by the Mitt Romney campaign office, the sheer number of white people working to get him elected would shock you. Just about the only color you would have seen were the red and white in the Romney-Ryan posters.

If you met with Romney's senior campaign team — the decision makers — you would have thought that even major American corporations have more a diverse board of directors than these guys.

At a Romney campaign event, my Twitter followers would play the "do-you-know-that-one-black-person-who-is-always-standing-behind-Mitt-with-a-sign" game. Seriously. Seeing someone black, Hispanic or Asian at a Romney campaign rally was always a sight to behold.

So why in the world is Mitt Romney now largely blaming minorities for the butt kicking administered to him by President Barack Obama?

In a conference call with donors, Romney attributed his loss to Obama playing Santa Claus by showering minorities and young voters with "gifts."

For Romney, he concluded those gifts were healthcare and student loans and those things Americans clearly don't need.

"The Obama campaign was following the old playbook of giving a lot of stuff to groups that they hoped they could get to vote for them and be motivated to go out to the polls, specifically the African American community, the Hispanic community and young people," Romney said during a telephone town hall. "In each case they were very generous in what they gave to those groups."

Hey black people; Mitt reveals what you got for your vote!

"With regards to African American voters, 'Obamacare' was a huge plus — and was highly motivational to African American voters. 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."

Hey Hispanic people, what did Obama have for you behind door number two?!

"The amnesty for the children of illegals — the so-called Dream Act kids — was a huge plus for that voting group. 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."

Wow, thanks Daddy Mitt for breaking that down for us.

Now it's time for a dose of reality from the black guy to the white guy, Mitt Romney.

Mitt, last I checked, the Affordable Care Act is for ALL Americans. The white ones too. Your effort to portray the healthcare law as nothing more than a freebie to the Blacks is a joke.

The Dream Act for kids could largely be seen as helping Latinos, but there are some white folks and people of African descent mixed into the pot that makes up those in the country illegally, so you're again off base.

But Mitt, you need to check your facts and realize that there were a lot of white people who really didn't like you.

According to exit polls, 72 percent of all U.S. voters were white. That's a super majority.

Mitt, you got 59 percent of those voters. That's a big number, but you have to appeal to more than just white voters to win. When you give one speech to the NAACP and only one interview with a black media outlet, Black Enterprise, son, that's not gonna cut it.

But the most hilarious thing to see is how many of the whitest states in America voted for the black guy over the white guy.

See, if you accept Romney's theory that minorities were a prime reason he lost, then he should have cleaned up in the Electoral College in those really, really, really white states.

Let's take a look ...

—Maine: 95 percent white Obama.

—Vermont: 95 percent white. Obama.

—New Hampshire: 95 percent white. Obama.

— Idaho: 94 percent white. Romney.

— West Virginia: 94 percent white. Romney.

— Iowa: 94 percent white. Obama.

— Wyoming: 94 percent white. Romney.

— Utah: 93 percent white. Romney.

— North Dakota: 91 percent white. Romney.

— Nebraska: 91 percent white. Romney

By the way, 79 percent of the voters in Ohio were white, a state where Obama beat Romney to clinch the election.

That means of out of 11 really, really, really white states, Obama won five of them and Romney won six. So Mitt, if it's just about those minorities, what happened?

This is why Mitt Romney shouldn't have been president. He can't accept reality, and his judgment on his loss is more than suspect.

Even Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a fellow Republican, had to smack Romney for his ignorant comments: "I absolutely reject that notion. I think that's absolutely wrong."

Bottom line, Mitt, the black guy beat you because he offered a more inclusive message to a cross-section of people than you. You wanted to protect the richest of the rich in this country, and President Obama saw that providing a pathway to college to wider number of Americans, as well as confronting the health crisis we have, was vitally important.

Mitt, your message was arrogant and dismissive. The 47 percent comment you spoke of in that Florida fundraiser, of which you later said was wrong, clearly has rung true. You actually believed what you said. You think that minorities and young people are a bunch of victims who just want free stuff, or as you call them, gifts.

Well, Mitt, America should be thankful minorities and young people rejected your nonsense. We need a president who offered a vision for a more inclusive America, not one who sees healthcare, college loans and an initiative to deal with immigration reform as "gifts."

Roland S. Martin is an award-winning CNN analyst and author of the book "The First: President Barack Obama's Road to the White House as Originally Reported by Roland S. Martin." Please visit his website at To find out more about Roland S. Martin and read his past columns, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at

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