Romney: Obama's 'gifts' to key groups helped him win

Mitt Romney reacts as he is presented with cake from a member of the media who celebrated her...

Mitt Romney reacts as he is presented with cake from a member of the media who celebrated her birthday on the campaign plane on the way to Long Island, New York September 13, 2012. Romney lost the U.S. election November 6. REUTERS/Jim Young

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After losing the U.S. election last week, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney told campaign donors that he lost because President Barack Obama provided "gifts" to black, Hispanic and young voters.

"The president's campaign, if you will, focused on giving targeted groups a big gift," Romney said in a conference call with top donors, the Associated Press reported. The "gifts" were targeted at specific communities, "especially the African-American community, the Hispanic community and young people," Romney said. "He made a big effort on small things."

Romney said his bid focused on "big issues for the whole country."

Obama won the popular vote by more than three million votes and won the Electoral College, 332-206.

Last week, the news blog Political Wire uncovered a victory website Romney's team inadvertently launched for a few moments before Obama was declared the winner in the 2012 U.S. election.

"I'm excited about our prospects as a nation. My priority is putting people back to work in America," the home page declared in a quote next to a picture of a smiling Romney with an American flag in the background.


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