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Thu November 15, 2012
Romney Blames Loss on "Gifts"
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is telling top donors that President Barack Obama won re-election because of the "gifts" he had already provided to blacks, Hispanics and young voters.
Romney also cites as a reason for his loss the president's effort to paint Romney as anti-immigrant.
In a call Wednesday to those donors, Romney said Obama's campaign focused on giving targeted groups what he called "a big gift" while his campaign had been about, in his words, "big issues for the whole country."
Romney says his loss to Obama is a disappointing result that he and his team didn't expect, but he says he believes his team ran a superb campaign. In the call, he didn't acknowledge any major missteps. Obama won by about 3.5 million votes, or 3 percent.
President Barack Obama says he hasn't yet scheduled a meeting with Republican Mitt Romney.
At a news conference Wednesday, Obama said he hopes to have the chance to talk with Romney before the end of the year.
Obama said the election was only a week ago, and that everybody needs to catch their breath.
He said he thinks Romney did a terrific job with the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. Obama said he's not pre-judging how the former Massachusetts governor may be interested in helping the country, nor does he have a specific assignment — but Obama said he does want to talk about some of Romney's ideas.
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