Jindal: Mitt's just wrong

He is "dividing American voters," the Louisiana governor said of Romney's "gifts" remark

Published November 15, 2012 1:00PM (EST)

Bobby Jindal denounced Mitt Romney's comments on Obama's "gifts" to minority voters, telling reporters that "I absolutely reject that notion, that description."

“That is absolutely wrong,” Jindal said at the Republican Governors Association meeting in Las Vegas. “Two points on that. One, we have got to stop dividing American voters. We need to go after 100 percent of the votes, not 53 percent — we need to go after every single vote. And second, we need to continue to show that our policies help every voter out there achieve the American dream, which is to be in the middle class, which is to be able to give their children the opportunity to get a great education, which is for their children to have even better-paying jobs than their parents.”

Multiple reports on Wednesday quoted Mitt Romney as telling donors that Obama won the election because of "big gifts" to voters, like “amnesty” to the children of illegal immigrants and free contraception, particularly to secure “the African-American community, the Hispanic community and young people.”

“The President’s campaign focused on giving targeted groups a big gift — so he made a big effort on small things,” Romney said. “Those small things, by the way, add up to trillions of dollars.”

By Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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