Former adviser: Romney lost because of the far right of this party

By Eric W. Dolan
Sunday, November 18, 2012 12:46 EDT
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Former Bush Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez said Sunday that he was shocked by Mitt Romney’s recent comments about President Barack Obama giving “gifts” to win re-election.

“I was shocked,” the former Romney adviser told CNN’s Candy Crowley. “And frankly I don’t think that’s why Republicans lost the election. I think we lost the election because the far right of this party has taken the party to a place that it doesn’t belong.”

Earlier this week, Romney said that Obama was re-elected because of “gifts” he gave to young voters, minority groups and women, such as deferred deportations and greater access to contraception.

“We are the party of prosperity, of growth, of tolerance,” Gutierrez continued. “These immigrants who come across — and what they do wrong is they risk their lives and they come here and they work because they want to be part of the American dream — that is what the GOP is.”

He added that he was unsure whether Romney realized he had insulted Hispanic voters with his language and attitude during the campaign.

Last week, Gutierrez said Romney’s policies had scared “the heck out of” Hispanic voters.

Watch video, courtesy of CNN, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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