The now former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is again under scrutiny for a leaked recording discussing President Obama’s supporters. In a conference call with donors, Romney blamed his loss on Obama’s "gifts" to various groups, including African Americans and Hispanics.
Romney went on to include young people and college students in his list, saying: "Forgiveness of college loan interest was a big gift. Free contraceptives were very big with young college-aged women. And then, finally, 'Obamacare' also made a difference for them because, as you know, anybody now 26 years of age and younger was now going to be part of their parents’ plan, and that was a big gift to young people." Romney’s comments come days after his running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, chalked up Obama’s victory to the president’s strength in "urban areas." But some top Republicans are already distancing themselves from Romney’s remarks. Speaking to reporters Wednesday night, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal called Romney’s statements "absolutely wrong," adding, "We have got to stop dividing American voters."