Pawlenty says Romney's 'gifts' comment unwarranted, as Americans voted for Obama's leadership qualities
Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty has disputed Mitt Romney's controversial remarks claiming that President Barack Obama won reelection by handing out "gifts" to his core constituencies, saying that American voters do not have the mentality of, "I'm going to vote because of gifts."
"I think President Obama, first of all, just tactically did a better job getting out the vote in his campaign. But No. 2, he, at least at the margins, was better able to connect with people in this campaign," Pawlenty said in an interview with C-SPAN's 'Newsmakers' program.
"But I don't think it's a matter of people looking at the election and saying, 'I'm going to vote because of gifts,'" he said.
"I think they looked at it and said which one of these candidates would they prefer because of leadership considerations and also can understand their needs the best," he added.
According to Politico, pressed on whether this meant he disagreed with Romney's remarks, Pawlenty responded: "You know, I don't think it's as simple as saying the president gave out gifts. I just don't think it's that simple. There's a lot more to it than that."
Pawlenty also noted that the 2012 election should serve as a "wake-up call" for the Republican Party, and the GOP must find a way to better appeal to female, blue-collar and Latino and Hispanic voters, the report said.