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November 15th, 2012
08:57 AM ET

Rep. Van Hollen: Romney 'gifts' comment 'another mistake'

President Obama and House Speaker Boehner both reiterated their positions on how to avoid the fiscal cliff yesterday, with the president demanding $1.6 trillion in new taxes on corporations and the wealthy, and Boehner insisting that the government can raise revenue without increasing taxes.

Maryland Democrat Rep. Chris Van Hollen discusses the negotiations on Starting Point this morning, saying that Speaker Boehner has been "willing to compromise, but he hasn't been willing to show anyone how."

Van Hollen, who was heavily involved in Obama's reelection campaign, also responds to the controversy Mitt Romney caused yesterday by saying that the president was reelected because he offered the members of his base coalition "extraordinary financial gifts from the government" to turn them out to vote.

"Governor Romney's comments were way off base," Van Hollen says. "To go after the president's vote on the basis that we protected more young people from catastrophic health care costs... I think is going to strike the American people as very off kilter and clearly some of the Republican governors and others recognize that it's another Romney mistake."

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  1. Tim1310 was said outloud! Romney nailed it and Republicans shouldn't be afraid to talk about it. Years ago money and cigarettes were quietly used to buy votes. Today, it is done much grander and transparent scale. For example, after deporting more illegal immigrants than any other past president, Democrat or Republican, Obama issues an executive order (just in time for the '12 election) which basically promises amnesty to all illegals up to age 36. Forget the fact that he controled the House & Senate for two years and did nothing to "fix" immigration. Hispanics in particular, who have family members or friends living here illegally voted for Obama so that they all become "legal".

    One group gets free healthcare, food stamps and other government (taxpayer) perks. Another group gets their immigration status legalized. The Democrats were able to peel off just enough votes among white voters, particularily females (via the "war on women-abortion-birth control", etc). Don't forget young people. Obama is giving them college loan debt forgiveness and the opportunity to freeload off their parent's insurance until age 26.

    The Republicans are wringing their hands trying to figure out what was wrong with Romney as a candidate. There wasn't really anything "wrong" with him as a candidate. Like all candidates, he said some stupid stuff. So did Obama for that fact. For Romney, a terrible economy which he was ideally suited to deal with didn't outweigh all the free stuff ("Gifts") being given away by Obama. The Democratic Party carefully split voters into groups and then proceeded to "give away enough stuff" to those groups in order to ensure they would vote. Until the Republicans do the same, they're going to keep loosing elections unless Democratic white voters, like myself, begin to shift in greater numbers towards the Republican candidate as minorities voters have already done towards Democratic candidates.

    Obama bought this election the good, old fashioned way. It needs to be discussed out in the open without Repbulicans like Jindal and Van Hollen making trying to act like it didn't happen.

    November 15, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse | Reply

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