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Letters | Romney’s ‘gifts’ comment

Candidate faltered in his scorn for people’s needs

Perhaps it is fitting that Mitt Romney’s campaign started to falter with the revelation of his incredibly insensitive remarks about the 47 percent of Americans, and his remarks about why he lost the election show the same scorn for those needs. According to Romney, blacks, Hispanics, the young, and — the right’s perennial favorite target — women (especially the young ones) voted for President Obama because they were given “gifts.”

Two of Romney’s examples were particularly appalling: that a working family making a near-poverty $30,000 would get health benefits under Obama’s health care plan (much like Romney’s plan in Massachusetts), and that young women get “free” contraceptives.

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