Skip to Content

Newt Gingrich is weighing in on Mitt Romney’s controversial comment that President Barack Obama won reelection by promising "gifts" to young and minority voters.

The former U.S. House Speaker, who battled Romney for the Republican nomination this year, pointedly criticized that assertion on two different grounds.

Newt Gingrich Slams Romney 'Gifts' Comment

Said Gingrich on PBS:

“I’m very disappointed with Governor Romney’s analysis, which I believe is insulting and profoundly wrong. First of all, we didn’t lose Asian-Americans because they got any gifts."


"He did worse with Asian-Americans than he did with Latinos. This is the hardest-working and most successful ethnic group in America. They ain’t into gifts."

"Second, it’s an insult to all Americans. It reduces us to economic entities. You have no passion, no idealism, no dreams, no philosophy."

"If it had been that simple, my question would be, why didn’t you outbid him?"

“He had enough billionaire supporters, if buying the electorate was the key, he could have got all his Super PAC friends together and said, don’t buy ads, give gifts."

"Be like the northwest Indians who have gift-giving ceremonies. We could have gone town-by-town and said, ‘Come here, let me give you gifts.’"

"’Here are Republican gifts.’ An elephant coming in with gifts on it.”

Mitt Romney? Owned.