8:06pm November 18, 2012

Graham, Gingrich Hit Romney on Gifts: “Nuts,” “You’re in a Hole, Stop Digging”


Republican pushback against former presidential candidate Mitt Romney continued today.  This time that pushback arrived in the form of a hard shove by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

As he answered a question on Romney’s latest statement to donors regarding why he lost, the Republican Senator said, “We’re in a big hole. We’re not getting out of it by comments like that. When you’re in a hole, stop digging. He [Romney] keeps digging.”  Graham made the comments on Meet the Press.

“We’re in a death spiral with Hispanic voters because of rhetoric around immigration,” Graham added as he referred to the GOP’s dismal performance with Hispanic voters. “Candidate Romney, in the primary, dug the hole deeper,” Graham concluded.

Meanwhile over on This Week, former Republican candidate Newt Gingrich called Romney’s characterization of why President Obama won “nuts.”  Conservative commentator George Will also joined in to criticize Romney.

This week was full of negative energy hurled in the direction of Romney after ABC News reported that he had told donors that President Obama won because of “gifts” he delivered to constituents.

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is an opinion journalist, comms expert and political analyst focused on justice reform policy. She created Crewof42.com, a blog that covers the work of Black members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke was a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears regularly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin, Hardball and Up on MSNBC, WVON in Chicago, WURD in Philadelphia and WOL and WHUR in Washington, D.C. She is currently the Managing Editor of Politic365 and a contributing writer for TheRoot and NBC Black where she writes opinion and analysis. Additionally, Ms. Burke has been a contract photographer for Associated Press since 2004. She has authored three books of photography including two on President Obama's 2008 campaign for the presidency and one with Marvel Comics publisher Stan Lee. Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. Here e-mail is: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @LVBurke. Instagram: LVB325.



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