Mitt Romney accused President Barack Obama and his administration of failing low-income and minority Americans at a rally in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on Thursday, alongside South Dakota Senate candidate Mike Rounds, who appears to be coasting toward a victory in next week's midterm election.
"He hasn’t helped the poor, hasn’t helped the minorities,” Romney said of Obama, noting the record level of poverty and food stamp enrollments in the aftermath of the 2008 recession.
If Obama really failed to help the nation's poor and minorities, it's not for lack of trying. Romney even admitted so just a few days after the 2012 election, when he attributed his loss in part to what he called “gifts” that Obama had promised to young, minority and low-income voters.
“With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest, was a big gift,” he said on a conference call with top donors. “Free contraceptives were very big with young college-aged women. And then, finally, Obamacare also made a difference for them, because as you know, anybody now 26 years of age and younger was now going to be part of their parents' plan, and that was a big gift to young people. They turned out in large numbers, a larger share in this election even than in 2008.”
At Thursday's rally, the former Massachusetts governor focused on criticizing Obama's policies, which he said were on the ballot.
He decried Obama's "less-than-competent management of the United States government" and accused him of "hesitancy and weakness abroad," another favorite refrain of his from the 2012 election.