Sununu: Obama won due to government-dependent voters

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Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu speaks during the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in August.
Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu speaks during the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in August.
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John Sununu really doesn’t like that 47%.

The former New Hampshire governor and Mitt Romney surrogate is now claiming that President Obama won re-election due to voters who are dependent on government programs.

The Democrats “aggressively got out the base of their base, the base of their base that’s dependent, to a great extent, economically, on government policy and government programs,” Sununu said, according to the Concord Monitor.

Sununu was making remarks at a political forum in the Granite State.

“It was not because of message,” Dems won, Sununu added. “It was because of political organization, political unity, joining together across a broad spectrum of different views within the Democratic Party, and presenting a perception of what they were going to do in a way that was absolutely attractive to their base.”

The comments echoed Romney’s dismissive 47% remarks, in which the GOPer was heard in a video telling rich donors that nearly half of Americans who pay no federal income taxes think they are “victims” and that he won’t even bother trying to win them over.

Sununu, of course, is no stranger to controversial statements.

In October, he called President Obama “lazy” and “incompetent.” And he also said race motivated former Republican Secreatary of State Colin Powell to support President Obama for president.

Tune into Hardball at 5 and 7 p.m. EST. We’ll have more on why the GOP lost with Republican pollster David Winston and Judith Browne-Dianis of the Advancement Project.

Sununu: Obama won due to government-dependent voters

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