Sen.-elect Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Thursday said Mitt Romney's comments denigrating the "47 percent" contributed in large part to the GOP's failure to attract Hispanic voters.
"Do you want to know why Barack Obama won 71 percent of the Hispanic vote? "The tone on immigration contributed. But I think far more important was 47 percent," Cruz said to the American Principles Project, according to The Atlantic:
"I think Mitt Romney's a good man, a man of character, a man who ran a hard, disciplined campaign," he said. "But Republicans nationally, the story we conveyed, was 47 percent are stuck in a static world. We don't have to worry about them is what that clip famously said."
"I cannot think of an idea more antithetical to the American principles this country was founded on," Cruz added.