Karl Rove insisted that Barack Obama won re-election by “suppressing the vote,” during an appearance on Fox News Thursday, even though the president secured more popular and electoral votes than challenger Mitt Romney and grew his margins within certain voting blocs.
Rove — whose American Crossroads organizations spent $300 million in a mostly unsuccessful effort to defeat Democrats — attempted to diminish Obama’s victory by explaining that the president won less popular votes in 2012 than in 2008, and only “got more votes…among Latinos.” He complained that Obama characterized Romney, a former Bain executive, as “a rich guy who cares about himself” — a message voters largely embraced:
ROVE: I think the Republicans lost in this election because of two things. One is that the Obama campaign was very effective in keeping roughly 92 percent of the people who voted for President Obama before to vote for him again. But they didn’t do a good job of growing the electorate…The Democrats, the the only group that they got more votes this time around than they got four years ago were among Latinos. About 700,000 more Latinos voted Democratic this year than the year before. But the president succeed by suppressing the vote, by saying to people, ‘you may not like who I am and I know you can’t bring yourself to vote for me, but I’m going to paint this other guy as simply a rich guy who only cares about himself.’
In reality, both Romney and Obama’s 2008 challenger Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) failed to grow the electorate and both won approximately 58 million popular votes, all while election officials in swing states tried to institute voter ID laws and keep minority voters from coming out to the polls.