Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney charged that President Barack Obama won his re-election bid because of "gifts" he gave to blacks, Hispanics, and young voters.
The Republican candidate made the claim in a call to donors Wednesday.
"What the president, president's campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition, give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government, and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote," Romney told donors.
Those gifts include the president's executive order allowing children of illegal immigrants to stay in the country, his healthcare overhaul that allows children to stay on their parents insurance longer, and a measure to forgive student loan interest.
Some Republicans have spoken out against Romney's claim.
"That is absolutely wrong. I absolutely reject that notion," Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said at Wednesday's session of the annual Republican Governors Association meeting in Las Vegas.
"I don't think that represents where we are as a party and where we're going as a party," he continued. "That has got to be one of the most fundamental takeaways from this election."
"If we're going to continue to be a competitive party and win elections on the national stage and continue to fight for our conservative principles, we need two messages to get out loudly and clearly," Jindal said.
"One, we are fighting for 100 percent of the votes, and secondly, our policies benefit every American who wants to pursue the American dream. Period. No exceptions," he concluded.