Governor Mitt Romney, the erstwhile GOP presidential candidate, has an idea about why he lost. At least in part it seems to do with “gifts” President Barack Obama offered to college students.

According to an article by Ashley Parker in the New York Times, Romney explained to fundraisers in a call earlier this week that he failed to win the election in part because Obama pursued the “old playbook” attracting interest groups, “especially the African-American community, the Hispanic community and young people,” with specific policy presents:

With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest, was a big gift. 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.

Or, in other words, Obama’s policies with regard to college students were good for college students, so they voted for him. [Image via]

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Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer