Washington : Quickly distancing himself from the defeated Republican presidential nominee, Louisiana’s Indian-American governor Bobby Jindal has said Mitt Romney’s comments about the manner of his defeat were unhelpful to the party.

A frequent subject of 2016 presidential speculation, Jindal reiterated Thursday his irritation at Romney’s remarks during a conference call with donors that President Barack Obama won votes by offering “gifts” to African-Americans, Hispanics and young voters.

“This is completely unhelpful,” Jindal told CNN Thursday “This is not where the Republican Party needs to go. If you want voters to like you, the first thing you’ve got to do is like them first.”

Jindal who made similar comments Wednesday in Las Vegas, where he and other governors are attending a meeting of the Republican Governors Association linked the latest Romney comments to the candidate’s remarks at a closed door fund-raiser in May.

The Republican nominee had then argued that 47 percent of Americans were “victims” dependent on government and would never vote for him.

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