Carlos Gutierrez, a senior Hispanic American surrogate and adviser to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, said Sunday he was "shocked" by Romney's comments about President Obama giving "gifts" to minority groups.

“I was shocked. And frankly I don’t think that’s why Republicans lost the election," he said. “I think we lost the election because the far right of this party has taken the party to a place that it doesn’t belong.”

In a conference call with donors last week, Romney said he lost because Obama had given gifts, such as low student loan rates and access to health insurance, to his base.

Gutierrez, a former businessman who advised Romney's campaign on outreach to Latinos, slammed the comments on CNN's "State of the Union."

“I don’t know if he understood that he was saying something that was insulting,” Gutierrez said.