By Elise Viebeck - 03/03/13 03:10 PM EST
Latino votes made up 10 percent of the electorate in November for the first time ever.
Romney won 27 percent of that vote to Obama's 71 percent. It was a poor performance compared to his Republican predecessors — exit polls show that former President George W. Bush won 44 percent of the Latino vote in 2004, and Sen. John McCainJohn McCainOvernight Defense: Pentagon denies troops on Syrian front lines | Senators push for more Afghan visas McCain files B amendment to boost defense spending Senators push to authorize 4,000 more visas for Afghans MORE (R-Ariz.) won 31 percent in 2008.
Romney came under intense fire during the campaign for a private remark that "47 percent" of Americans "believe they are victims" and "believe the government has a responsibility to care for them."
On Sunday, he called it a "very unfortunate statement."
"It's not what I meant. I didn't express myself as I wished I would have," Romney said.