Once again, Mitt Romney is attempting to explain away another potential gaffe. The Republican presidential candidate says that a secretly recorded video of his answer to a question at a campaign stop was an “off the cuff” response that wasn’t “elegantly stated.”
In the video, Romney is heard saying “there are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what” and “All right — there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent on government, who believe that, that they are victims, who believe that government has the responsibility to care for them.” He also added they “believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing.”
Yesterday, Romney tried to clarify his statements. “Of course I want to help all Americans. All Americans have a bright and prosperous future.”
Still, Barack Obama’s campaign jumped on the video. Obama campaign manager Jim Messina had the following to say about the video and Romney’s comments:
“It’s shocking that a candidate for president of the United States would go behind closed doors and declare to a group of wealthy donors that half the American people view themselves as ‘victims,’ entitled to handouts, and are unwilling to take ‘personal responsibility’ for their lives.”
For more information, check out this Bloomberg article, or view the recorded Romney comments in the embedded video below.
– Benjamin Nanamaker, InvestorPlace Money & Politics Editor
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