Mitt Romney steered clear of making additional controversial statements yesterday when he brought his dog and pony show to the Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa for a fundraising extravaganza. Addressing 1,700 donors Romney focused on domestic issues. The Orange County Register’s Martin Wisckol reported that;
The fundraiser was delayed about 45 minutes by a last-minute news conference in which Romney tried to minimize the effect of a video in which he called most of President Barack Obama’s voters “victims … who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them.” Speaking to media that travels with his campaign, he said before the fundraiser that his comments weren’t “elegantly stated.”
Mother Jones first reported on, and released, the video of Governor Romney:
During a private fundraiser earlier this year, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told a small group of wealthy contributors what he truly thinks of all the voters who support President Barack Obama. He dismissed these Americans as freeloaders who pay no taxes, who don’t assume responsibility for their lives, and who think government should take care of them. Fielding a question from a donor about how he could triumph in November, Romney replied:
There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax.Romney went on: “[M]y job is is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”
Here is the video:
Yesterday, Obama for America Campaign Manager Jim Messina released the following statement regarding Romney’s statements in the video.
“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. It’s hard to serve as president for all Americans when you’ve disdainfully written off half the nation.”
At his press conference before the fundraiser, Governor Romney tried to wiggle out of his comments by claiming that his comments weren’t “elegantly stated.”
Not elegantly stated?!!! To his credit, he didn’t say that his comments were out of context, but he also didn’t retract them.
We’re left then with only one conclusion. His comments, while inelegant, reflect what he actually thinks of half of America.