If you were watching CNN yesterday, you may have caught an interview by CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger with Mitt and Ann Romney. In the interview they discussed Mitt’s failed campaign for President and whether he had any regrets. The biggest thing that came to mind was of course his 47% comments he made at a fundraiser dinner. One of the workers at the event secretly recorded cell phone video of Mr. Romney speaking and caught him saying that he doesn’t worry about 47% of the country that he believes are dependent on the government.
His words from the video, in talking about President Obama, were “There are 47% of people who are with him, who are dependent on government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, you-name-it.” Adding that his “job is not to worry about those people.”
Those aren’t words that you want to hear a Presidential candidate make. Their job is to look out for the overall good of the entire country, not to write off 47% of it.
Mr. Romney admitted that he certainly said a few things that “didn’t come out right,” especially the 47% comments.
Romney also talked in his CNN interview that the Republican Party needs to do a better job of connecting with the voters. This is something that Mr. Romney was extremely poor at. I felt a major example of his ability to relate to the average voter was when candidate Romney was asked if he followed NASCAR racing and he responded that he had close friends who were NASCAR team owners. Just another example of his close ties to the wealthy and inability to relate to the average American.
It’s hard to believe the Republican Party put up a Presidential candidate that was so clearly unable to relate to voters. But as a Democrat, we welcomed his candidacy with open arms, and the election ended in a landslide Obama victory.
Another interesting part of the CNN interview was Ann Romney’s response to the question of whether she would want one of their children to run for political office. She responded, “don’t do it.”
Hopefully her children will take her advice and we won’t be seeing anymore Romney’s running for office any time soon.
Check out the CNN article about the interview here, along with an interview clip.