Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Romney Confirms Obama "Victim" Voters Video

Mitt Romney confirmed that a YouTube Video entitled "Mitt Romney "There are 47% of people who feel entitled to healthcare, to food, to housing!" which is circulating on the internet was indeed his voice.


"Whoever put released the snippets, I would certainly appreciate it if they released the whole tape," Romney said. 


Although black-screened and only offering the voice of Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the video captures Romney saying that, "There are 47% of the people who will vote for the President no matter what. Alright, there are 47% who are with him, who are dependent on government, who believe that they are victims, who believe government has the responsibility to care for them, who believe they are entitled to healthcare, to food, to housing!" 


The sound of silverware against dinner plates can also be heard in the background which suggests that the recording took place at a dinner. Romney later confirmed that it was a fundraising event.



Romney explained that his statements were about the internal processes of campaigning rather than discussing policy.  Romney went on to say that, "I recognize that among those who pay no tax, approximately 47% of Americans, I'm not likely to be highly successful with the message of lowering taxes... And likewise, those who are reliant on government are not as attracted to my message of slimming down government."


“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," said Obama for America Campaign Manager Jim Messina in an email.  "It’s hard to serve as president for all Americans when you’ve disdainfully written off half the nation.”