Romney Backtracks on Calling Obama Voters "Victims"

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Responds to video of fundraiser where he claimed 47% of Americans will vote for President Obama because they believe they are "victims" who are "entitled" to government assistance.

FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2012 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at the American Legion National Convention in Indianapolis.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Republican Mitt Romney says a video clip in which he called nearly half of Americans "victims" was "not elegantly stated" and was "spoken off the cuff." But he says President Barack Obama's approach is "attractive to people who are not paying taxes."
Romney spoke to reporters Monday evening in a hastily called news conference after the emergence of a video in which the GOP presidential nominee told donors that almost half of American voters "believe that they are victims."
The Republican nominee did not disavow the comments but said they were made during a question-and-answer session. He said it was indicative of his campaign's effort to "focus on the people in the middle."
The website of the magazine Mother Jones posted a video of Romney's comments from a private fundraiser.

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  • by Name Location: Location on Sep 27, 2012 at 10:48 AM
    NoName, How do you know this and what difference does it make? Those of you backing BHO need to know, he can not steal/tax enough money from the rich to keep all of you happy. Not only that, he won't steal/tax enough from the rich, as he wants part of the rich class that keep him in power. He plays people like you against them to vote him in. Again, he can not steal enough to keep all happy, you will always be chasing the carrot!?!?!?
  • by NoName Location: MI-7 on Sep 26, 2012 at 09:03 AM
    The problem with Romney/Ryan is that both candidates DO NOT know what it is like not to have money; to struggle just to pay the bills.
  • by Name Location: Location on Sep 25, 2012 at 07:01 AM
    How do you back track what you said? Someone teach me how to do this. I thought once you said something, thats it. Guess if your as rich as Romney, you can buy or change anything.
  • by Name Location: Location on Sep 25, 2012 at 04:13 AM
    Lance, we know who the real Hussien is!!!
  • by Lance Location: Mid-Michigan on Sep 24, 2012 at 03:53 PM
    Flip flop Romney backtrack, no way! I can't wait to see who the real Romney is.
  • by jeff Location: lansing on Sep 24, 2012 at 12:26 PM
    Yeah, Obama really cared about the 65 percent that did not want Obama care. So who is worse?
  • by Courtney Location: Location on Sep 24, 2012 at 08:52 AM
    @Anonymous, Wow, guess I hit your nerve with one particular sentence. Maybe you should start with the lesson of "tolerance" for other's opinions instead of a heated angry comment.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 22, 2012 at 08:55 PM
    @Courtney: I've never read anywhere in the Bible about Jesus carrying a gun nor any other weapon for that matter. He healed the sick, fed the hungry, turned water into wine and taught about forgiveness and tolerance. He didn't spend his life finding creative ways to avoid paying taxes. He didn't amass a fortune in His lifetime. He didn't buy up companies and suck out all the cash leaving them bankrupt. He didn't line His own pockets by firing people leaving them high and dry without jobs or health insurance coverage, nor did He flip flop on the issues depending on which way He thought would get Him the most votes the next time the polls were open.
  • by Courtney Location: Location on Sep 22, 2012 at 09:42 AM
    @Angie, the disparity would stop if we went to a straight flat tax. Everyone would then pay the same exact tax dependent upon what they spend. It is a simply strategy. As far as kool-aid, I can't stand the stuff, I prefer my bible and my gun.
  • by Name Location: Location on Sep 20, 2012 at 09:59 AM
    Now Romney is saying he is for everyone! Well how much more of his feet does he want to swallow? This man has insulted, Latinos, Muslims, Jews, and everyone who doesn't make at least 250K a year. Well it is a lot more than 47% of us. Anyone who thinks wee should be deported, or die if we don't vote for Romney is on par with the nutso in Co. We ALL have a right to state our minds, and last I knew this was still a free country. If you don't like what is said, leave, but do not threaten anyone of us.
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