Obama camp wastes no time highlighting Romney tapes
September 18th, 2012
02:00 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama camp wastes no time highlighting Romney tapes

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's campaign quickly used freshly released tapes of Mitt Romney speaking at a private fund-raiser to blast their rival, using apparent man-on-the-street interviews to cast the GOP nominee as woefully out of touch with average Americans.

"I actually felt sick to my stomach," one person says in the Obama campaign web video, which appears to have been shot in Chicago's Grant Park. Obama's re-election team is based in the Windy City.

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Another voter, after watching the video on an iPad, says the clip "shows that he's out of touch, that he thinks that half of the country is feeling like victims."

"As a president, if you try to separate by demographics, separate by classes, you're not really a president," says a third.

In the footage of Romney, released on the website of the left-leaning magazine Mother Jones, the Republican presidential candidate argues that nearly half of Americans will vote for Obama because they rely on government support.

"There are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what," Romney says in one clip. "There are 47% 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. Who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing."

At the White House briefing Tuesday, press secretary Jay Carney said he wasn't sure if the president had seen the tapes, but also used the opportunity to slam Obama's rival.

"Setting aside, you know, what Gov. Romney thinks, I can tell you that the president certainly doesn't think that men and women on social security are irresponsible or victims, that students aren't responsible or are victims," Carney said. "He certainly doesn't think that middle class families are paying too little in taxes."

Not all of the president's team was quick to expound on Romney's comments, however. After a campaign event in Iowa, Vice President Joe Biden would only say that Romney's "words speak for themselves" when asked about the clips.

On Tuesday morning, an Obama campaign official said the president's team was considering using the clips in future political ads.

In a press conference late Monday evening, Romney did not disavow his remarks but said that they may have been "not elegantly stated."

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soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. TheVoice2

    It's clear he wants to be President but he will only govern 52% of the country.

    Mitt Phony's motto "make me President now and I'll give you details later"

    September 18, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  2. truth hurts

    >"I actually felt sick to my stomach," one person says in the Obama campaign web video

    of course they do! TRUTH HURTS!!

    September 18, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  3. HOLY TIGHTY WHITIES WILLARD

    CORPORATE WELFARE: For every $1 billion dollars in taxes we actually pay on the poor, we pay $2 billion dollars for the rich.(Corporate Farmers, Big Banks, Big Oil, Defense Contractors)

    September 18, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  4. Kimberly

    GOOD!!! Keep romney on the defense, for yet another week with only 50 days til the election! OBAMA 2012!

    September 18, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  5. F-Gingrich

    If this wasn't so pathetic it would be funny......I can't believe ANYONE would actually vote for Mittens..they should just add an "anybody but Obama" box to save those stupid enough to vote against the POTUS further embarassment.

    September 18, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  6. DumbasRocks [R]s

    Scene: 1st 2012 presidential debate. The candidates coming onto stage.......

    Obama: "Gosh Willard, what's that awful smell!"

    Romney: "Sorry Barry. But I've been on the sore end of so many political enemas in the past few weeks that Ann can't seems to keep up with washing my soiled boxers. Be gentle tonite, I'm sore there."

    September 18, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  7. HOLY TIGHTY WHITIES WILLARD

    The "TRUTH TEAM" knocked it out of the park with that video. That ad needs to make it on tv in all the battleground states.

    September 18, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  8. Ferret out the BS

    Someone should ask Romney if he supports the Mormons who believe in "Bleeding the Beast"? Its a philosophy of Mormons that believe in getting as much free money from the government that they can, having children, not working, getting welfare and food stamps and taxpayers fund it. Go ahead and ask if he follows that as well which maybe is one reason he doesn't want to show his taxes. Just sayin....

    September 18, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  9. B.

    He did it to himself as we all witnessed many times over, but we cannot allow this fool to -Do It- to us All, as he would, with his lack of judgement and constant direction changes on every issue!

    His only consistency is his – inconsistency.

    September 18, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  10. Bill from GA

    The sad truth is that may republican voters, low-income and paying no taxes, will till vote for mitts, even though mitts plainly says he doesn't care a thing for them.

    Many working families pay no taxes, because to the 10% bottom rate and the high Child Tax Credit.

    September 18, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  11. John

    For Democrats, Christmas has come in September, 2012. Mr. Romney's own words are over and over and over again, his own worst enemy. Merry Christmas Democrats.

    September 18, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  12. ExRepublican

    Romney does not care about middle class and poor. Mitt is not fit to be president.
    Romney why I am paying 30% taxes and you only paying 15% of taxes.
    Romney is digrace to our country.

    September 18, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  13. truth hurts

    HOLY TIGHTY WHITIES WILLARD
    CORPORATE WELFARE: For every $1 billion dollars in taxes we actually pay on the poor, we pay $2 billion dollars for the rich.(Corporate Farmers, Big Banks, Big Oil, Defense Contractors)
    =================================================================================================

    Got any more made up numbers you can post???

    September 18, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  14. JD

    Hmmm. Had the tape since May. Using it when we have anti-American civil unrest that puts the president in a bad spot.

    Don't play the entire audio for context.

    The Obama machine is brilliant. They know how to keep that 47% in check.

    September 18, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  15. Ferret out the BS

    I guess I'm one of those 47% ers that support the President except I've worked all my life, my wife has worked all her life, my son is on his own and he works and guess what Mitt, we all pay taxes and have never asked for a dime from Uncle Sam. It is unbelievable how many Republicans think that just because you're a democrat you don't work or pay. In fact we've paid a much higher percentage than that wealthy 1%, so no you don't get my vote or my sympathy.

    September 18, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  16. Stealy Dan

    Those who take from Peter to pay Paul, can always count on the support of Paul.

    September 18, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  17. DumbasRocks [R]s

    Hey 'truth hurts': I am astounded, but not totally surprised, that there are Teatards like you who are actually dull enough to come on these threads to try to defend Willard's traveling clown show. But I thank god every day that you guys do - you are the poster children for why sentient Americans should vote [D] and avoid the intellectual malignancy that you rightwing trolls represent.

    September 18, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  18. patNY

    It's now clearer than ever...
    Mitt Romney just wants to become President by any means necesssary, but has no interest in actually being a president after elected to the post.

    September 18, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  19. Richard

    Sorry dems, Romney was exactly correct. I am a retired engineer, 72 years old and live on my Soc. Sec. And a very modest pension, along with income from investments. My daughter and her husband will vote for Odumbo because they told me that if Romney wins, they would lose their food stamps and Medicaid. They have a very modest income but with 4 kids they never pay any taxes. I bought the home they live in and so far this year I've paid over $10,000 of their expenses like water, gas and electric as well as house payments. Odumbo has bought the election by extending unemployment to two years and given thousands of bloodsuckers free this and that. They have no reason to work.

    September 18, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  20. Me IN HOUSTON

    "Obama camp wastes no time highlighting Romney tapes"
    And they shouldn't wait to highlight Mitt Romney's true feelings about Americans who are not rich, who need a little help to get by. Romney doesn't care about the poor. He isn't doing this for the middle class. He is running for president to make the rich richer.

    September 18, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  21. Getitright

    Wow, Can't believe what I heard. I guess the repubs can't claim class warfare from the dems anymore!!

    September 18, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  22. sugar

    Hope the POTUS's campaign people are smart enough to let this one do its own work. Don't use it in your slogans and ads. Why cheapen your own message with what could possibly be decried as "beating a dead horse"?

    September 18, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  23. quelee

    This is rich coming from someone who probably doesn't pay his "fair share" of taxes. Of course, we can't really know for sure what his tax liability is since Willard "Mitt" Romney refuses to produce his tax returns. He only produced what he could "doctor" once he knew he was going to run for the Presidency. If he should win this election then it just shows that people don't pay attention to what he has been saying – here and abroad. The man is a total dufus!!!!

    September 18, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  24. maf

    @Truth – that's not a good thing! It refers to how frightening the situation would be should Romney somehow become President. You have a strange sense of what's right . . .

    September 18, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  25. Mike

    The reality is that Mitt is looking more and more as if he didn't have a clue as to what average Americans are going through, thanks to his party. You can't solve a problem if you don't understand it and Mitt doesn't.

    September 18, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
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