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. Time for Real Change!

    So, Romney says that Obama appeals to those that dont pay taxes. I'd have to say that is absolutely true. If you go back to the previous election coverage, you saw idiots claiming that they will never have to pay taxes, house payments, etc. All in support of Obama. It's impossible for Democrats to contest that this is untrue here. We've seen this "victim mentality" from liberals for years.

    September 18, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  2. Obama's America 2016

    Poor commie democrats. Beyond pathetic parasites.

    September 18, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  3. rs

    myviewis-
    In your world view- is it really fair that the rich pay a smaller portion of their income in taxes? Is it really right that Mr. Romney can insult the so-called 47% (who pay FICA, state and sales taxes) by saying they aren't responsible simply because they aren't rich and apparently smart enough not to vote for him?

    That is perversion my friend.

    September 18, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  4. Woman In California

    Willard will pay dearly at the polls.

    September 18, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  5. Pete

    Dominican mama ,how right you are,you should as your duty bring to light the best of everyone and Romney the multiple choice candidates best attributes is his foot in mouth disease.It's an apparent flaw genetically in all republicans.If you're not saying anything you're not ignorent ,but if you do say ignorent comments you're opening yourself up to ridicule ,make sense!Romney should spend more time listening but his arrogence as well as ignorence keep shooting himself in the foot.He's in the Bain mode here in thinking when he first got started in Bain the owner Bill Bain told him don't worry you'll always have a job even if you screw up ,your jobs always here.It's time for this elitist to say good bye,his VP candidate Ryan is campaigning in Wisconsin for his old congressional seat,he even knows it might be over soon and he's just might throw in the towel to not only save face but save his political career...

    September 18, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  6. Canchange

    Barack Obama is a puppet, only good for Halloween crop. Any black people in this nation can do a better job than him, he can't,don't learn and don't work; only good for play golf 140 tournaments and lots of basketball games. Mitt/Ryan 2012

    September 18, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  7. rs

    UDidntBuildThat-
    Yeah, the fact that Republicans in Congress have faught the recovery every single day of Obama's tenure had no effect on the economy today, right?
    No jobs bills, nothing for working class Americans- just tax cuts for the rich.

    The sheet has been lifted. Mr. Romney finally spoke truthfully how he feels about the less-than-rich in America. Only a fool (a rich one) would vote for Romney now.

    September 18, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  8. tess

    i am sick at my stomach too – sick of o'dumbo doing everything in his considerable power to turn america into a socialist nation with him as our 'esteemed ruler' !! i gag on a daily basis thinking how low we have sunken to have such an incompetent fool in the white house – GOD HELP US ALL and i'm praying (while i still can until o'dumbo takes away that freedom) that god will save america!!

    September 18, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  9. UDidntBuildThat

    Whose policies grew the freeloaders? Census said that the number of people on govt handlouts has increased dramatically since 2008. It shows Obama's policies are not working and are enslaving the people. So how is that trickle down govt handlouts working for ya? Those of us that pay taxes know what Romney said is true. We are the ones paying for the freeloaders. But that's is what Obama wants. A US economy where there is "shared prosperity" and everything is fare and only the Obamas & the Dems get to decide "what is fair".

    September 18, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. Obama's America 2016

    Obama allowed Libya terrorists to kill Americans

    September 18, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  11. w l jones

    Strange he never mention most business receive government handout and they are not people. Again again strange.

    September 18, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  12. truth hurts

    But the "progressive" Democrats/socialists/communists and their "progressive" tax code NEVER tell us suckers that pay taxes what the limit to their "progressivity" is! That is because there are NO limits and the definition of "fairness" changes based upon who they want to give freebies to.

    You see there is no limit to the gravy train in their mind so there can be no limit to how much can be taken in order for somebody to meet the "fair" test. They honestly expect more and more to be taken from fewer and fewer to be handed over to more and more! And they expect this to go on forever! Anybody else see a problem with this insanity?!!

    September 18, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  13. bailouts

    this is so funny...obama's team wasting their breath on these incidental things.

    why not replay the video story of the guy who went on national tv to spill the beans of his and obama's romnantic, empashioned interlude and becoming "crazy lovers rollicing around the hotel room like new, young lovers"....{sic}..
    lasting several days, before he ran and became the pres.

    and what about the lady obama visits in the bay area, and stays all afternoon and/or all night, everytiime he comes here.

    September 18, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  14. Jan

    Ahhh! THANK GOD PRESIDENT OBAMA LACKS THE SKILLS OF A BUSINESSMAN AND HAS NO BUSINESS EXPERIENCE :-)! God help us if he did! We could be looking at another George Bush or Mitt Romney, who wants BUSINESS EXPERIENCE TO BE A PREREQUISIT FOR THE PRESIDENCY.... just look where all of his business experience has him today. HE CAN'T MANAGE HIS PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN :-)!

    September 18, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  15. Obama's America 2016

    Go on Letterman instead of meeting with Netanyahu. REAL presidental.

    September 18, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  16. Nathan

    This election will be an Obama landslide. Electoral college Obama 312 Romney 226.

    September 18, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  17. rob

    I'd love to have an obvious political operative take a "secret video" of the President when he is attending his $50000 a plate fundraisers. How informative that might be.

    Just a reminder for you CNN readers:
    -Over 8% unemployment for over 40 months.
    -Trillion dollar deficits for three years and 10 more under the presidents budget proposal.
    -16 Trillion debt plus trillions more for un funded liabilities (SS, Medicare and Medicade) which are going bankrupt.
    -No budget passed in the Senate for over three years.
    -unpopular and wildly expensive Obamacare.
    -The Middle east in flames (They were supposed to love the US remember)

    Bring on the debates and Nov. 6th can't come fast enough.

    Romney/Ryan 2012

    September 18, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  18. Name w.bullock

    I said mocking out presdient obama so he never tell truth to people what about fraud check scam
    From afrcian amercian so why people get fraud check scam from afrcian amercian so I'm belived that people are avoid vote support presdient obama from fraud check scam of afrciam amerciam

    September 18, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  19. RealityBites

    When you have no record to run on.., any lamestream media fenzy will do to distract.. Even the proven fact that most people living off the government are progressive democrats.

    September 18, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  20. Rick McDaniel

    So, Obama wants to OPENLY criticize the TRUTH?

    That, is indeed a losing proposal!

    September 18, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  21. Canuck

    @tess
    "sick of o'dumbo doing everything in his considerable power to turn america into a socialist nation"

    1. Using o'dumbo for your Presidents name makes you sound really ignorant.
    2. Obama is a centrist Democrat. Do you understand what a socialist is???

    September 18, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  22. jakobpen

    I wonder if Mitt knows that almost 100% of the states that voted for the GOP in the 2008 Presidential Election receive more in federal spending than they pay in taxes? Those "Red States" are dependent on government and taking more than their fair share.

    Here are the facts: The GOP won 22 States (aka "Red States") in 2008. However, 21 of those 22 "Red States" receive more in federal spending than they pay in taxes.

    Therefore approximately 95% of the states that voted for the GOP in 2008 received a disproportionate amount of funding relative to the amount they put in each year. Those 21 "Red States" consume more federal dollars than they pay to the federal government. Accordingly, the 21 "Red States" are subsidized by the states that pay more in taxes than they receive back.

    There are only 18 states that PAY MORE to the federal government than they receive back in federal spending.

    17 of those 18 states that pay MORE to the federal government are "Blue States" that voted for President Obama.

    Therefore, 95% of the States that pull their own weight and subsidize the other states voted for President Obama.

    Here is the link:
    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2010/04/the_red_state_ripoff.html

    Mitt might want to rethink his "dependent on government" rant.

    A Romney presidency would be an unMITTigated disaster...

    September 18, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  23. FedUp

    "If you separate by classes, you really aren't a President?" Hmm, guess Obama really isn't a President then. Romney spoke the truth. What's the problem?

    September 18, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  24. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Why is it that ignorant right wingnuts agree with Romney's idiocy? I pay a 28% tax rate, and am happy to pay my fair share as long as it is not for unfunded wars, and tax breaks for those who least need it. Despite the republican message of hate, we are in this together, that is what makes America great.

    September 18, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  25. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The republican message of divisiveness is not the truth. Mittens is an elitist lying privileged puppet of Fox foreign owned media and the Kochs and Rove.

    September 18, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
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