Washington (CNN) - The number two House Democrat predicted Wednesday that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's comments at a closed door fundraiser would prove "helpful" to congressional Democrats and President Obama when voters go to the polls in November.
"It's got to help us in every swing district in America," House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer told reporters on Capitol Hill. Independent voters are "are looking to find a party that they believe cares about them and their interests and their future."
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The secretly recorded video of Romney speaking to donors in Florida in May–where he said Obama's supporters were "dependent upon the government" –has sparked a political firestorm since being leaked this week.
Hoyer said that the speech by Romney "shows disdain for people." He argued that as a result the "American people are getting a clearer and clearer picture that the Democratic Party is on their side and the Republican Party is not."
Asked about the impact of the comments, Hoyer said, "it's going to be helpful to our congressional races, to our Senate races and clearly to the presidential race so I think it's a positive."
Romney and other Republicans have attempted to shift the conversation to a tape of then Illinois state Senator Obama indicating in 1998 that he supported the "redistribution" of wealth in government.
Hoyer dismissed the Republican strategy as "not new," and said it wouldn't work. He pointing out that the GOP attempted to use the same argument in 1993 when Bill Clinton was President, and said the 1990s turned out to be "best economy in my lifetime."