(CNN) – Senate Democrats hurried to the floor Wednesday to comment on Mitt Romney's controversial secretly recorded fund-raiser comments, among them Majority Leader Harry Reid who claimed that Romney "only wants to be president of half of the United States."
The video of the Republican nominee at a private, high-dollar fund-raiser in May posted Monday and Tuesday by the liberal news website Mother Jones went viral over Romney's comments claiming that nearly half of the population would automatically vote for President Obama because they are dependent on the government, among other controversial remarks.
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"For months I believed Mitt Romney wanted to be president of all the United States. This week we learned Mitt Romney only wants to be president of half of the United States," said Reid addressing the Senate floor. "If Mitt Romney were president, he wouldn't waste time worrying about the 47% of Americans who he believes are victims, who Romney believes aren't willing to take personal responsibility and those are his words, Madam President, not mine."
Reid also used the video to continue his barrage of attacks on Romney for not releasing more years of tax returns suggesting again that Romney had paid no taxes during some years.
"For all we know, Mitt Romney could be one of those who has paid no federal income tax," said Reid.
Majority Whip Sen. Dick Durbin also commented on the video ticking off several of Romney's previous gaffes this election cycle.
"It is no surprise when you look back to those other unguarded moments in things that he said in the course of the campaign," said Durbin. "We remember the highlights: 'Corporations are people my friend,' he said. 'I like being able to fire people,' he said. 'I am not concerned about the very poor,' Romney said. 'I am also unemployed,' Romney said."
Durbin continued: "'Ann drives a couple Cadillacs,' Romney said. 'Ten thousand bucks, ten thousand dollar bet,' he said. 'I have some great friends that are NASCAR team owners,' he said."
CNN's Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.