Democrats pounce on Romney's comments from secret video
September 17th, 2012
10:49 PM ET
11 years ago

Democrats pounce on Romney's comments from secret video

(CNN) - Democrats were quick to denounce comments made by Mitt Romney in a old video that emerged online Monday.

The Republican nominee could be heard in the film–secretly recorded at a private fund-raising event earlier this year–saying nearly half of Americans will automatically vote for President Barack Obama because they are "dependent" on Americans.

"There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what," Romney says in the footage. "There are 47 percent 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."

Adding to his argument about entitlement, Romney said his "job is not to worry about those people."

"I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives," he added. "What I have to do is convince the 5% to 10% in the center that are independents, that are thoughtful."

The videos were posted Monday afternoon on the left-leaning news websites The Huffington Post and Mother Jones. The person responsible for the footage said he or she wishes to remain anonymous for "professional reasons and to avoid a lawsuit," according to the Huffington Post.

Democrats, however, sharply took issue with Romney's "47%" comments, as well as other remarks he made in the video:

Obama campaign press secretary Jen Psaki on CNN:

"Carol, I have to say, you know, I've worked for the president for five and a half years. He ran to represent the entire country. Even when people don't agree with him, he wakes up every day wanting to solve the challenges of everybody in this country. Mitt Romney wrote off nearly 50% of people in this country before he's even sworn into office. This is something that I think is shocking and really alarming to people who want to bring this country together and are scratching their heads about what he said."

Sen. Charles Schumer of New York

"This moment of candor from Mitt Romney once again shows he has no understanding of what average Americans go through. His worldview is too narrow for him to ever make a good President."

Nevada Assemblywoman Lucy Flores:

"Today Mitt Romney once again demonstrated how out of touch he is with the issue facing our communities. The bottom line is that the problem isn't that Mitt Romney is not Latino, it's that he's on the wrong side of every Latino voter's priorities. Mitt Romney has made it crystal clear that he would veto the DREAM Act, reduce funding for Pell Grants and repeal Obamacare-all of which would have deep negative impacts in our communities."

Congressman Charlie Gonzalez (D-TX):

"It's not about being a Latino that would make Romney a better candidate. Latinos, and all Americans, look at the substance of a candidate's proposals to determine who is the better candidate and who best represents the priorities of their community. That is why upon examining the policies willingly supported by Romney on the economy, health care, and immigration, Latinos overwhelmingly support President Obama.

Colorado Democratic Party Chairman Rick Palacio:

"Throughout this campaign, many people have had lingering questions about Governor Romney's values and the sincerity of his positions. But behind closed doors with a group of his multimillionaire donors, he revealed how he really feels. Incredibly, Mitt Romney has no use for nearly half of our fellow citizens, yet he seeks to hold our nation's highest office, where his policies would dramatically affect the lives of the people he so completely disregards.

"It is difficult to imagine how a person who seeks the office of the presidency would be so divisive and have such contempt for his fellow Americans. But it is clear that Mitt Romney does not deserve to lead our great country and the ambitious, diverse, and talented people who call it home."

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soundoff (200 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    Wonder if he knows a lot of the people that are on medicaid are elderly, disabled, have no one else to take care of them. Yes, a lot of them are republicans too.

    September 18, 2012 02:57 am at 2:57 am |
  2. Matt Vraspir

    Mitt Romney is toast. Warm buttery toast. Election over. 4 more years. Thank God.

    September 18, 2012 03:04 am at 3:04 am |
  3. skytag

    Mitt Romney just said that anyone who is currently dependent on government just wants handouts. Sounds like something that would go over well with the burn-the-poor-for-fuel party.

    September 18, 2012 03:13 am at 3:13 am |
  4. James

    ROFL, Obama treats Americans like victims.... And he lies about the PLANNED attacks that resulted in the deaths of our Ambassador and Navy seals. Why did Obama not protect our embassies after killing the number 2 Al Qaeda leader and on the anniversary of 9/11???? More embarrassing policies from our embarrassing president...

    September 18, 2012 03:13 am at 3:13 am |
  5. TexTeacher

    Romney says about his father “But he was born in Mexico ... and, uh, had he been born of, uh, Mexican parents, I'd have a better shot at winning this." How condescending is that! Are you listening Rubio?

    September 18, 2012 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  6. Josaphat Daniels.

    So much for caring about the american people. This guy is a jerk and a phony and a fraud and the sad part about it is
    that there are people that will instead choose against their best interest and vote for this upcoming loser just because
    they hate The President.

    September 18, 2012 03:25 am at 3:25 am |
  7. GI Joe

    He just doesn't know that 53% of the people in this country don't like HIM. ha ha ha ha ha ah

    Must be hard having a name that rhymes with Twit and lots of other words.

    September 18, 2012 03:35 am at 3:35 am |
  8. Steve

    Romney (and you romney supporters), you're just..... well to put this as nice as I can.....
    romney, you are fail !!
    I ask for all of you to read how well his homestate of massachusetts was doing before, during and after he was governer.
    Just L0LZ !!!!!!!

    September 18, 2012 03:43 am at 3:43 am |
  9. Bettina

    Of course they would , Romney spoke the truth , rather refreshing .!!!

    September 18, 2012 03:52 am at 3:52 am |
  10. Sal

    Here's how a Democrat reacts: Mitt's comments push them over the edge into actually donating to the campaign to make sure Mitt goes nowhere near the White House unless he's on a tour.

    September 18, 2012 03:54 am at 3:54 am |
  11. zooni

    All those factory workers that were laid off, fuelled by Romney's greed are also dependent on the government for their unemployment checks. Blame an unemployed America for corporate greed.

    September 18, 2012 04:17 am at 4:17 am |
  12. PGelsman

    Romney is going to be a sore loser and he'll be very vocal about it too. He only has himself to blame. Every time he speaks another gem of wit comes out.
    The REAL reason he's not releasing more tax returns is that we will then see how much better off HE IS.

    September 18, 2012 04:25 am at 4:25 am |
  13. John Oboho

    Obama is a millionaire campaigning to pay his fair share of tax,so his secretary don't end up paying more than him.Romney on the other hand,is campaigning to pay less taxes,so he could have more $s to transfer to the Caymans,Swiss banks,and to build more car elevators.

    September 18, 2012 04:48 am at 4:48 am |
  14. John Oboho

    Obama is a millionaire campaigning to pay his fair share of tax to help offset the deficit,so his secretary don't end up paying more than him.Romney on the other hand,is campaigning to pay less taxes and shift the burden to offset the deficit on the middle class,so he could have more $s to transfer to the Caymans,Swiss banks,invest in China,and to build more car elevators.

    September 18, 2012 04:53 am at 4:53 am |
  15. John Oboho

    Please don't post the first one,post the second.Thanks

    September 18, 2012 04:55 am at 4:55 am |
  16. wonder

    I wonder if Iran has considered setting off their bomb right where they are? That might make tactical sense. No missile needed. The radioactive fallout would drift, if they wait until the winds are right, and that will settle the argument about who wants to live in Israel and Gaza. It would be Allah's will where the winds blow. That's attractive, theologically.

    September 18, 2012 04:56 am at 4:56 am |
  17. Arturo Torres

    Mitt go back to Mexico.

    September 18, 2012 04:59 am at 4:59 am |
  18. Daniel

    Once again, Mitt opens his mouth.....

    September 18, 2012 05:03 am at 5:03 am |
  19. Bill Marsh

    I love watching pompous ass's commit political suicide! Farewell 'wanna be' Romney! Oh and did i say...GOOD RIDDANCE!!!! Bye the way I am a Republican that would not vote for the likes of Mitt Romney..ever!!! The Republican Party is in shambles and needs to get a clue if they ever want to achieve greatness ever again! I am voting for President Obama and so are all of the independants and moderate Republicans. Romney will be defeated in a landslide victory because he basically is an idiot when it comes to politics. I am so happy that all of his millionaire friends have thrown their money into a losing (loser) cause. I hope they will all learn a valuable lesson in the fact that the middle and lower class Americans that have always made this country great and that the 'fat cats' owe them everything for their over-inflated bank accounts!

    September 18, 2012 05:10 am at 5:10 am |
  20. Massachusetts Resident

    "It is difficult to imagine how a person who seeks the office of the presidency would be so divisive and have such contempt for his fellow Americans"??
    True! But! Only if you're not a power-mad and extremely greedy S.O.B. who will say anything to get elected!

    September 18, 2012 05:11 am at 5:11 am |
  21. Matthew Williams

    Well he's just the gift that keeps on giving! Obama could do the dougie on national television and still win the presidency. Obama 2012!

    September 18, 2012 05:23 am at 5:23 am |
  22. Bob Alan

    What incredible arrogance and lack of respect for the people he aspires to serve? Serve?

    September 18, 2012 05:25 am at 5:25 am |
  23. I'm Just Saying2.....

    Why don"t you tell us how you REALLY feel?? We should think twice about even letting him VISIT the WH, much less allowing him to live there!! The 47% that you so RUDELY dismissed would (not that it is going to happen),become your responsibility also. You have already dismissed them as "not your job to worry about"!! With this show of no compassion for your fellow man, I wonder how much of the 53% left over are firmly behind you?

    September 18, 2012 05:29 am at 5:29 am |
  24. geo

    Romney is juat a mean person.

    September 18, 2012 05:31 am at 5:31 am |
  25. Mk54

    Democrats are being too nice....Romney's class warfare needs to be energetically, categorically repudiated and Romney needs to be decisively relegated to the scrap heap of utterly failed politicians.

    September 18, 2012 05:36 am at 5:36 am |
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