(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."
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.
Mitt Romney is toast. Warm buttery toast. Election over. 4 more years. Thank God.
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.
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...
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?
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.
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.
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 !!!!!!!
Of course they would , Romney spoke the truth , rather refreshing .!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Please don't post the first one,post the second.Thanks
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.
Mitt go back to Mexico.
Once again, Mitt opens his mouth.....
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!
"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!
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!
What incredible arrogance and lack of respect for the people he aspires to serve? Serve?
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?
Romney is juat a mean person.
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.