Obama camp wastes no time highlighting Romney tapes
September 18th, 2012
02:00 PM ET
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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. v_mag

    UDidntBuildThat said: "Most of the free loaders will vote for Obama."
    Most of the freeloaders in this country, or shall we say, those who freeload to the greatest degree, are Mittler's runnin' buddies, and they're not voting for Obama.

    The rich rip us all off with tax breaks, no-bid contracts, taking advantage of roads/military/police/fire/Internet and all the other services provided by middle-class tax payers. Mittler himself may have been in the 47% in recent years. We don't know for sure, because HE'S HIDING HIS TAX RETURNS like the POS he is.

    September 18, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Doggone it bullock, you have been watching too much Sean Hannity!

    September 18, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Despite what Mittens says, Netanyahu does not run the American government. Wake up wingnuts!

    September 18, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    So far Mitt Romney has managed a terrible campaign machine. It would seem that his highly vaunted, high level management skills are limited to investment portfolios. He falls woefully short of inadequate when it comes to real people and the real world.

    September 18, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  5. rob

    I forgot to add:
    -Lowest level of workforce participation in 40 years
    -Record numbers forced to live on Food Stamps.
    -Record numbers on SS Disability (partly because they ran out of U E benefits)
    -Record high unemployment for African Americans especially between 18-25 year olds.

    ETC, ETC, ETC...................................

    September 18, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  6. rs

    Ever hear of President George W. Bush?

    September 18, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  7. Canuck

    @Obama's America
    "Just more proof democrats can't handle the truth"

    So , you're OK with your man writing off almost half the country then???

    September 18, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  8. v_mag

    In that group of 47% (actually, the number is 46%), there are retirees and people who do the menial labor required by the likes of Rob-money to exist. They make such a small wage (set by the likes of Rob-money) that they do not qualify to pay taxes. Those people cook Rob-money's food, wash his car, care for his lawn, and do a million little jobs that enable him to live like a king, in a country where we did away with royalty hundreds of years ago. He has the gall to call them lazy and say they don't take responsibility for themselves? He couldn't exist without them!

    If Rob-money gets his way, his taxes could be reduced to the point where he joins that 46%. He could actually pay no income taxes, and he may have already had years where he paid none. WE DON'T KNOW FOR SURE, SINCE HE WON'T RELEASE HIS TAX RETURNS!!!!! So will that mean that Rob-money will become an Obama supporter and not be taking responsibility for his life?

    September 18, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  9. Game Over

    Willard lost. He might have won but he keeps..........talking.

    September 18, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  10. rs


    I am a liberal. I can tell you that at best Obama is is a middle of the road politician- and he is certainly no "socialist" (not that you know what that means). Maybe it is because the GOP has spun so far out of control to the right that by comparison Obama seems lefty. Nah-it is just your rhetoric.

    September 18, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
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