Romney: Yes, 'I can'
September 19th, 2012
02:18 PM ET
7 years ago

Romney: Yes, 'I can'

Atlanta (CNN) - Mitt Romney fought back Wednesday after two of the most difficult days of his campaign, and argued Wednesday "I can" do more for the poor and middle class than President Obama.

In a speech to donors in Atlanta the GOP presidential nominee seemed to address concerns he had written off some voters during a May fund-raiser, when he said 47% of voters are dependent on government and unlikely to support his campaign.

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Since that leaked video broke Monday, Romney has stood by his remarks but called them "not elegantly stated."

On Wednesday Romney took a new tack, setting up a comparison between himself and President Obama.

"The question of this campaign is not who cares about the poor and the middle class? I do. He does," Romney said in a fiery address that came as the leaked videos topped headlines for the third day. "The question is who can help the poor and the middle class? I can! He can't!"

The Republican candidate renewed his criticism of the president over another opposition-leaked video, this time of Obama. The 1998 tape shows the then-state senator endorsing "redistribution."

"I know there are some who believe that if you simply take from some and give to others then we'll all be better off. It's known as redistribution. It's never been a characteristic of America," Romney said. "There's a tape that came out just a couple of days ago where the president said yes he believes in redistribution. I don't."

Romney has continued a fund-raising heavy schedule this week, with donor events in California, Utah, Texas and Georgia. He will address voters in a public campaign event in Florida Wednesday evening.

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  1. Mack

    Look on the bright side MItt, after you lose you can go back to destroying companies and shipping jobs overseas.

    September 19, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. FactCheck

    I find it amazing that there are still people that are unable to understand the similarities between the operation of good business and a good government.

    George W Bush was a great businessman when he was part owner of the Texas Rangers.

    How'd that work out for you?

    September 19, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  3. Good Luck With That

    Romney is trying to compare an edited clip of Obama saying something 14 years ago in 1998 that when taken in full context most Americans would agree with, to a complete video of him at fundraiser a few months ago secretly telling a room packed with millionaires that half of the country are deadbeats and freeloaders with a victimization complex.

    Why does this all sound so familiar, you ask? Well, back in 2008, John McCain and winkin' Sarah Palin (you know, the airhead that McCain chose for VP running mate because she was a better choice than Mitt Romney) had also used that same stupid word to try to sway voters with that same line of bull crap. McCain and Palin have already gone around the country and told everybody that Obama was running to be the "redistributionist in chief." Sarah Palin actually didn't mince words and actually came right out and called Obama a socialist (wink, wink).

    It worked so well for them that Romney is destined to follow in their footsteps.

    He's a real nowhere man sitting in his nowhere land, making all his nowhere plans for nobody.

    September 19, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  4. Craig RB

    The only thing Romney would do in regards to the "poor" would be to increase their ranks as his policies would decimate the middle class.

    September 19, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
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