Mitt Romney stood by his comments captured on a hidden camera at a closed-door fundraiser earlier this year in which he called supporters of President Barack Obama "victims" and said they are reliant on government handouts.
In a hastily arranged news conference Monday night, he called his words "off the cuff" and "not elegantly stated," but given several opportunities to back off the comments, he did not.
Romney said he was merely talking about the "political process of drawing people into my own campaign." He described the incident as a "snippet of a question and answer session" and called on the full video to be released to show the question and his response in its full context.
Asked if he was worried that he had offended the 47 percent of people he mentioned in the statement, Romney did not back off his remarks.
"It's not elegantly stated, let me put it that way," Romney said. "I'm speaking off the cuff in response to a question, and I'm sure I can state it more clearly in a more effective way than I did in a setting like that and so I'm sure I'll point that out as time goes on."
But, he added, "It's a message which I am going to carry and continue to carry."
How dare Romney state the truth!
Why would he back off his comments when his assessment is dead-on?
Obama has waged class warfare and spewed divisive rhetoric throughout his failed presidency. Why should Romney be criticized for being realistic?
It's very sad that Obama is happy being the "food stamp" president. It's sadder that Americans on the dole are content with amassing government entitlements as their life's work.
Naturally, the Obama campaign jumped on Romney's remarks.
Here's a fundraising email, subject line - "You won't believe this":
Today we learned that Mitt Romney said this about Obama supporters to fellow millionaires at a closed-door fundraiser:"There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the President no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what...These are people who pay no income tax ...
"My job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."
The man who spoke these words -- who demonstrates such disgust and disdain for half of our fellow Americans -- is the other side's choice for president of the United States. He wants to lead our country.
If we don't come through for President Obama right now, this will be the guy making big decisions that affect us and our families every single day.
There are only 50 days left in this campaign. Please make a donation today:
Thank you for being on our side,
Obama for America
If you don't pay taxes, it's easy to demand more of taxpayers.
Taxpayers have families, too. We aren't all dependent on Obama's government.
Yes, Romney wants to lead the country. He wants to lead the country out of Obama's economic hell.
The thought of Obama, with post-election "flexibility," making decisions that affect my family is terrifying. I've had enough of Obama's way. It has been a disaster for our family.
Contrary to popular belief, government handouts don't come from Obama's stash.
If people want to get off the dole, then I don't understand why they would support Obama. He has shown he's incapable of putting in place sound economic policies to grow the private sector and provide opportunities for people to better their lives.
• 23 million Americans are out of work, have stopped looking for work, or are underemployed
• $16 trillion national debt (that’s $50,000 for every American)
• 43 straight months of 8% or higher unemployment
• 4 straight trillion dollar budget deficits in a row -- more than any other president combined
• 47 million Americans who are on food stamps.
Absolutely horrible. It's a crisis. It's a nightmare.
I think Romney's comments need to be taken in context.
A nation of "victims" is unsustainable. Period.
Nonetheless, the liberal media/Leftists are pouncing on Romney for his remarks at this "closed-door fundraiser."
In April 2008, they didn't pounce on Obama's remarks made at a "closed-door fundraiser" in San Francisco.
In his typical condescending, offensive, arrogant, cold manner, Obama claimed Americans' values are born of bitterness rather than principles.
His distaste for us, the "bitter clingers," holding fast to our guns and Bibles, is palpable.
This guy has been in the White House for four years, and he's done incredible damage to everyone.
Are we really supposed to freak out over Romney's truthful remarks about government dependency and ignore what Obama sees when he looks at us?