Mitt Romney isn’t denying – or apologizing for – comments that he made to donors at a $50,000 per plate closed-door fundraiser in Boca Raton, Florida that were secretly recorded and leaked to the press.
FOX News Radio’s Jared Halpern has details from Washington:
The Republican nominee is trying to explain an answer he gave supporters at a closed-door fundraiser back in May, describing Americans who don’t pay any Federal income tax as people who see themselves as “victims.”
(Romney – Tape) “So my job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them.”
The answer was secretly recorded, then obtained and released by Mother Jones.
(Romney) “By the way, whoever has released the snippets, I’d certainly appreciate it if they’d release the whole tape.”
Romney saying in a news conference last night his message has always been about two different approaches between his and the President’s.
In Washington, Jared Halpern, FOX News Radio.
LISTEN to more of the recording from the video, posted on Mother Jones:
“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. I mean, the President starts of with 48…49…48…he starts off with a huge number. These are people who pay no income tax, 47 percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn’t connect. He’ll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich, and that’s what they sell every four years. And so my job is not to worry about those people, I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. What I have to do is convince the five-to-ten percent in the center, that are Independents, that are thoughtful, that look at voting one way or the other depending upon, in some cases, emotion, whether they like the guy or not.”
Tuesday morning, Mother Jones released more video from the fundraiser. In the new release, Romney talks about foreign policy, specifically about the prospects, or lack thereof, for peace in the Middle East.
LISTEN to some of the second release posted by Mother Jones:
“And I look at the Palestinians not wanting to see peace anyway, for political purposes, committed to the destruction and elimination of Israel, and these thorny issues, and I say, ‘There’s just no way.’ And so what you do is you say, you move things along the best way you can, you hope for some degree of stability, but you recognize that this is going to remain an unsolved problem. I mean, we live with that in China and Taiwan. Alright, we have a potentially volatile situation but we sort of live with it, and we kick the ball down the field and hope that ultimately, somehow, something will happen and resolve it. We don’t go to war to try and resolve it imminently.”
WATCH more of Romney’s response late Monday night:
READ a statement from the Obama campaign about the video release:
“It’s shocking that a candidate for President of the United States would go behind closed doors and declare to a group of wealthy donors that half the American people view themselves as ‘victims,’ entitled to handouts, and are unwilling to take ‘personal responsibility’ for their lives. It’s hard to serve as president for all Americans when you’ve disdainfully written off half the nation.”