Mitt Romney's foot is getting used to landing in his mouth.
Now the Republican nominee for President is shown telling donors at a private fundraiser that Obama supporters are basically sucking on the teets of the government, paying no taxes and getting everything for free. This comes from a series of leaked videos that were originally posted on Mother Jones.
Romney told those attending the fundraiser that he didn't need to worry about convincing the 47% of voters that were Obama supporters because they are "dependent upon government" and believe that they are "victims" who think that they are "entitled to health care, to food, to housing to you-name-it." He finished up this barrage of insults by saying "these are people who pay no taxes."
Now Romney is standing by to the statements he made but with an embarrassed smile, seeming like a little boy who has just been caught with his hand in the cookie jar. He said that he could have been more eloquent, and used the excuse that he was speaking "off the cuff." Yet some remarks, like this one, would seem to indicate quite a bit of forethought before actually saying them aloud. "My job is not to worry about those people," Romney said about Obama's supporters. "I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."
The Obama Campaign released a statement about Romney's remarks. "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," said a statement by the Obama campaign. "It's hard to serve as president for all Americans when you've disdainfully written off half the nation."
Mitt Romney might become President, although at this point it seems unlikely. However, even if he does win this election, he is going to have half of the country hating his guts before he even takes the oath of office.
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