Last night, Mitt Romney called a press conference in an attempt to get ahead of remarks he made on a secretly recorded fundraiser where he spoke his mind about President Obama’s supporters. During the press conference he made no apologies, when pressed, the most he conceded to was how it was stated.
“It’s not elegantly stated, let me put it that way. I was speaking off the cuff in response to a question. And I’m sure I could state it more clearly in a more effective way than I did in a setting like that,” Romney said. “Of course I want to help all Americans. All Americans have a bright and prosperous future.” CBSNews.com 9/18/2012
Obama’s campaign quickly seized on the reports Monday, calling Romney’s comments “shocking.”
“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,” said Obama campaign manager Jim Messina in a statement.