Fallout Continues After Secret Romney Fundraiser Video Leak
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The office of President Barack Obama, who is seeking reelection this November, offered an official statement Tuesday afternoon. According to ABC News, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, "When you're president of the United States, you are president of all the people, not just the people who voted for you.
From ABC News:
“The president certainly doesn’t think that men and women on Social Security are irresponsible or victims, that students aren’t responsible or are victims. He certainly doesn’t think that middle-class families are paying too little in taxes,” Carney told reporters of the president’s reaction.
“The broader point that you always hear him make is that … we need to come together as a country. We need to work together for what’s best for the country and best for especially the middle- class, which is the backbone of this nation.”
Watch an attack ad by the Obama campaign since the video leaked here.
Obama appeared on the "Late Show with David Letterman" Tuesday to offer a more casual response: "One thing I've learned as president is that you represent the entire country."
Watch the rest of the interview below.
Meanwhile, Mitt Romney penned an op-ed in Wednesday's USA Today, following up on Tuesday's Fox News appearance.
From The Associated Press;
"My course for the American economy will encourage private investment and personal freedom," Romney wrote in an op-ed essay in Wednesday's USA Today. "Instead of creating a web of dependency, I will pursue policies that grow our economy and lift Americans out of poverty."
It remains to be seen whether Romney's remarks at a private fundraiser, captured on hidden camera, would shake loose a dead heat that's persisted in the presidential campaign for months. An Associated Press-GfK poll out Wednesday shows an improvement in Obama's job approval rating and confidence in the country's direction, but the race is a dead heat among those most likely to vote.
The AP pointed out Romney's essay makes no mention of his claim that half of Americans believe they're victims. Demonstrating some distancing by his GOP allies, Wis. Rep. Paul Ryan said on a Reno, Nev., TV show that his running mate "was obviously inarticulate in making this point" about government dependency.
Other Republicans have come out against Romney's claim. From the AP:
"I disagree with Governor Romney's insinuation that 47 percent of Americans believe they are victims who must depend on the government for their care," Linda McMahon, the Republican candidate for a Senate seat in Connecticut, said in a statement posted to her website.
Sen. Scott Brown, facing a tough re-election race in heavily Democratic Massachusetts, said of Romney's comments, "That's not the way I view the world."
And New Mexico's Republican governor, Susana Martinez, noted in reaction to Romney's remarks that many in New Mexico live at or below the poverty level, and "that safety net is a good thing."
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