“It’s a troubling and shocking position to take, especially for a man running for president of the United States,” said Annie Kuster, a New Hampshire Democrat hoping to oust Republican Rep. Charlie Bass in one of the country’s most competitive House races. “Congressman Bass needs to make clear whether he supports this view and explain why he continues to campaign with a presidential candidate who is this out of touch with the American people.”
Romney sent a ripple down-ballot when a secretly recorded video surfaced Monday of his remarks at a fundraiser in Boca Raton, Fla. on May 17.
“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what,” Romney says in the video. “There are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that 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.”
“My job is not to worry about those people,” Romney added. “I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”
Romney has neither disavowed nor apologized for his remarks, instead casting his comment as evidence of a fundamental difference with President Barack Obama over the economy. The federal government, he said, should not “take from some to give to the others.”
But the pile-on had begun, bolstering Obama’s case that Romney does not represent a middle class struggling amid high unemployment and a sluggish economy.
Democratic candidates took their lead from Obama, who declared Tuesday night that the occupant of the Oval Office must “work for everyone, not just for some.”
Democratic candidates already were using Romney’s statements — made to a room of wealthy donors at a private fundraiser — to raise campaign cash.
The campaign of Lois Frankel, seeking an open House seat in a district that includes Boca Raton, Fla., blasted an email to supporters under the subject line “Seriously?” It asked recipients to donate because “the same people who saw Mitt behind closed doors right here in Boca” are
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