Romney speech at fundraiser draws scrutiny


Catlin Bogard

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama campaign is hinting that it may have a new star for ads attacking their rival: Mitt Romney himself.
The magazine Mother Jones has released a video (which is attached below) in which Romney tells wealthy donors that almost half of all Americans "believe they are victims" entitled to extensive government support.  The GOP White House hopeful said his job "is not to worry about those people."
Romney went on to say that the group doesn't pay any federal income taxes and that he "could never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."
The Obama campaign called the comments shocking.
The Romney campaign doesn't dispute the authenticity of the video and released a statement (posed in full below the video) saying Romney wants to "help all Americans struggling in the Obama economy."
President Barack Obama faced a similar moment in the 2008 campaign, when he told donors that many Americans who are angry about their struggles "cling to their guns or religion." Romney's running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, made reference to that remark today. Ryan called the comment weird and asked a crowd in Iowa, "Who would say anything like that?" 

Statement from Romney Campaign:

"Mitt Romney wants to help all Americans struggling in the Obama economy. As the governor has made clear all year, he is concerned about the growing number of people who are dependent on the federal government, including the record number of people who are on food stamps, nearly one in six Americans in poverty, and the 23 million Americans who are struggling to find work. Mitt Romney's plan creates 12 million new jobs in four years, grows the economy and moves Americans off of government dependency and into jobs." - Gail Gitcho, Romney Campaign Communications Director