'Victims' remark a problem for Mitt Romney?
Reaction from Roll Call's David Drucker
- Duration 4:48
- Date Sep 18, 2012
Reaction from Roll Call's David Drucker
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How many -- governor Mitt Romney is also reacting to a video that surfaced from a private event held back in May.
In the -- governor Romney is speaking at a private fund -- talking about the 47% of Americans who he says won't vote for him.
Because they're on government or because they are dependent on government.
He's standing by those comments although he admits they were not elegantly stated and were off the cuff listen to a portion of that tape now.
There -- The people who won't tell us.
Leave -- there yeah.
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To -- here -- how good these days that's an -- Good.
After all this president.
David Drucker is the associate politics editor for roll call Mitt Romney is getting hammered in the media this morning -- these comments that he made -- this private fund raiser.
You know -- those attacks will continue how big a deal is it David.
Well it's not helpful at a time when he would like to focus on his message time attacking the president.
And I'm getting voters to focus on what the president is doing wrong in his view it doesn't help to have the media focused on remarks that he made that.
He has to explain -- -- ultimately be politically determinative of how the election ends up no.
Are we -- end of focusing on something else in the next couple of days yes.
And I I would also say that that this is the kind of statement that is probably going to upset the you know -- as we've seen in the polls that.
46% 49% of voters who look as though they're gonna support the president.
It's not gonna support the same percentage of voters who look as though they're gonna support Mitt Romney.
So I don't ultimately think this is that.
Huge of a problem the only issue is that getting this close to the election you don't like to lose days where you can be on offense against your opponent.
And to that extent it's a problem.
Well he did -- all the news kept our conference yesterday.
In which he.
Essentially said yeah I I was speaking my mind I didn't say -- so eloquently about that's the way I feel here is his -- here's his take on.
We've watched the results of the president's approach over the last three and a half four years.
And his government centric larger and larger government approach has meant that we have fifteen million more people on food stamps.
23 million people -- -- work or stop looking for worker underemployed.
We have had 43 straight months with unemployment.
In my view is that the right approach for our nation is not to adopt a government centered approach but instead a free free people free enterprise free market consumer driven approach.
And then mistress.
And they say it's shocking that a candidate for president of the United States would go behind closed doors and -- 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 disdain fully written off.
Half the nation that from the campaign manager Jim Messina.
How is that is different if at all David from when President Obama as a candidate said at a private events.
That Americans were out there clinging to their guns and religion.
I don't think it's really all that different at all -- that at the time that those remarks got a lot of attention people wondered if it would change.
The trajectory of the campaign as you know the kind of people that were supporting Obama at the time they're gonna hear this and oh my god -- won't like -- and as it turned out.
It didn't bother them all that much he still did very well with working class voters working class whites the kind of people in Pennsylvania and Ohio that supposedly he was going to offended.
And I think given the state of the economy given how people feel about the president those opinions are pretty fixed.
This isn't going to change anything what Romney said and and I'd add that there's a large percentage of the country that agrees with him whether they're middle class.
Voters who lean to the right are conservative.
Mark culturally conservative even even some lower class voters who think that people rely on government far too much.
And I don't think it.
What he said though in -- -- and on helpful is going to turn off the half of the country that already supports him is still gets down to -- contest.
For the few swing voters and undecideds that are out there and -- finally John I'd say this that the president has also had a few -- whether it was.
You know you didn't build this or the private -- doing fine and the president is yet still doing fine.
So I don't know how much this changes things all right David Drucker interest in perspective David thanks.