Romney campaign stands behind '47 percent' comments
John Roberts reports from Atlanta
- Duration 3:40
- Date Sep 19, 2012
John Roberts reports from Atlanta
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New battle of the tapes in the race for the White House Jon Scott about all the tapes.
You or not nobody -- different -- different market days -- everybody I'm generally as governor Romney stands squarely behind those secretly recorded comments.
That 47% of voters are dependent on the government.
The president is now dealing with his own words on tape coming back to -- -- back from way back in 1998.
He was then state Senator Obama talking about spreading the wealth take a listen.
We structure -- government systems that.
And hence facilitate some redistribution because I actually believe in redistribute.
At least at a certain level to make sure that.
Everybody's got shot.
Got Robertson live in Atlanta with more for -- now hi John.
-- good morning to Mitt Romney is here is going to be at the Marriott in downtown Atlanta just over my shoulder about 1230 per thousand dollar a plate fund raiser.
As his campaign launches a vigorous counterattack against criticisms.
Of his comments back in May that he believes 47% of the country's looking for some sort of -- -- -- taking specific game.
At those comments from now President Obama back in 1990 Avery said he believes in redistribution.
-- an op Ed today in the USA today Mitt Romney writes it's a choice between recovery vs dependency saying quote.
Since our founding America has promoted personal responsibility.
The dignity of work in the value of education those values made our nation in the hope -- the earth and our economy the envy of the world.
And at an event in Dallas last night the governor took specific game and then state senator Obama's comments about redistribution here's what he -- This idea that the president has -- a redistributing I know there are some people in our country who want it.
I have I have a government take from some to give to the others they'd like to be the others that are on the receiving end of that and and and feel that they re distribution model makes sense I believe instead the role of government.
Is to help those who need help what we're compassionate people there's someone that needs help we we help them.
At the same time the RNC is that with the new web video that marries the president's 1998 comments with the now famous comment about we can -- that try to work -- a portrait.
But the president who -- government -- as a benefactor for the American people.
John what is the president's campaign aides -- the response from the campaign.
-- all of this is really happened over the last 48 hours.
Yeah as we've seen in the last day and they continue again today they're hitting Mitt Romney hard on what he said back in May because it's another chance for them to talk about anything other than the economy.
And they have a new web ad out today that takes aim.
Not a bit Romney's policies but it has at his character have a look at.
I think the fact that Romney's.
He'd always kind of stories that we -- -- -- I just think it -- sends a bad message and I think it's not the person that I would want representing me.
Now at the same time that the Obama campaign is attacking the governor he is getting a lot of support from his fellow Republicans people like Rush Limbaugh Donald Trump say that the president Mitt Romney should not apologize.
For what he said back in May rather he should use it as a pivot point to press forward with his campaign really highlight the differences between himself and the president and it should be noted.
That despite all of this in the last couple of days the Gallup daily tracking poll still has the candidates running almost neck and neck 47% for President Obama 46%.
For Mitt Romney would appear at least Jenna according to Gallup that any bounce the president got out of his convention has all but disappear.
Some good contacts for -- today John thank you.