Within the space of a few minutes, Romney managed to potentially offend the elderly, veterans, students, Latinos and other demographic groups, most of whom do, in fact, pay some taxes and have earned their entitlements. In a remark that sounded especially callous from someone who claims that as president he would represent all Americans, he said: "My job is not to worry about those people."
One of the most destructive aspects of the video is the contrast between what he says in public and in private, opening him up to accusations of hypocrisy.
The Guardian: Romney suffers fresh blow in second day of fallout from leaked video, September 18, 2012
But Republicans, too, were quick criticize Mr. Romney as many continued to express concern that Mr. Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, was letting the opportunity to defeat Mr. Obama slip away.
Some Republican candidates sought to distance themselves from Mr. Romney’s comments. In Connecticut, Linda E. McMahon, the Republican candidate for the Senate, denounced Mr. Romney’s videotaped remarks, saying she is “sympathetic” to the economic struggles of American families.
“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,” Ms. McMahon said in a statement posted on her campaign Web site. “I know that the vast majority of those who rely on government are not in that situation because they want to be.”
William Kristol, the editor of the Weekly Standard, a conservative magazine, said he still hoped Mr. Romney would win in November, but called Mr. Romney’s comments during the fund-raiser “arrogant and stupid.”
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