Romney on Leaked Video: Comments Were “Not Elegantly Stated” and “Off the Cuff”

Sep 17, 2012
10:38 pm

Last week, we posted a clip from a leaked video where Mitt Romney was joking about why he wish he were Latino.

It appears that the clip was part of a larger video that Mother Jones published today, where Romney also says the following:

There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the 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. That that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax. [M]y job is is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.

Tonight, the Associated Press reported the following: Romney has said that his comment about Americans as "victims" was not "elegantly stated" and that the comment was made "off the cuff."

No apology. No denial that he said those comments. Just that he did state them "elegantly" and they were "off the cuff." Here is a quick video of what Romney said tonight to reporters (recorded from MSNBC):

Holly Bailey of Yahoo News tweeted the following about the press conference:

Earlier tonight, the Romney campaign issued a statement:

"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," Romney spokesperson Gail Gitcho said in a statement. "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."