Vice President Joe Biden slammed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney Tuesday for comments made about Obama supporters in recently surfaced videos from a private fundraiser the former Massachusetts governor attended earlier this year. In the videos, Mr. Romney said that 47 percent of America will vote for President Barack Obama because they are “dependent upon government” and because they believe they are “victims.”
“I’ll let his words speak for themselves, ” the vice president said when a reporter asked him about the remarks, according to ABC News.
With seven weeks left before the presidential election, the political firestorm created by the videos has the Romney campaign playing defense. Mr. Romney’s comments are particularly explosive because the Michigan native was already seen by many as out of touch with ordinary Americans.
“My job is not to worry about those people,” Mr. Romney says in the leaked videos. “I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” In a late press conference Monday night, Romney responded to some of the comments made in the video, saying “It’s not elegantly stated let me put it that way I’m speaking off the cuff in response to a question and I’m sure I can state it more clearly in a more effective way than I did in a setting like that.”
Addressing reporters in California on Monday night, Mr. Romney attempted to explain his remarks. “I don’t know precisely what was asked but I think it was about my campaign and how I would be able to get a majority of voters to support me,” Mr. Romney told reporters, according to a transcript provided by The New York Times.