Presidential Debates 2012: Obama, Romney Set to Spar Amid Video Controversy


Ben LaBolt, a top Obama spokesman, accused "Mitt Romney's allies" of a "transparent attempt to change the subject from [Romney's] comments attacking half of the American people. ... The only thing shocking about this is that they apparently think it's wrong to suggest that we should help returning veterans, children leaving foster care and other members of Mitt Romney's 47 percent get training that will allow them to find the best available jobs."

The Romney camp offered a more thorough review this morning, however.

"The American people will view this video and draw their own conclusions," the campaign source told ABC News. "President Obama's views shape his policies, and his policies have been devastating for our economy. In regards to his comments on Katrina -- just as we did following the tragic 9/11 attacks, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the American people responded with billions in tax dollars and private charity to help rebuild New Orleans, Louisiana and Mississippi because we are one family and we care for our fellow citizens."

Meanwhile, the Huffington Post has turned up a new video of its own. Recorded in November 2011, it shows future GOP vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan telling attendees of The American Spectator magazine's Robert L. Bartley Gala Dinner that just "70 percent of Americans want the American dream."

"They believe in the American idea," Ryan says. "Only 30 percent want the welfare state. Before too long, we could become a society where the net majority of Americans are 'takers,' not 'makers.'"

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