Mitt Romney Responds to Leaked Video From Private Fundraiser

Republican nominee clarifies his comments about low income voters.
3:00 | 09/17/12

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Transcript for Mitt Romney Responds to Leaked Video From Private Fundraiser
Good evening. I understand that there's a a video that's been on the Internet for a few weeks that -- Attracted some attention and I -- it make some comments about it. Apparently it's got a snippet. A question and answer session at a fundraiser event. It doesn't capture the question so I don't know precisely what was asked. But I think it was about my campaign. And how I'd be able to get the majority of voters to -- to support me. -- by the way whoever has released the snippets would but certainly appreciate if they've released the whole tape and so we could see all of it. I believe the point -- made as the president starts out with today. Large number of the voters 474849%. Something like that these are people who are in his camp. And they'll vote for him almost no matter what and I also have a large number of people who will vote for me almost no matter what at least I hope so. And and the my campaign effort is to focus on the people in the middle the people I will try and draw into my campaign are largely people who voted for Barack Obama last time around. But who want to have as part of my campaign to become successful so what's it it's a question and -- -- call about the process of the campaign. And and how I'm gonna get the fifty -- 52% I need and I point out it's by focusing on those folks that are neither in his camp. Nor in my camp. Of course there's a very different. Approached of the two different campaigns. As I point out I recognize that among those that. Pay no tax approximately 47% of Americans I'm not likely to be highly successful with a message of lowering taxes that's not. As attracted to those who don't pay income taxes as it is to those who do. And likewise those who are reliant on government are not -- attracted to my message of slimming down the size of government. And and so -- then focus on those individuals who I believe are most likely to be able to be pulled in in my camp and help me win the 51 -- Fifty point 1% that I need to become the next president. This is of course something I'd talk about a good deal and rallies and speeches and so forth which is the president and I have very different approaches. To the future of America. And what it takes to ignite our economy and put people back to work. The president believes in what -- described as a government centered society. Where government plays a larger and larger role provides for more and more of the needs of individuals. And I happen to believe instead today a free enterprise free individual society. Where people pursuing their dreams are able to employ one another build enterprises build the strongest economy in the world. I happen to believe that my approach is the approach that will put 23 million people back to work again. We've watched the results of the president's approach over the last three and a half for years. And his government centric. Larger and larger government approach has meant that we have fifteen million more people on food stamps. 23 million people out of work or stop looking for worker. Under employed. We have had 43 straight months with unemployment. About 8%. In my view is that the right approach for our nation is not to adopt a government centered approach but instead a free free people free enterprise free market consumer driven approach and that will build the strongest economy. For ourselves and for the coming generations. Yes. It. Ain't that pretty active and and -- seven -- we're willing to take responsibility. But our own lives in her future any response to that -- little. -- you he said a number of things there and the the answer is that I'm talking about the Poe a political process of drawing people in -- my campaign. Of course individuals -- gonna take responsibility for their life -- my campaign is about helping people take more responsibility. And becoming. Employed again particularly those that don't have. Don't have work at this whole campaign is focused on getting people jobs again putting people back to work. That this is ultimately -- a question about direction for the country. Do you believe in a government centered society the provides more more benefits. Or do you believe instead in a free enterprise society where people are able to pursue their dreams I believe the latter. Will help more people get good jobs this is a campaign fundamentally about how to help the middle class in America. And how to bring people out of poverty into the middle class. And we've seen the results of the last 34 years. And it has not worked my approach would get twelve million new jobs and rising take home pay. Casting. A stepping away from anything you've said that you are not backing away from it. And -- you are you offended this 47%. You mention. Well. But you know it's not elegantly stated let me put it that way and speaking off the -- in response to -- a question and -- I'm sure I can state it more clearly and in -- more effective way. That I that I did -- setting like that. And so while I'm Sharaud a point that out as time goes on but. We don't even have to question given the snippet there nor the full response and I I hope the person who has the video would put out that the full. That the full material. But it say it's a message what -- which I'm -- -- carry and continue to carry which is what. That the president's approach is attractive to people who are not paying taxes because frankly might. The discussion about lowering taxes is and is attracted to them and their four. I'm not likely to draw them in them -- campaign as effectively as those who were in the middle that this is really discussion about about the political process of of winning the election. And -- of course I want to help all Americans. All Americans have a bright and prosperous future and I'm convinced that the president's approach has not done that and will not do that here. Now the second time -- made comments that fund raiser to donors that are different from what you semi trailer from the policy released and at least in this case in terms of tone. What assurances can you give the voters pitcher not saying different things to people on your campaign and what you're saying it out in public -- if you're coming about fundraisers. And at this is the same message that I give to people which is that. We have a very different approach the president and -- between a government dominated society. And a society driven by free people pursuing their dreams I'm talking about the process of -- campaigns typically I don't talk about process. In in speeches because. I think candidates are wiser to talk about policy in their vision that that -- talk about how they're gonna win an election at a at a fundraising you have people say governor are you gonna win this. And and so I respond well the president has his group I have my group I wanna keep my -- strong and motivated and I want to get those people in the middle. That's something which which fundraising people who worked parting with their monies are very Anderson -- knowing can you win or not and that's what this was addressing.

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