OTTUMWA, Iowa - Vice President Joe Biden had little to say Tuesday about the recently surfaced videos which show GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney saying 47 percent of the country will vote for President Obama because they believe they are "victims" and are "dependent upon government."
When asked by reporters what he thought about the video and comments, Biden said, "I'll let his words speak for themselves."
A reporter asked Biden when he saw the video, but the press was ushered away from the ropeline at that time by Biden's staff.
The vice president made no mention of Romney's controversial comments during his event at the Bridge View Center in Ottumwa, which was attended by 476, people according to the Ottumwa deputy fire chief.
The video of Romney candidly speaking at a fundraiser first surfaced Monday evening after Mother Jones magazine posted the leaked videos in which Romney said 47 percent of voters will vote for Obama "no matter what" because they are people "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 healthcare, 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."
"My job is not to worry about those people," Romney says in the video. "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."
In Burlington, Iowa, yesterday prior to the release of the videos, Biden dismissed the notion promoted by some Republicans who say the country is fostering a "culture of dependency."
"They talk about, as they did at the convention, this culture of dependency in America that's arriving. America in decline," Biden said at the Port of Burlington Monday. "Well, folks, I don't recognize the country they're talking about. I don't live in a country that's dependent or declining."