A man of contradictions. Mitt Romney admits in edited recordings of a private fundraiser leaked to Mother Jones that he was born with a silver spoon - "the greatest gift you can have" - but at another point says he "inherited nothing" from his parents.
Recordings of the private Mitt Romney fundraiser published by Mother Jones - disclosure: we don't know when, exactly, they were recorded and we haven't heard the whole thing - offer an inside look at what top donors hear from Mitt Romney when the cameras aren't rolling.
He cracked a joke about how he'd be doing better in the polls if he were Latino, talked about how hard it is to convince people who voted for Obama that he's a failure, and essentially wrote off 47 percent of the population who he said will always support the president because they "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. "
These people aren't his concern, he said. http://abcn.ws/QUYWJp
It is true that about 47 percent of Americans do not pay income tax, either because they don't work or don't make enough money. But for all of them to be government-addicted victims seems a bit high.
"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."
A late evening statement from Romney spokeswoman Gail Gitcho:
"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. 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."
No Shakeup - The recordings immediately distracted D.C. journos from their stories about Mitt Romney's last-minute campaign reboot and the promise by Ed Gillespie earlier in the day to offer more specifics.
Gillespie's promise - part of what he called the "natural progression" of the campaign - came just before Romney rejected any talk of a staff shake-up.
"I've got a terrific campaign," Romney told Telemundo. "My senior campaign people work extraordinarily well together. I work well with them. Our campaign is doing well. And frankly- these process stories- take anyway from what's really of concern to the American people, which is an unemployment rate stuck above 8%, 23 million Americans out of work- millions of Americans now in poverty. I believe there's some two million more Hispanic Americans in poverty than when the president took office. These are the concerns people of America have. And they're the reason that we're in this campaign."
Muir/Friedman have been tracking that story all day - http://abcn.ws/UfGPfT
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