Mitt Romney Responds to '47 Percent' Comment

GOP candidate campaigns from behind President Obama in battleground state of Ohio.
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We saw the two men who want to be president pour it on today, in the same state, same time. It's the must-win battleground state of ohio and 41 days before your voice, your vote. President obama campaigning there as well as the challenger under so much pressure. Today abc's david muir went one-on-one with mitt romney not long ago and he's here now. David. Reporter: Diane, good evening from ohio where I did talk with the governor moments ago. I asked about the brand-new poll numbers out today and they were not good. A reality check for the romney caaign. I asked if the secret video and wealthy donors is playing a rolle in bringing those numbers down. We'll win ohio again. We'll finish what we started. We'll win in ohio. Take back america. Reporter: Call it the buckeye brawl. Perhaps the biggest punch from the newest poll. Romney trailing president obama by 10 points in ohio. Down by 9 points in florida. Just before we came on the air we asked the governor about those numbers. Curious about what your donors might think what the fact this it could be sleeping away? I'm pleased with some polls. Polls go up and some go down. There's some that believe this is a reflection of that videotape last week. Talking about the donor, talking about the 47%. My job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsible. I'm curious who exactly you're talking about there? I think if you look at the national polls you see I'm tied in the national polls. You said those people should take greater personal responsibility. It's a political process. I don't expect to get 100% of the vote. I hope to get 50-plus percent and make sure I become the next president. Reporter: In the wake of that video romney out with a new ad. President obama and I care about poor and middle class families. The difference is my policies will make things better for them. Reporter: Tonight the president continued to take aim. I don'tieve we can get very far with leader whose write off half the nation with a bunch of victims who never take responsibility for their own lives. I don't see a lot of victims. I see hard-working ohioans. That's what I see. Reporter: Also revealed in the new poll a huge deficit for romney among women. The president with a 25% lead in ohio and 20% lead in florida. We asked about his most powerful surrogate his wife. We heard from your wife, ann who responded to criticism within your own party. Stop it. You want to try it get in the ring. I know you heard it all before. You heard your wife that fired up about the incoming fire. I think it's what you say to your wife. Ann is a very strong character. She doesn't like when people go after me. I'm just fine. I got broad shoulders. Reporter: About that criticism from within their own party, I did ask the governor if there's any changes in store at his campaign. He said we're always tweaking message but no changes as far as staffing is concerned. As we were taking off the microphones he joked if there's a change at the top it's going to be my wife I put in charge. Thank you so much. David muir reporting from ohio tonight.

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