Hidden camera controversy
The Mesa County Republicans and Democrats react to Mitt Romney's actions.
A hidden camera is causing a lot of controversy for Mitt Romney’s campaign. The candidate was caught on a recording calling the American people “victims” at a private fundraiser.
The Mesa County Republicans believe this is not an issue for the Romney-Ryan ticket, and this is just a way for the Obama Administration to keep Americans’ attention off the current Libya situation.
But the local democrats say people need to be extra careful with what they say with in this viral media generation.
At a private event Mitt Romney said that he will not get 47% of the votes come November. People he says will vote for President Obama because their dependant on government.
Romney said it's not his job to worry about these people because he will never convince them to take personal responsibility and care for their lives.
Republicans believe that even if Romney knew he was being filmed, he would have said the same thing.
But the democrats say this is him showing his true colors.
“The 9,000 students at Mesa probably don't pay federal income tax,” Mesa County Dems co-chair Karl Castleton said. “Would you say that every student at Colorado Mesa University is not taking ownership of their life is not taking responsibility of their life? It’s just a crazy number he shouldn't have said it.”
“That's actually two percent lower. I’ve investigated online and it's about 49.1% of all households in the United States receive a check from the government every month,” Mesa County Republicans second vice chair Kevin McCarney said. “It's an amazing figure, and it's a depressive figure.”
The leaked video did give the Obama administration a chance to capitalize on the incident.
A campaign manager wrote a statement saying “it's shocking that a candidate for president of the United States would go behind closed doors and declare to a group of wealthy donors that half the American people view themselves as 'victims.'
Romney did call an immediate news conference in California to respond to the video. He said his comments were not well stated, but he did not back away from them.
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