Will Romney's claim he's for '100 percent' help him bounce back? (+video)
After a video leaked showing Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney saying 47 percent of Americans are dependent upon government, the candidate tried to recover Wednesday, saying his campaign was about helping '100 percent' of Americans.
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Romney's campaign argues that Obama has presided over a stagnant economy and that this has forced more Americans to rely on food stamps and other government assistance.
The controversial video, recorded in May at a luxurious Florida home and released by the liberal magazine Mother Jones, shows Romney telling wealthy campaign donors that 47 percent of Americans would back Obama no matter what. "I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives," he says.
The remarks fed into a perception that multimillionaire Romney has battled throughout the campaign: that he is insensitive to the struggles of less wealthy Americans. They drew condemnation from Democrats and an array of Republicans, including congressional candidates and conservative columnists.
Trying to deflect attention from the video, Republicans are pointing to a 1998 recording that surfaced this week of Obama discussing his belief in "a certain level" of wealth distribution.
"Mitt Romney and I are not running to redistribute the wealth. Mitt Romney and I are running to help Americans create wealth," Romney's vice presidential running mate, Paul Ryan, said at a campaign event in Danville, Virginia.
Romney had hoped to spend the week fleshing out his plan to bolster the economy, until the video went viral on Monday and pushed the campaign into damage-control mode. It came on the heels of a Politico report about dysfunction in his campaign and a statement on strife in theMiddle East that was widely criticized as unstatesmanlike.