With only about seven weeks left until the presidential election the two presidential nominees are in the spotlight more than ever now, and each comment they make seems to be extremely magnified. After the interesting conventions from both parties determining who came out on time mainly depends on who you ask, but never the less both conventions gave the public a look at what each party has to offer.
Recently both Obama and Romney have been in headlines for either head scratching statements they made or avoidance of questions, but for now the attention is directed towards Mitt Romney and his recent comments that have stirred up some controversy.
Romney stated that 47% of Americans are “victims” and that they are reliant on government handouts. In a press conference on Monday September, 17, 2012 Romney talked about how he is not sorry for what he said and that he is not backing away from his recent comments.
“It was not elegantly stated, let me put it that way,” Romney said.
“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 so I’m sure I’ll point that out as time goes on, but it’s a message which I am going to carry and continue to carry,”
He also went on to mention that the remarks he made was a clear message to the contrast between President Obama’s government- centered society, and his own approach and belief to a free market. With Romney belief in a free market he also wanted to express his role as a president nominee in which he said that his role is not to worry about those 47% of people that are “victims”, because he will never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.
His recent controversy comments only add to a slightly muddy campaign for Romney in the last few weeks. Clint Eastwood delivered what some say was a “less than stellar” speech during the Republican National Convention, then the backlash of the recent Romney comments, and now the concern of the response from the Romney campaign on the issue that has occurred in Egypt and Libya.
Romney called out and blamed Obama for the results in Egypt and Libya, but his remarks may have been a bit too soon, as he was not aware that an American ambassador and three other U.S. citizens had died in Libya at that time.
This incident along with Romney’s comment on Americans being victims prompted Obama campaign manager Jim Messina to issue a video statement against Romney. It stated “If we don’t come through for president Obama right now, this will be the guy making big decisions that affect us and our families every single day.”
So as the presidential elections draws near the heated debate between the two men looks to get even hotter.
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At a press conference in California a reporter asked him if he was worried he’d offended the voters he mentioned. Romney said his comments about almost half of the American population were ‘off the cuff’, ‘not elegantly stated’ but has been revealed out of context.
Mitt Romney says: ‘We don’t even have the question given the snippet there nor the full response and I hope the person who has the video would put out the full material. But it’s a message which I’m going to carry and continue to carry which is look the president’s approach is attractive to people who aren’t not paying taxes because frankly my discussion about lowering taxes isn’t as attractive to them and therefore I’m not likely to draw them in to my campaign as effectively as those who are in the middle. This is really a discussion about the political process of winning the election and of course I want to help all Americans, all Americans, have a bright and prosperous future and I’m convinced the President’s approach has not done that and will not do that.”