“They believe they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing […] and the government should give it to them” – Mitt Romney at a fundraiser earlier this year.
This comment is now the target of even more controversy for the Romney/Ryan 2012 campaign. In this video, Chuck Todd draws parallels to this comment and President Obama’s 2008 “cling to their guns” comment. NBC Nightly news anchor Brian Williams introduces the “surreptitious” video by saying “…it is going to raise eyebrows, when heard.”
David Corn discusses the comments on Hardball with Chris Matthews:
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,’ entitled to handouts, and are unwilling to take ‘personal responsibility’ for their lives. It’s hard to serve as president for all Americans when you’ve disdainfully written off half the nation.” – Obama campaign manager Jim Messina’s reaction to the comments.