WATCH: Mitt Romney's First Interview Since "47 Percent" Video Released
Today on Fox News Channel's Your World, Mitt Romney sat down with Neil Cavuto to react to the firestorm created once a secretly taped video hit the airwaves, showing the GOP presidential nominee making comments at a Florida event earlier this year.
He can be heard in the footage saying:
“There are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what.”
At a press conference Monday night, the former Massachusetts governor defended the remarks, saying they were not "elegantly stated." However, his critics did not back down from attacks.
This afternoon, Romney further reacted, telling Cavuto that he believes in free enterprise as the only way to build a strong middle class and create growth, not redistributing wealth.
Romney said, “Frankly, we have two very different views about America. The president’s view is one of a larger government. There’s a tape that just came out today with the president saying he likes redistribution. I disagree. I think a society based upon a government-centered nation […] that’s the wrong course for America. That will not build a strong America or help people out of poverty.”
He acknowledged that there are military members and retirees who are not paying taxes and that is as it should be. However, Romney said, “I do believe that we should have enough jobs and enough take home pay such that people have the privilege of higher incomes that allow them to be paying taxes. I think people would like to be paying taxes […] The problem right now is, you see in this country so many people have fallen into poverty that they’re not paying taxes.”
Cavuto asked Romney to respond to critics who say that he all but called 47 percent of the country “moochers.” He answered, “No, I’m talking about a perspective of individuals who I’m not likely to get to support me. I recognize that those people who are not paying income tax are going to say, gosh this provision that Mitt keeps talking about, lowering income taxes, that’s not going to be real attractive to them. And those that are dependent on government and those that think government’s job is to redistribute, I’m not going to get them.”
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