BREAKING: Romney Responds to Secretly Recorded Video on Fox

Romney spoke to Fox's Neil Cavuto about an hour ago and defended his statements that were secretly captured on the video.

Romney responded to criticism over his 47 percent statements:

We were talking about a campaign and how he is going to get close to half the vote, and I’m going to get half the vote, approximately  I hope I will get 50.1% or more. Frankly, we have two different views about America. The president’s view is one of a larger government. There is a tape that just came out today where  the president is 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.

The tape Romney is referring to is a 1998 video clip in which Obama stated, "I actually believe in redistribution, at least at a certain level, to make sure that everybody has got a shot."

Cavuto asked Romney to respond to critics who have said he essentially called half of the country “moochers.”

Romney said:

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.

I know that there is a divide in the country about that view. I know some believe that government should take from some to give to the others. I think the president makes it clear in the tape that was released today that that’s what he believes. I think that’s an entirely foreign concept.

Watch the interview below:

AlterNet / By Alyssa Figueroa

Posted at September 18, 2012, 2:32pm

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