WATCH: Ann Romney on Mitt's Moocher Comments; Hubby 'Doesn't Need to Do This For a Job'

In an effort to do a little damage control on Mitt's infamous categorization of Obama voters -- and 47 percent of the U.S. population -- as freeloaders, Ann Romney took to the airwaves, giving an interview (video) to the local Fox station in Denver. But she may have done more harm than good, for, after intitially posting video of the interview on its official campaign YouTube channel, the Romney campaign abruptly removed it, according to BuzzFeed's Zeke Miller.

After assuring the anchor who conducted the interview that Mitt had no "disdain for the poor," in interview Eli Stokol's phrase, Ann Romney explained why women, especially, should vote for her husband. As a woman, Mrs. Romney said, "I want to know what motivates the person that I would be voting for, and I would say what motivates Mitt is that he cares. This is a guy that obviously doesn’t need to do this for a job."

Wow. I feel better already. So, apparently the reason that Barack Obama is running for the presidency is because of the big bucks that come from that government salary -- a job he won, according to Mitt Romney, because a bunch of moochers thinks Obama will fill their coffers with more of that government dough.

Mrs. Romney also contends that her husband's comments about the 47 percent are being "misinterpreted" and "taken out of context," and that all he wants to do is prevent more people from "being dependent on government."

Here's a partial transcript; video is linked here, and appears below. (Transcribed by me; emphasis added.) 

ANN ROMNEY: If you listen to the whole context of what Mitt talks about, he is talking about what’s happening right now in America, and how more and more people are falling into poverty -- more, in particular, women are falling into poverty. And so there is a concern on his part, which is why he’s running. It’s to make sure to bring better economic opportunities for everyone.

And, you know, I know the guy, I know him really well, I know he really cares, so it’s unfortunate when something gets misinterpreted like this, or when something gets taken out of context. Because if you really do listen to everything that he does say, he’s talking about what we’re facing in America right now. We’re facing some really difficult situations, and if we don’t take corrective measures soon, then more and more people will become dependent on government -- and that is not what he wants. He wants to have more economic opportunity for people, he wants to have better jobs for people, he does not want to have more people being dependent on government.

ELI STOKOLS: So he wasn’t expressing any disdain for people who are poor, or who are on entitlement programs at this point.

AR: Absolutely not. Absolutely not. Totally not so.


[As a woman voter,] I want to know what motivates the person that I would be voting for, and I would say what motivates Mitt is that he cares. This is a guy that obviously doesn’t need to do this for a job. I mean, he honestly believes that he can help many Americans by having the experience that he has, and the ability to understand the economy, to bring more certainty to more Americans, especially to women.

AlterNet / By Adele M. Stan

Posted at September 18, 2012, 10:30pm

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