Obama camp: Romney's comment 'exact opposite' of Obama's 2008 guns and religion remark

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Cutter's comments come the day after Mother Jones magazine posted video of Romney at a closed fundraiser saying that 47 percent of Americans are "dependent" on government and would never vote for him over Obama.


The snippets of video captured of the May 17 fundraiser has put Romney on the defensive, and observers have compared the remarks to ones made by Obama at an April fundraiser in 2008 in which he said that some Americans who were not inclined to vote for him "cling to their guns or religion."

Democrats have been hammering Romney on his remarks. The GOP presidential nominee attempted to do damage control late Monday, saying the comments were "not elegantly stated." Romney did, however, say that his comments represented "the same message I give to people" publicly.

Cutter echoed the Democratic critique when she said Romney's comments show that he's essentially "written off" half of the country.

"I think it's very troubling that Mitt Romney went behind closed doors to basically say 'there's a reason that my policies help people like myself, because I don't care about the other 47 percent,'" she noted. "Well, that other 47 percent — you know, half of all seniors don't pay taxes. We're talking about veterans coming home getting veterans benefits. You know it's extremely troubling that you're running to be president of the United States and you've written off half of the country."