Romney deplores his father and himself

Romney:

Earlier in the day, Romney tried to draw a distinction between himself and Obama. ‘‘The question of this campaign is not who cares about the poor and the middle class. I do. He does,’’ Romney said at an Atlanta fund-raiser. ‘‘The question is who can help the poor and the middle class. I can. He can’t.’’

Romney has said he was talking on the video about support for his campaign, a point he returned to Wednesday at the Miami forum hosted by the Spanish-language television network Univision.

‘‘I know that I’m not going to get 100 percent of the vote and my campaign will focus on those people we think we can bring in to support me, but this is a campaign about helping people who need help,’’ Romney said.

Romney:

There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, 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 that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax.

Romney went on: “[M]y job is is not to worry about those people. I’ll  never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care  for their lives.”

Romney:

“This is a campaign about the 100 percent,” Romney said at the forum, the first time in five days that he had a public event in a battleground state. “And over the last several years you’ve seen greater and greater divisiveness in this country. We had hoped to come back together, but instead you’ve seen us pulled apart, and politics has driven us apart in some respects.”

Romney’s mother:

“[George Romney] was on welfare relief for the first years of his life. But this great country gave him opportunities,” Lenore Romney said in the video, which apparently dates back to George Romney’s 1962 run for governor of Michigan.

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