Washington, Sept. 19: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been severely rebuked by commentators and the media after he called lower paid Americans ‘victims’.
The media coverage on Romney was almost entirely negative. The New York Daily News on its front page gave the headline ‘Mitt Hits the Fan’.
According to the Guardian, the Obama campaign quickly rebuked Romney’s remarks, with White House press secretary Jay Carney telling reporters that Obama was the president of all the people, not just those who voted for him.
Americans have also attacked Romney for his comments with one woman saying: “I actually felt sick to my stomach”.
The reaction of conservatives will cause the Romney campaign the most concern with some labelling his presidential bid as the most inept they have seen in half a century, the paper said.
According to the report, the influential editor of the conservative Weekly Standard William Kristol described Romney’s comments as ‘arrogant and stupid’ and hinted he should stand down, and the ticket should now be headed by his running mate Paul Ryan, with senator Marco Rubio as his vice-presidential candidate.
Mark McKinnon, who was one of John McCain’s campaign advisers in the 2008 campaign and one of the few Republican strategists to go on the record, told the Hill magazine: “It’s a kidney shot because it reveals a very cynical view. He’s pushing independent voters out the door.”
Romney has defended his comments saying that he had been speaking ‘off the cuff’, while at the same time admitting that his comments were not ‘elegantly stated’. (ANI)