Washington, Sept. 19: US President Barack Obama has rebuked Republican rival Mitt Romney for calling half of all Americans ‘victims’ in a secretly recorded video, and said that anyone seeking to be president needs to work for all Americans.
Obama said that Romney was wrong to describe 47 percent of Americans as ‘victims’.
Earlier, Romney defended his remarks after secretly filmed video of his speech to donors at a fundraiser in Florida became public.
Romney said that he knew those ‘dependent on government’ would not vote for him in November’s election.
According to the BBC, he also decried the notion of government ‘redistribution’, calling it an ‘entirely foreign concept’.
The full video of the Florida fundraiser was also published by liberal investigative magazine Mother Jones.
In on interview with Fox News, Romney stood by his comments in which he said that 47 percent of Americans who do not pay income tax support Obama and would never vote for him. He said his statement was ‘about the campaign’.
“I’m talking about a perspective of individuals who are not likely to support me,” he said.
“Those that are dependent on government and those that think government’s job is to redistribute, I’m not going to get them,” Romney added.
According to the report, Obama said he told the US on election night in 2008 he would work for everyone, including those who did not vote for them.
“One thing I’ve learnt as president is you represent the entire country,” he said.
“There are not a lot of people out there who think they are victims” or simply entitled to benefits, Obama added.
According to the report, Obama rebuked Romney after more video clips emerged of him in which he said the Palestinians are ‘committed to Israel’s destruction’. (ANI)