Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., said that the leaked video of remarks by Mitt Romney that suggested that 47 percent of Americans who rely on some government benefits saw themselves as “victims” and would not support the Republican candidate, was “political analysis at a fundraiser, but not a governing philosophy.”
Appearing on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, Ayotte sought to deflect criticism that Romney’s remarks showed the candidate as out of touch and unsympathetic to a large portion of the electorate. Under President Obama, Ayotte said, “we've added 15 million to the food stamp rolls. We now have 47 million people on food stamps.” Citing “43 straight months of over 8 percent unemployment,” and increasing evidence that people are “leaving the work force,” Ayotte said that Romney’s goal is to get people off food stamps and into good jobs.
Ayotte appeared alongside Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, a Democrat and Obama surrogate who said, “It’s just shocking to me that a candidate could aspire to be president by turning his back on half the country.”
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