Lawmakers, Candidates, K St. React to Romney Video
This post has been updated. It was originally published at 3:48 p.m.
Even before the full Mitt Romney fundraising video was released by Mother Jones, members of Congress, candidates and K Street began to respond to Romney's "47 percent" comment.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued a statement:
"... Governor Romney's comments are a rejection of that American Dream which means that if you are willing to work hard, play by the rules and take responsibility, you can achieve the American Dream."
Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., appeared on "Fox and Friends," quoting "Democracy in America" by Alexis de Tocqueville to explain the underlying philosophy of Romney's remarks. He then said that more Americans "are in poverty over the last three and a half years thanks to the Obama administration. The unemployment is probably actually closer to 14.7 percent."
"I think he was a little clumsy in doing this," West said. "Mitt Romney probably could have better explained himself."
Rep. Chris Murphy tried to use the remarks against his Republican opponent, Linda McMahon, in Connecticut's Senate race. But she was quick to disavow Romney's remarks via a statement:
"I disagree with Governor Romney's insinuation that 47% of Americans believe they are victims who must depend on the government for their care. I know that the vast majority of those who rely on government are not in that situation because they want to be. People today are struggling because the government has failed to keep America competitive, failed to support job creators, and failed to get our economy back on track."
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka used an event today to launch a broadside at Republican donors and Romney:
"What Mitt Romney said is really an insult. ... working people do not want a president who thinks Medicare and Social Security ... are things of the past."
From Mike Honda, vice-chairman of the Democratic National Committee:
"I wonder if Governor Romney feels entitled to the millions he's made from lower tax rates on investment income. I wonder if Governor Romney feels entitled to hide money in the Cayman Islands to avoid paying taxes altogether. I wonder if Governor Romney has any grasp on reality at all.
Republican Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts also criticized Romney, according to the Hill.
"That's not the way I view the world. As someone who grew up in tough circumstances, I know that being on public assistance is not a spot that anyone wants to be in. Too many people today who want to work are being forced into public assistance for lack of jobs."