Obama rebukes Romney over 'victims' comment

Wednesday 19 September 2012 23.24
President Obama and David Letterman speak during a break in the taping of the 'Late Show with David Letterman'
President Obama and David Letterman speak during a break in the taping of the 'Late Show with David Letterman'

US President Barack Obama has rebuked his Republican rival Mitt Romney, saying that anyone seeking to be president needs to work for all Americans.

Mr Obama chose a late-night chat show hosted by David Letterman to say that Mr Romney was wrong to deride 47% of Americans in a secretly filmed video.

Mr Romney described the US president's core supporters as having a victim mentality and depending on government handouts.

Mr Obama said: "If you want to be president, you gotta work for everybody, not just for some.

"There are not a lot of people out there who think they're victims.

"There are not a lot of people who think they're entitled to something.

"What I think the majority of people, Democrats and Republicans, believe is that we've got some obligations to each other, and there's nothing wrong with us giving each other a helping hand."

He added: "But I can tell you this: When I won in 2008, 47% of the American people voted for John McCain. They didn't vote for me.

"And what I said on election night was: 'Even though you didn't vote for me, I hear your voices, and I'm going to work as hard as I can to be your president'.

"And one of the things I've learned as president is you represent the entire country."

Mr Obama's rebuke came at the end of a day in which more clips emerged in which Mr Romney also said the Palestinians are "committed to Israel's destruction".

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