White House spokesman on Romney videos: Presidents elected for ‘all the people,’ not just supporters

September 18, 2012

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney responded Tuesday to Mitt Romney's "47 percent" remarks by saying that the president must represent all Americans, not just those who are support him or her.

"When you are president of the United States, you are president of all the people, not just the people who voted for you," Carney told reporters. He was asked about video of Romney saying at a fundraiser it’s not “my job” to win over the 47 percent of voters committed to President Obama, because they are “dependent on government" and he will “never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

Carney said he doesn't know if President Obama has seen the videos of Romney at the fundraiser, which Mother Jones magazine reported on Monday.

When asked about similarities between Romney's words and remarks Obama made at a 2008 fundraiser about "bitter" small-town Americans clinging to "guns or religion," Carney responded, "What the president said four years ago, what he said eight years ago, what he says today ... is that he's fighting for every American."

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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