During an appearance on "TheShow" Tuesday night, Obama jabbed at Romney over his remarks caught on a hidden camera at his May fundraiser in which he said he does not care about 47 percent of the Americans who don’t pay their taxes.
Since the video was leaked, it has been tough on the GOP presidential nominee. In the speech during the private fundraiser,said that Obama supporters have got a “victim” mentality and are dependent on the government to do everything for them. Romney neither disavowed nor apologized for his comments; instead, he sought to reframe his remarks, calling it a philosophical difference between him and Obama.
Now even the Republicans are debating what effect this controversy will have on Romney’s prospects of winning the presidency.
In response to Romney’s comments, Obama told David Letterman, "One thing I've learned as president is that you represent the entire country."
As for Romney's statement about the 47 percent, he said, "When I won in 2008, 47 percent 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," according to a report by The Associated Press.
Romney has received some harsh criticism from his own party, which believes he is frittering away opportunities by making such statements. Linda McMahon, senate hopeful for Connecticut said she disagrees with Mitt Romney’s insinuation that 47% of Americans are victims. Sen., who is also in a tough race for re-election in heavily Democratic Massachusetts, said of Romney's comments, "That's not the way I view the world."
In the past week, Republican were also seen grumbling about Mitt Romney’s efforts to attract the middleclass to vote for him, saying that he is not doing enough.
This, coupled with Romney’s criticism over the presidents handling of the unrest in the Middle East, resulted in giving Obama a widening lead in the polls. However, the last two days have seen the gap narrowing down from a 7- to 5-point lead, and several top Republicans believe that with just seven weeks left in the close race between both the candidates, the real issue still remains as to which one can help the economy get back on track.