SALT LAKE CITY — A top advisor to Mitt Romney said Tuesday that the controversy over the GOP nominee’s comments about President Obama’s supporters as dependent on government and not paying income taxes would blow over.
“It has to,” said senior advisor Kevin Madden, though he said that whether the dust-up would subside was partly dependent on the media. “I think we’ve put in context the focus of the voters out there. And the voters I think are really focused on the big issues related on the economy and the direction of the country. And if we keep our focus on that, then I think ultimately we’re going to be in a better position to win on election day as a result.”
Romney caused an uproar when a secretly taped video of him describing Obama’s supporters was published online Monday by Mother Jones. Speaking at a fundraiser, the candidate described the 47% of voters who support Obama as depending on government, believing they are victims and paying no income tax. He also said they were “unwilling to take responsibility for their lives.”
Late Monday, Romney hastily called a news conference where he stood by his remarks, though he said they were not “elegantly stated.”