Mitt Romney is changing his tune. After a public relations nightmare was set off when a video recording from a closed-door dinner with wealthy donors hit the ‘Net this week, the presidential hopeful is looking to unify the very people he wrote off.
Romney came under fire from Democrats and Republicans alike for his words, but during an address to the Latino community Wednesday (Sept. 19), he shifted his views. “First of all, this is a campaign about the 100 percent,” he on the Spanish-language network, Univisions. “And over the last several years, you’ve seen greater and greater divisiveness in this country. We had hoped to come back together but instead you’ve seen us pulled apart. I am concerned about the face that over the past four years, life has become harder for Americans.”
In hopes of turning the page on a chapter full of campaign missteps, during a rally in Miami, Romney slammed President Obama for a 14-year-old recording, released as a rebuttal to the former governor’s secretly taped statement. “We’ve had a president whose been putting in place a political and economic program that a lot of us don’t recognize,” he said. “We haven’t seen anything like this in America before. He said some years ago, something that we’re hearing about today on the Internet, he said he believes in ‘redistribution.’”
Unfortunately, his words didn’t resonate with the crowd, as the Republican nominee was booed before he could finish his statement.
The tape in question comes from 1998, and was anonymously posted online with little response. In the clip Obama, then a senator, speaks on government restructuring stating that he is for “redistribution.” After the video made it’s rounds online, Obama has been accused of being an advocate of big-business and government, but the public has yet to be in an uproar over the footage.
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