Americans’ views, he claimed, match his 2012 campaign themes.
“They may not follow every issue and know exactly what is going on, but their basic instinct is let’s give everybody a fair shot and let’s make sure everybody does their fair share, and let’s make sure everybody is playing by the same set of rules,” he announced.
He repeated the “good and decent” pitch several times.
“When I hear people trying to label folks as, well, these are Republicans, or these are Democrats, or these are people who don’t understand the country — when I hear those divisions, I say, well, you’re not paying attention to what’s going on in the country. There’s a lot of good out there,” said Obama, who has repeatedly stayed silent while his allies pillory conservatives as racists, liars and bigots.
At his September convention in Charlotte, for example, former Ohio governor Ted Strickland slammed Romney as unpatriotic and un-American.
“Mitt Romney has so little economic patriotism that even his money needs a passport. It summers on the beaches of the Cayman Islands and winters on the slopes of the Swiss Alps,” Strickland said to cheers from at least 10,000 Democrats.
Romney is also “lying” about the president’’ policy for welfare-to-work, Strickland declared from the podium. (RELATED: 20,000 Democrats cheer attacks on Romney’s patriotism)
Obama’s pitch was made possible by extensive media coverage of Romney’s presentation to wealthy donors in Florida.
Romney argued that he has to woo a small segment of swing-voters because 47 percent of voters are committed to vote for Obama.
But Romney appeared to believe and argue that taxpayers will vote for him because of his promise to cut taxes, and that non-taxpaying Americans will vote for Obama because he’s promising them benefits.
“There are 47 percent who are with him. Who are dependent upon government, who believe that — that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they’re entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. But that’s — it’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what,” he said.
The day after the video was released, Romney tried to get beyond the “47 percent” language by highlighting the related ideological divide between him and Obama.
“My campaign is about helping people take more responsibility and becoming employed again, particularly those who don’t have work,” Romney told reporters in California who asked him late Monday about the covertly taped video.
The election “is ultimately a question about direction for the country; Do you believe in a government-centered society that provides more and more benefits or do you believe instead in a free enterprise society where people are able to pursue their dreams?” he told the reporters.