Obama Campaign Responds to Romney Tapes

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By CNN Political Unit

(CNN) -- President Barack Obama's campaign quickly used freshly released tapes of Mitt Romney speaking at a private fund-raiser to blast their rival, using apparent man-on-the-street interviews to cast the GOP nominee as woefully out of touch with average Americans.

"I actually felt sick to my stomach," one person says in the Obama campaign web video, which appears to have been shot in Chicago's Grant Park. Obama's re-election team is based in the Windy City.

Another voter, after watching the video on an iPad, says the clip "shows that he's out of touch, that he thinks that half of the country is feeling like victims."

"As a president, if you try to separate by demographics, separate by classes, you're not really a president," says a third.

In the footage of Romney, released on the website of the left-leaning magazine Mother Jones, the Republican presidential candidate argues that nearly half of Americans will vote for Obama because they rely on government support.

"There are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what," Romney says in one clip. "There are 47% who are with him, who are dependent on government, who believe that, that they are victims, who believe that government has the responsibility to care for them. Who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing."

At the White House briefing Tuesday, press secretary Jay Carney said he wasn't sure if the president had seen the tapes, but also used the opportunity to slam Obama's rival.

"Setting aside, you know, what Gov. Romney thinks, I can tell you that the president certainly doesn't think that men and women on social security are irresponsible or victims, that students aren't responsible or are victims," Carney said. "He certainly doesn't think that middle class families are paying too little in taxes."

Not all of the president's team was quick to expound on Romney's comments, however. After a campaign event in Iowa, Vice President Joe Biden would only say that Romney's "words speak for themselves" when asked about the clips.

On Tuesday morning, an Obama campaign official said the president's team was considering using the clips in future political ads.

In a press conference late Monday evening, Romney did not disavow his remarks but said that they may have been "not elegantly stated."

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