Secretly recorded video of Mitt Romney at a private fundraiser in May was leaked online last night, and his comments about the millions of Americans who rely on government assistance is receiving harsh criticism this morning.
Romney has tried to clarify his remarks, saying they were "off the cuff" and "not elegantly stated," but that has not stopped the Obama campaign from pouncing on the remarks.
On Starting Point this morning, Ted Strickland, former Ohio governor and national co-chair of Obama's reelection campaign, reacts to the Republican candidate's comments about "those people."
"Romney apparently feels that if you don't have his economic status, that somehow you're a parasite," Strickland says. "He spoke from his heart and that's what troubles me. If you listen to that tape, you understand that this man is speaking in the most casual, relaxed way with rich fat cats about a large portion of the American population that he has zero respect for."
Responding to Romney senior adviser Bay Buchanan, who called the incident is a "bump in the road," Strickland responds, "Well, it wasn't a bump in the road. It was a deep chasm, in my judgment. Quite frankly, what the governor said is very significant. It reveals something about his value system. For him to speak with such disdain about so many Americans, and he wants to be our president?"