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September 18th, 2012
10:08 AM ET

Senior Romney adviser: Leaked fundraiser videos are 'certainly a bump in the road'

The controversy over the comments that Mitt Romney made about Obama supporters during a private fundraiser in May continues to unfold this morning after secretly recorded videos of the meeting were leaked last night.

Regarding the millions of Americans who rely on government support, Romney comments, "My job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."

Romney campaign senior adviser Bay Buchanan responds to the backlash over the comments on Starting Point this morning.

"It's clear that what he's talking about when he says he's not worried is that, listen, he's talking politics," Buchanan says. "He's analyzing the voter base."

Buchanan also responds to the negative press the Romney campaign has received this week, calling the attention to Romney's comments "an indictment on the media."

"Everybody said Romney has had a rough week. And certainly this is a bump in the road," Buchanan says. "But is anybody looking at the campaign of Barack Obama? He has spent the last week with America watching as his foreign policy is of appeasement and apologies has disintegrated. We have problems around this world in all the Muslim countries where people's anti-American sentiment is unbelievable. And that's a good week?"

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  1. Brian Bell

    This is the 3rd day in a row and the same people all over CNN saying the same things. I can't watch any more and will tune back in after the election. You are way to far in Obama's camp. We just had a terriost attack on September 11, 2012. We have doubled the amount of people on food stamps since Obama has entered the office. Our country is not going in the right direction. Good luck and Happy Birthday... Brian

    September 19, 2012 at 8:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Mark

    This is a smart lady. Let her talk. A million interruptions! If you know you aren't going to like the answer you anticipate they will give, don't ask the question. If you ask the question, let them answer without the sarcasm. Or how about being a mediator between her and someone else? I think its sad when the news reporter/anchor takes one side. Its rude when O'Riley does it and its rude when you do it.

    September 18, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. george compton

    How did this verbal gynastic event allow anyone to learn anything from either side? As an independent voter, this type of combative jounalistic approach is vexing.

    The obvious is that Ms O'Brien either has no idea about how business market their products, including Broadcast News or she is only interested in receiving input from her guests,who hold opinions that differ with her, that will support the hypothesis her interview is based. Are you really so not interested in your guest's responses that you don't know your question has been answered?

    Ms O'Brien's body language and unctuous remarks clearly indicated in this sparring match her resolve to not understand or to ignore the responses of her guest. This of course is her right to do so. But from this viewer's perspective Ms O'Brien either was asking her guest rethorical questions or she just did not understand her guest's responses. In either case, as a responsible journalist she should have either allowed her guest an opportunity to clarify what Ms O'Brien either didn't understand or mis-understood.

    What part of the story in the New York Times where it was reported that the Democrats had written off the white male demographic is any different than Mr Romney's position on where he needs to focus his campaign?

    What part of the strategic business plan of CNN is modeled towards conservative viewers [47%]?

    What entity, organization, indiviual, agent or corporation positions their product to a market that has no interest in what they are selling? And, as a follow up...and stays in business?

    Ms O'Brien was either playing naive or playing dumb when trying to suggest that Mr Romney was saying anything other than that. If Ms O'Brien wants to take the road only she wants to travel down in these contests then why even have a guest on the show? If as I is only to try to create issues over race, which this interview tacitlly implied, or verbally assign a negative characterization to a person, class of people, organizations or profession,which is nothing more than character assination, then this interview was a raging success.

    If this is jounalism and Ms O'Brien is proud of her association with this profession, then she is a beacon of intellect and rational thought. She has succeeded well beyond her limited range. I was taught this type of journalism was considered Yellow Journalism.

    Why Ms O'Brien was so animated and angry...her guest answered her question, which was the same one, over and over and over again. Ms O'Brien when a guest gives you an answer and you don't like the answer don't get mad just – go to your next interrogative. IHowever, I guess it just wasn't the answer she wanted or had hoped for...but she kept on beating that horse she rode in on until she just ran out of steam and of course time – thats what I call really good News coverage.

    It is also obvious Ms O'Brien who considers herself the official midwife to all pregnant virgins but has no clue about how the world works except from her view from her New York townhouse or confines of the CNN Newsroom as she presents herself as self taught Queen of Everything during every interview – always swinging for the fences. Remember Ms O'Brien they all look like line drives in the box scores.

    She asks puerile questions, has no understanding of the business world, crusades for empathy for the masses while she lives a completely different lifestyle. Maybe the truth is Ms O'Brien feels quilty for having so much more than the rest of us. Maybe you should but you're no Ghandi, Ms O'Brien.

    Do yourself and the viewers a favor when you ask a question that you really don't already know the answer to - try to look like your interested in what your guest's answer is – you might discover that there is more common ground than you want there to be – and you might actually learn something.

    And, that snarky grin – geez who told you that was effect. Did your mother ever tell you that if have guests try to make them feel welcomed?

    G Compton

    September 18, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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