11:19 am Sep. 18, 20121
Wendy Long, the Republican candidate for Senate who doubles as a legal adviser to Mitt Romney, disagreed with Romney's comments to a Florida fund-raising reception.
Romney had said that 47 percent of the country that doesn't pay federal income taxes and plans to vote for President Obama are hopelessly dependent people with a victim mentality.
"Now I don't believe that a lot of people in the 47 percent who are not paying taxes want to be there," Long told Fred Dicker this morning, in an appearance on his radio show.
Romney told the crowd at the fund-raiser that his job "not to worry about those people," because he could "never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."
Long said she hadn't actually heard the comments or seen the video, posted yesterday by Mother Jones magazine, but said Romney's assertion "sounds like it probably was not correct."
She put the blame on President Obama.
"It's just a reflection of the fact that Obama really does want to create this culture of dependency," she said.
Long said it was a "typical problem" for politicians to act differently in closed-door meetings with donors, citing Obama's comments four years ago about certain conservative voters clinging to "guns and religion" and said "it's the same thing Kirsten Gillibrand does," though Long didn't cite a specific example.
"My opponent does it all the time," she said. "She says one thing behind closed doors and then another thing out in public."
Long has struggled to raise money—her campaign was in the red at last count—while Gillibrand has raised upwards of $10 million for the campaign. (Dicker introduced the segment by saying, "Talk about an uphill fight...")
Long has a fund-raiser in Manhattan this evening, for which the campaign is asking $1,000 per couple, and said she delivers the same message wherever she speaks.
"I am who I am," she said.