Secret Audio: Mitt and Ann Romney Bash President Obama at Private Fundraiser
The secretly recorded tapes from a Mitt Romney fundraiser, released earlier this year, exposed his feelings about 47 percent of Americans whom he believed were "dependent" on government.
Now, new audio recordings from a different fundraiser, published by Mother Jones, reveal the contempt that Mitt Romney and his wife Ann Romney have for President Obama.
This audio was recorded at a $1,000-per-plate fundraiser in Irvine, California, at the home of Michelle and David Horowitz. There were about 400 people in attendance.
After being introduced, Romney said that he had been pushed into his second campaign for president by his wife, which contradicts Ann Romney's famous story that she made a video for her husband 2008 telling him she didn't want him to run again.
Mitt Romney said: "David, you mentioned Ann, and the fact that she insisted that I get in this race. That is the truth. I wanted to talk it over with her. And every time I'd say, "Let's talk about the pros and cons," she'd say, "Talk to the hand, talk to the hand. We're just doing this. We've got to do it." And so she absolutely insisted that I get in this because she was convinced that I was the only one that had the capacity to beat President Obama."
Ann Romney then explained how she pushed her husband to run because she did not consider Obama to be a "grown-up."
Ann Romney said: "You know, the ship's going over the waterfall, it's almost there. And we look what's happening in Greece, and we look what's happening around the world, we look what's happening internationally. This is a frightening world, and we need a grown-up, and we need someone that understands the economy. So I'm glad…Mitt is grown up to you all."
Mitt Romney then accused President Obama waging a "war on business and economic freedom," even though some corporations such as Exxon are setting record profits under President Obama, and the stock market has tripled under his presidency.
Mitt Romney said: "I'm convinced that if this president is reelected, the war on business and economic freedom will continue. I don't think the president likes you very much. If you're in business, I think he looks at you as a necessary evil—and maybe not so necessary. I love you, all right? I love, I love business. I love people who employ other people, who have dreams and ideas, and are willing to start enterprises, and put people to work—all good things grow from successful enterprises. Businesses—good jobs come from good businesses."