Mitt Romney is again embracing the comments he made at a May fundraiser that were captured on hidden video, writing in a new USA Today op-ed that if he is elected, he will "promote hard work and personal responsibility over government dependency."
While he doesn't mention the fundraiser video directly, Romney echoes some of the same points he made, arguing President Barack Obama "fosters government dependency":
Efforts that promote hard work and personal responsibility over government dependency make America strong. When the economy is growing and Americans are working, everyone involved has a shared sense of achievement, not to mention the basic sense of pride that comes with the paycheck they earn.
However, over the past four years, those kinds of opportunities have been in short supply. We're experiencing the worst recovery since the Great Depression. Unemployment has been above 8% for 43 straight months; 47 million Americans are on food stamps. Nearly one in six Americans now live in poverty.
Under President Obama, we have a stagnant economy that fosters government dependency. My policies will create a growing economy that fosters upward mobility.