A secretly filmed video has emerged showing Mitt Romney disparaging Barack Obama voters at a private donor dinner.
The Republican nominee is shown saying the 47% of Americans who back the president do not pay income tax and would never vote for Mr Romney.
“I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives,” Mr Romney says.
In a late-night appearance, Mr Romney said his remarks were not “elegantly stated”, but did not retract them.
“This is the same message I give to people in public,” he said in response to the video, released by liberal investigative magazine Mother Jones.
Earlier, his campaign said Mr Romney “wants to help all Americans struggling in the Obama economy”.
- BBC News