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September 19th, 2012
11:09 AM ET

Gov. Markell on Romney's hidden camera remarks: 'This is entirely consistent with his policy positions'

On Monday, secretly recorded videos of Mitt Romney speaking at private fundraising event were released on the website of the left-leaning magazine Mother Jones. The clips show the candidate characterizing 47% of people as Obama supporters who are dependent on government support systems. In the same clip, Romney adds to his "entitlement" argument, saying "my job is not to worry about those people.”

In an interview Tuesday, the GOP presidential candidate said he was making a political analysis in the remarks, not a broader assessment of Americans who rely on government-funded programs.

This morning, Obama campaign surrogate, Gov. Jack Markell (D-DE) stops by “Early Start” to discuss Romney's leaked comments and whether or not people have become too dependent on government.

The Governor says that he was “surprised” by Mitt Romney’s comments but “was not surprised that this is what he thinks because this is entirely consistent with his policy positions.” Markell lists these policy positions as Romney’s “embrace of the Ryan budget, kicking hundreds of thousands of kids out of Head Start, kicking students out of Pell grants.”

On the topic of reducing government dependency, Markell says Obama has been focused on energizing the private sector. “We’d all like to see as many people employed as possible in the private sector,” says Markell. “But we also have to understand there’s a role for government to play. We have to make sure that the kids are being educated, to make sure we’re investing in infrastructure, to make sure we’re helping people with job skills.”

Some conservatives like Rush Limbaugh are embracing the leaked videos as an opportunity for Romney inform members of the “47%” about how his policies would help them. Markell says the 47% Romney is referring to are senior citizens, students and veterans who “feel like you’re entitled…you don’t want to be working. That’s not the world that I live in. That’s not the world most Americans live in.”

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