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US Election Updates - September 19, 2012

Obama lays into Romney for "writing off" much of country

President Barack Obama slated Mitt Romney on Tuesday for "writing off a big chunk of the country" after a secretly filmed video showed the Republican presidential nominee labelling Obama supporters as victims who are dependent on the government.

"One of the things I've learned as president is you represent the entire country," Obama said on CBS's Late Show with David Letterman.

"My expectation is if you want to be president, you've got to work for everybody, not just for some," he said to appreciation from the studio audience.

The video, the first portion of which was posted online by the liberal Mother Jones magazine, Romney is seen telling donors that 47 percent of Americans will back Obama no matter what and "my job is not to worry about those people.”

Romney went on to say they did not pay income taxes and were people "who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them."

Romney defended his remarks during an interview with Fox News, saying: "Those that are dependent on government and those that think government's job is to redistribute, I'm not going to get them.”

During his appearance on Letterman’s show, Obama hinted he thought Romney should admit he made a mistake.

As a candidate in 2008, Obama made a damaging gaffe of his own when he said white rural voters clung to guns or religion.

"When you run for president, you are under a microscope all the time. All of us make mistakes. That incident in 2008, I immediately said, 'I regret this,'" Obama said.

"What I think people want to make sure of is you're not writing off a big chunk of the country,” he added.