Obama rebukes Romney on remarks


US president Barack Obama has rebuked Mitt Romney after comments his Republican rival made in videotaped speech.

Mr Obama declared that the occupant of the White House must “work for everyone, not just for some”, in response to Mr Romney’s statement that as a candidate, he does not worry about the 47 per cent of the country that pays no income taxes.

Mr Romney neither disavowed nor apologised for his remarks, which included an observation that nearly half of the country believe they are victims and entitled to a range of government support.

Instead, Mr Romney cast his comment as evidence of a fundamental difference with Mr Obama over the economy, adding the US government should not “take from some to give to the others”.

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