US broadcaster CBS has released this sneak preview of President Obama's appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman:
President Obama's camp is making out that Mr Romney is "writing off" half the country, while he argues the comments related to election strategy and were intended for a select audience.
Asked about the violence in Libya last week that led to the death of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, President Obama said the administration's top priorities are to "refortify" security at US embassies abroad and bring those responsible to justice.
He denounced the anti-Muslim video which triggered the violence, but said it was not an excuse:
– President Obama
The message we have to send to the Muslim world is that we expect you to work with us, to keep our people safe, and as offensive as this video was - and obviously we denounced it, the United States government had nothing to do with it - that's never an excuse for violence.
At the start of President Obama's interview on the "Late Show with David Letterman," the host asked his guest whether he wanted to say anything to the empty chair next to him.
President Obama's response to Mitt Romney's secretly-filmed remarks about his support base is as follows:
One of the things I learned as president is you represent the entire country. If you want to be president, you have to work for everyone.
All of us make mistakes ... What people want to know though is you're not writing off a big chunk of the country...
This is a big country. And people disagree a lot but one thing I’ve never tried to do, and I think none of us can do in public office, is suggest that because someone doesn’t agree with me that they’re victims or they’re unpatriotic...
– President Obama
When I won [the presidential election] in 2008, 47% of the American people voted for John McCain.
They didn’t vote for me and what I said on election night was: ‘Even though you didn’t vote for me, I hear your voices, and I’m going to work as hard as I can to be your president.'
President Obama was speaking on the"Late Show with David Letterman" which will air at around 4:30am UK time
President Barack Obama has used his appearance on the "Late Show with David Letterman" to respond to his opponent Mitt Romney's unguarded comments about his support base.
In a secretly-filmed video that was leaked to the press, Mr Romney suggests that 47% of Americans who do not pay income tax are the same group who will vote for Mr Obama, and that they see themselves as victims.
President Obama said: "One of the things I learned as president is yourepresent the entire
He added: "One thing ... none of us can do in public office is suggest that because someone doesn’t agree with me that they’re vicitms or they’re unpatriotic."