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Obama attacks Romney gaffe

President Obama has used an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman to rebuke his Republican opponent Mitt Romney over his secretly-recorded comments describing 47% of Americans as "victims".

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Obama: To be president, you have to work for everyone

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...

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

President Obama was speaking on the"Late Show with David Letterman" which will air at around 4:30am UK time

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