Mitt Romney is trying to inject some confidence in his presidential campaign, which has been shaken from a secret recording where he says nearly half the nation sees itself as victims. But that hasn't stopped a growing number of fellow Republicans from distancing themselves from their party's nominee. NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report.
At a fundraiser Wednesday, Mitt Romney tried to put some gloss on damaging remarks.
"The question of this campaign is not who cares about the poor and the middle class. I do. He does," he said. "The question is who can help the poor and the middle class? I can! He can't!"
It comes after fallout continues from a May recording at another fundraiser.
In it, Romney said it's "not his job to worry about those those who depend on government," which extends to not just welfare recipients but elderly, soldiers and veterans.
Even before it surfaced, the Republican was behind in polls nationally and in key swing states.
Fundraisers are also said to be worried. Donor Stephen Ross said Romney needs to stick to the economy.
"Certainly, Obama and his campaign is trying to take him off track and getting involved in issues and not really looking at the facts that really are occurring in this country today," Ross said.
Now, Romney is trying to shift attention to a 14-year old audio recording, where then-State Sen. Barack Obama praises redistribution, apparently talking about local issues.
"He really believes in what I'll call a government-centered society," Romney said.
The White House said Romney is grasping at straws after a bad week.
"And in circumstances like that, there are efforts made, sometime desperate efforts made to change the subject," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.
Certainly, a number of Republicans want to change the subject, especially those in competitive races. Three GOP candidates for U.S. Senate said they disavow their nominee's remarks.
The latest is Nevada's Dean Heller, who said he has a ”very different view of the world.”
"I think he recognized how toxic Romney's comments are," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Heller joined Scott Brown from Massachusetts and Linda McMahon of Connecticut.
The President didn't hold any campaign events but did mark one obscure holiday: Talk like a pirate day.
His campaign tweeted "arr you in?"