Romney said he wasn’t being divisive and that he’s running a campaign “about the 100 percent.”
On Thursday, Salinas asked Obama: Which is the real Romney?
“It’s better directed to Mr. Romney,” Obama said. “When you express an attitude that half the country considers itself victims — that somehow they want to be dependent on government — my thought is maybe you haven’t gotten around a lot.”
Obama said he doubts there are lots of people who “loaf around and gather government checks.”
“Are there people who abuse the system? Yes,” Obama said. “Both at the bottom and at the top because there are a whole bunch of millionaires who aren’t paying taxes, either.”
The crowd applauded.
They weren’t cheering, however, when Ramos brought up the so-called “Fast and Furious” gun-running operation in which federal agents allowed guns to fall into the hands of Mexican gangsters in order to trace the weapons.
The program didn’t work. And a U.S. Border Patrol agent, Brian Terry, was killed, his death linked to the failed operation.
Obama noted that Fast and Furious began under President Bush. He said Attorney General Eric Holder shut it down when he learned of it.
“What I don’t like to see is these kinds of issues become political circuses,” Obama said, suggesting House Republicans tried to score political points with an investigation.
Obama also plugged Pell Grants for college students during his interview and, he noted, that under congressman Ryan’s budget proposals, Pell Grants would be gutted.
Obama didn’t dwell on his budget plans, however. They haven’t moved in Congress.
Toward the end of the interview, Salinas brought the issue back up as one of the incomplete promises of Obama’s first term.
“I haven’t gotten everything done that I want to get done,” he said. "That’s why I’m running for a second term.”