Susan Sarandon on Mitt Romney's gaffe: 'I'm so entertained' - See video
Susan Sarandon is just the latest celebrity to speak out about a recent gaffe by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
In a secretly taped and newly released video, Romney is seen saying, "There are 47 percent who are with him [President Obama], who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it."
The video was taken during a May fundraiser and posted online Monday, September 17. Romney has since explained that his remarks were not made elegantly in the video and he was trying to describe differing visions for the nation.
"I'm so entertained. I'm very happy that's he just so entertaining," Sarandon said when asked what she thought about Romney's remarks on Joy Behar's new talk show "Say Anything!" on Current TV on September 18. A video of the interview can be seen below. Sarandon went on to say, "I don't know if it's going to cost him. I mean I think a lot of people agree with him in seeing things that way."
"I guess it'll mostly affect the swing voters and I think it's an interesting few days on the campaign trail to see how he deals with that," she added. "But I don't think that was really new information."
Behar said the clips made Romney, "look like scrooge. It made him look more Scrooge-like."
"That's what he is," Sarandon said. "A lot of people he's talking about pay taxes, so I don't know what he's thinking."
The figure Romney was referring to was the 46 percent of the country's potential taxpayers who paid no federal income taxes last year, according to a study by the Tax Policy Center.
Sarandon is a noted Democrat who has, in the past, donated at least $15,000 to Democratic causes, including about $7,000 to Barack Obama's 2008 election campaign
"I think right now things are so hard because of the administration, the Bush administration that came when there was so much money and then went into these wars and everything else," Sarandon told Behar. "People are trying to keep their heads above water and so they hate the idea that they think someone's going to get a handout because they're holding down two jobs."
"And I understand that. They think people are just going to take the bed from their mother who needs a bed in a hospital," she added. "But that's not really where you should be looking. I mean, that's a little bit of a spin on everything. I mean, you have to help the economy and then people will be in good shape."
See Susan Sarandon's interview Joy Behar below.