Eddie Vedder Takes Issue With Romney Comments
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder isn’t singing Republican Mitt Romney’s praises.
Vedder criticized Romney during a performance at a fundraiser Thursday for President Barack Obama. He referred to Romney’s caught-on-tape comments at a private fundraiser that 47 percent of Americans consider themselves victims and entitled to government help.
Vedder says it’s “very upsetting” to hear a presidential candidate be so easily dismissive of what Vedder calls “such a ‘ginormous’ amount of the population.”
The rocker says if Romney were to win the White House, in his words, “none of those 47 percent of people would have a voice.”
Vedder told donors that he struggled as a young man and cited a government training program with helping him become a security guard, a job that supported his musical ambitions.
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