TAMPA, FL - They are comments that could haunt Mitt Romney for the rest of his presidential campaign.
Romney is heard telling a group of supporters at a private fundraiser earlier this year that many Americans believe they are "victims" who are "entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it."
The comments were captured on video at a $50,000-per-person fundraiser and released this week.
The lesson Romney has now likely learned is that you're always on the record when running for president, said Sen. John McCain, who was the Republican nominee in 2008. "I don't think there's any doubt that any appearance, anytime, anywhere you're on the record, and to think otherwise is foolishness."
McCain spoke at the University of Tampa on Tuesday to a group of students about foreign policy as part of a "Veterans for Romney" bus tour that also included stops in Orlando and Jacksonville.
But during a one-on-one interview with 10 News, McCain talked at length about the video saying Romney is not the first republican or democrat to learn the lesson about always being on, the hard way.
"Occasionally things are said which are obviously out of context or not really what you want. I mean, I remember when Barack Obama said people cling to their guns and bibles and that was out of context, so those things happen in campaigns."
McCain feels the video could now result in candidates being less candid, even at private events. He also said he supports the idea of making fundraisers open to the media.
But McCain said despite what Romney may say in the video, he believes the former Massachusetts governor is campaigning for everyone's vote.
"I think people know Mitt Romney well enough to know he's fighting and struggling for the vote of every registered voter in America, especially here in Florida."