US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks to the press in Costa Mesa, California, on September 17, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GettyImages) By NICHOLAS KAMM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is trying to steady a shaky campaign as President Barack Obama heads to New York for a celebrity fundraiser with BeyoncÎ˜ and a star turn on David Letterman’s couch.
Romney on Tuesday began trying to contain the political fallout of an unauthorized recording of him telling donors that almost half of all Americans don’t pay taxes and “believe they are victims.” Romney was also trying to shake stories that his campaign was in disarray seven weeks before Election Day.
Romney did not have public events scheduled but planned to raise money in Salt Lake City and Dallas.
Obama, meanwhile, was set to collect almost $4 million at a $40,000-a-ticket fundraiser at a Manhattan nightclub and another at the Waldorf Astoria hotel.