TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder isn't singing Republican Mitt Romney's praises.

Vedder said during a Thursday performance at a fundraiser for President Barack Obama that he was upset by Romney's caught-on-tape comments from last spring that 47 percent of Americans consider themselves victims and entitled to government help.

It's very upsetting to hear a presidential candidate be so easily dismissive of such a ginormous amount of the population, Vedder told the Obama donors. He said if Romney were to win the White House, none of those 47 percent of people would have a voice.

Vedder told the audience that he struggled as a young man and credited a government training program with helping him learn the skills he needed to become a security guard in San Diego, a job that helped support his rock `n roll ambitions.

It was that job that allowed me to also afford the guitars and tape recorder and microphones I needed to let me afford keep working on music, he said. It was also the job I reluctantly left to move up to Seattle for less pay, in order to join a band. It all worked out.

Vedder performed a four-song acoustic set: Rise, Without You, a cover of James Taylor's Millworker and a cover of Neil Young's Rockin' in the Free World.

At one point, Vedder broke out a Hawaiian-made ukulele and joked, It's got a little birth certificate right in there.

That was a reference to discredited claims that Obama was not born in the United States.

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