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Romney Slams Obama Backers As Dependent On Government, Tax Dodgers
LATimes ^ | September 18, 2012 | Seema Mehta

Posted on 09/17/2012 5:43:33 PM PDT by Steelfish

Romney Slams Obama Backers As Dependent On Government, Tax Dodgers

By Seema Mehta September 17, 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney, speaking to donors at a closed-door fundraiser this year, said that supporters of President Obama failed to take personal responsibility for their lives, relied on government for their needs and paid no income tax.

“There are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47% who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care of them, who believe that they are entitled to healthcare, to food, to housing, to you name it,” Romney said in a videotaped speech to donors that was given to the news organization Mother Jones, which posted it online Monday.

“That's an entitlement," Romney said. "And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. … These are people who pay no income tax.”

In the remarks, Romney said he had no hope of swaying those people to his side and would instead focus on unaligned voters.

"[M]y job is not to worry about those people,” Romney said, referring to Obama supporters. “I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."

The Obama campaign immediately lashed out at Romney, saying that he had effectively written off half the population.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 47percent

1 posted on 09/17/2012 5:43:37 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

And he’s right..BRAVO ROMNEY..for once sounding like a Conservative..DONT BACK DOWN..dont take these comments back because its the TRUTH


2 posted on 09/17/2012 5:45:04 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Steelfish

I no Romney supporter, but I do agree with his assessment on this one!


3 posted on 09/17/2012 5:45:23 PM PDT by Trueblackman (I would rather lose on Conservative principles than vote for a RINO candidate.)
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To: Steelfish

I wonder if this MIGHT make some of the dead beats more quiet, out of shame?

Calling them out might be helpful.


4 posted on 09/17/2012 5:45:41 PM PDT by Kansas58
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To: Steelfish

Well said Mr. Romney.


5 posted on 09/17/2012 5:46:25 PM PDT by pnut22
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To: Steelfish

did he really say pimps and harlots?


6 posted on 09/17/2012 5:47:10 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: dalebert

No.


7 posted on 09/17/2012 5:48:10 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: Steelfish; All

Tax Dodgers??? the last time the IRS released information 47% of wage earners in this nation had in fact paid no federal income tax- my belief is that number could be higher as there’s been no data revealed since 2009....the criminal liberal media can paint it anyway they want to but its the truth...


8 posted on 09/17/2012 5:49:26 PM PDT by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: Steelfish

I love the cropping on the photo on Drudge right now:

The Presidential Seal is cropped to say “RESIDENT of the US...


9 posted on 09/17/2012 5:50:07 PM PDT by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: Mortrey

Sorry-—

“RESIDENT of the UNITE...


10 posted on 09/17/2012 5:51:58 PM PDT by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: Steelfish

Romneys only reply should be “I am offering a better way”


11 posted on 09/17/2012 5:52:24 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: dalebert

He may as well have added “pimps, harlots, and Drug dealers” or are they part of the one percenters?


12 posted on 09/17/2012 5:52:41 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish
“I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."

Maybe you could try?

I dunno. Writing off half the electorate doesn't seem like a smart move politically, which is why he did it behind closed doors. I don't see this as anything but a huge negative for Romney.

13 posted on 09/17/2012 5:53:10 PM PDT by Kleon
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To: dalebert

It was his response


14 posted on 09/17/2012 5:53:30 PM PDT by snarkytart
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To: pnut22
I was out driving and heard the CNN audio on satellite, and Anderson Cooper was really wetting his pants over this one.

I think this is where the challenge is for Romney - to maintain confident approach despite the hysterical reaction from the media, who want so badly for Obama to be reelected. He needs to state that he said what he meant and meant what he said, and the press can go screw themselves.

I think there will be nothing but a media $hitstorm right up to the evening of November 6th, and their heads will completely explode when Romney/Ryan comes out on top by 3-4%. I will be monitoring the polls in Palm Beach County, which means I will not get in front of the telly before 10:30 pm, and I will enjoy nothing more than seeing Anderson Cooper, Rachel Maddow, et. al. with tortured looks as their exit polling shows them nothing but bad news.

15 posted on 09/17/2012 5:55:36 PM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: Steelfish
The grandson of Jimmy Carter is the one who leaked the video

http://twitchy.com/2012/09/17/undercover-romney-fundraiser-video-leaked-by-jimmy-carters-grandson/?utm_source=autotweet&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=twitter

16 posted on 09/17/2012 5:58:33 PM PDT by tapatio (In memory of my Dad 5-27-26 2-4-2010)
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To: God luvs America

But for him to say everyone not paying taxes is a group that he will ignore is absurd and as much a gaffe as the Joe the Plumber quote from oblunder in 2008.


17 posted on 09/17/2012 5:59:33 PM PDT by gotribe (WTF?)
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To: Steelfish

Problem is there are a lot of liberal elite who are part of the tax paying 50%. He should not be saying anything to write off voters in an election this close.


18 posted on 09/17/2012 6:00:24 PM PDT by timlot
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To: tapatio

Is he a free loader too?


19 posted on 09/17/2012 6:01:06 PM PDT by linn37 (Newt supporter here.)
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To: Steelfish

Look, folks, these “Obama Stash” deadbeats will get their just due if Obama prevails. They are signing their own economic death warrant. The USA, under Obama will soon go bankrupt, and....there will be no “Obama stash” for anyone. then the USA will become like sub-Sahara Africa where no one can ever escape from being poor and starving. bottom line: “There is no such thing as a free lunch, period”!!!

Mitt Romney is right on the money and he deserves our dedicated support, for it is not the Romney election that is paramount, it is the salvation of these United States of America that is at stake. “Anybody but Obama”!!!


20 posted on 09/17/2012 6:01:37 PM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX (My only objective is defeat and destroy Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!)
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To: gotribe

LOL- he didn’t say he would ignore them...

1) the video is at the link posted at the NYSlimes- Romney is right on the Romney...this may bring some Reagan democrats into the fold for him...

2) he must’ve said something very substantial when they cut it off, considering the way they did it...

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/17/romney-faults-those-dependent-on-government/


21 posted on 09/17/2012 6:04:05 PM PDT by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: Steelfish

Go MITT!!


22 posted on 09/17/2012 6:04:31 PM PDT by fightin kentuckian
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To: Mortrey

I also like that he has head line of 67% of dems want more gov’t and 8 million on disability roles.


23 posted on 09/17/2012 6:07:51 PM PDT by scbison
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To: Steelfish

Where does he say anything about tax dodgers?


24 posted on 09/17/2012 6:09:08 PM PDT by bigheadfred (evry day i'm shufflin')
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To: Steelfish

Why do liberals scream bloody murder about the truth?


25 posted on 09/17/2012 6:12:30 PM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: Steelfish

Perhaps someone can point me to the list of agencies and programs Romney proposes to get rid of, starting with the ones that are not constitutional.


26 posted on 09/17/2012 6:13:17 PM PDT by EternalVigilance ("The opposite of compromise is character." -- Frederick Douglass)
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To: Vision

because truth hurts which it is so hard to tell most of the time.


27 posted on 09/17/2012 6:13:20 PM PDT by scbison
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To: scbison

What hurts? They worship government, they’re obsessed with it. Is there a part of them that knows it’s wrong?


28 posted on 09/17/2012 6:16:16 PM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: bigheadfred

The lying liberal media is allowed to editorialize, comment, and opine on news stories in within the same column and paragraph. This is now standard liberal, left-wing journalism.


29 posted on 09/17/2012 6:17:35 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: VanDeKoik

But if he had said it he would still be right.


30 posted on 09/17/2012 6:23:43 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Steelfish

TRUTH THAT’S ALL


31 posted on 09/17/2012 6:24:09 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Steelfish

This is the Media putting words in Romney’s mouth.

“supporters of President Obama failed to take personal responsibility for their lives, relied on government for their needs and paid no income tax.”

This is probably what he said and the Media went wild with it,
However he is 100% right.

When I read what the Media had added I thought this is just those in Obama’s Administration.

said Obama campaign manager Jim Messina. “It’s hard to serve as president for all Americans when you’ve disdainfully written off half the nation.”

That half wrote themselves off. Isn’t it true that 47% of Americans pay no taxes? Obama voters all.


32 posted on 09/17/2012 6:25:33 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Steelfish
"Romney Slams Obama Backers As Dependent On Government, Tax Dodgers..."

....... These are the people that "Vote For a Living."

...... That is .... they are the people that only vote for the candidate that will ensure that the government will financially support them, their family, and supply all things that will help them enjoy a carefree taxpayer paid lifestyle...... all you have to do in return .... is vote for the candidate that will give you the stuff.

33 posted on 09/17/2012 6:27:20 PM PDT by R_Kangel ( "A Nation of Sheep ..... Will Beget ..... a Nation Ruled by Wolves.")
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To: tapatio

Amy Carter got married? had a baby?


34 posted on 09/17/2012 6:28:37 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: Trueblackman
I no Romney supporter,

Well I'm no Obama supporter but apparently you are.

35 posted on 09/17/2012 6:31:21 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: God luvs America

Yeah he did:

“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what.”

“[M]y job is is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

So he’s a damned fool.


36 posted on 09/17/2012 6:35:14 PM PDT by gotribe (WTF?)
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To: ladyjane

He is Chip Carters son.


37 posted on 09/17/2012 6:36:08 PM PDT by tapatio (In memory of my Dad 5-27-26 2-4-2010)
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To: Steelfish

Same LATimes that hid the Rashid Khalidi tape? I’m shocked I tell you, shocked!


38 posted on 09/17/2012 6:43:32 PM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline)
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To: tapatio

Carters grandson, no surprise. Had to be dem undercover. But it doesn’t matter. The damage to Romney is done. The liberal media firestorm will swamp him for a week. Then the Obama commercials. Then it will come up in the debates. Best case scenario, it only takes him off message for (another) week. Worst case, Obama just got re-elected.

When I see what Obama has done and said over the last 4 years, the fact that he is still getting +45% of the vote, tells you how far we have fallen as a country. Just 15 years ago, some of the things Obama has done, would have gotten any president impeached. Heck even Biden sitting on that Biker Chick’s lap would have forced a VP resign, just 20 years ago.

Half our country doesn’t care anymore. Because Mitt is right. They are getting freebies from the government. However, this plays into the general persona of Mitt as a wealthy rich out of touch capitalist.

In the end, this is a big problem for Mitt. And I am afraid it is going to cost us any chance at the senate. And we probably lose 10-15 house seats.

Ugh,,, I feel bad tonite for the first time in this campaign season. If Mitt;s got any video or dirt on Obama, time to quit being nice and release it all.


39 posted on 09/17/2012 6:43:38 PM PDT by gswilder
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To: Steelfish
The lying liberal media is allowed to editorialize, comment, and opine on news stories in within the same column and paragraph. This is now standard liberal, left-wing journalism.

I get all of that. I think I'm just overtired from work today and thought I had misread.

40 posted on 09/17/2012 6:48:10 PM PDT by bigheadfred (evry day i'm shufflin')
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To: Steelfish

No, Mitt! Attack Obama, not his followers!!!
Geeeeeezzzzz!


41 posted on 09/17/2012 6:59:31 PM PDT by jch10 (America needs some R and R!)
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To: Venturer
obama said we all had to STFU and ride in the back of the bus... we all know what he meant by that... and we were 47%.

LLS

42 posted on 09/17/2012 7:04:03 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer ("if it looks like you are not gonna make it you gotta get mean, I mean plumb mad-dog mean" J. Wales)
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To: gotribe

“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what.”

“[M]y job is is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

I could be missing something, but I’m not seeing this as a disaster or anything. The media will try to rip him no matter what he says, but...

IF you’re an unmovable Obama voter, and you’re insulted by Romney’s remark, it doesn’t matter. Because you were never going to vote for him anyway (much of my family are these people, sadly). Could it up Obama’s base turnout? Meh. - don’t think so.

But if you’re a “gettable” independent who either has a job or desperately wants one, you’re just going to assume Romney isn’t talking about you. The 47% is someone else.

Not sure why an undecided would use this statement to orient them in such a fashion to be more likely to vote for Obama. If you have a scintilla of self-reliance and think the government is too intrusive (a majority still think so), why vote for Obama and deliberately align yourself with those other guys who are voting to keep the DC gravy train rolling? If you work for a living (or WANT to) you vote for Romney to show that you’re still one of those people that wants less government, not more. Why, out of spite, would you vote for Obama and align yourself with the people Romney’s talking about?

It’s almost like it’s a reverse psychology thing. “Prove you’re not a leech and vote Republican.”

Again, the average undecided voter will NEVER think Romney is talking about them when they think of the 47% in their heads. It’s always some other guy.


43 posted on 09/17/2012 7:12:20 PM PDT by Kingosaurus
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To: ladyjane

Are you crazy or new to Freerepublic, I am no Obama Supporter and them are fighting words in my book.


44 posted on 09/17/2012 8:20:36 PM PDT by Trueblackman (I would rather lose on Conservative principles than vote for a RINO candidate.)
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To: Steelfish

B-R-I-L-L-I-A-N-T stratagem!!!

Just think about the 47% right now. The leeches on the belly of the state tit. Sucking/leeches. Can you hear them?

This is like pouring salt on a slug right now. KEEP IT UP BOYS!

When there’s flak you are over the target.


45 posted on 09/17/2012 9:24:54 PM PDT by NowApproachingMidnight
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To: Steelfish

0bama created and released the “Julia” video.
A composite of someone dependent on Governement from cradle to grave

Why are Jourolists surprised???


46 posted on 09/17/2012 9:37:01 PM PDT by Steven Tyler
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To: timlot

The liberal elite aren’t going to be voting for him.


47 posted on 09/18/2012 2:14:11 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: gswilder

Romney will win the election with this video.


48 posted on 09/18/2012 2:15:40 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: God luvs America

The income tax was originally introduced as just a tax on the top 1%, not intended to reach anywhere near the bottom half.


49 posted on 09/18/2012 2:22:03 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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