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Why Obama Didn't Mention the 47 Percent Video (Axelrod promises "some adjustments" for next debate)
Thu Oct. 4, 2012 ^ | David Corn

Posted on 10/04/2012 11:05:06 PM PDT by presidio9

After the first presidential debate in Denver—which an on-the-attack Mitt Romney seemed to exploit better than a noncombative President Barack Obama—at least one question loomed: Why had the president not once referred to the 47 percent video that showed Romney denigrating half of Americans as moochers and victims who don't assume responsibility for their lives? After all, this video seemed to have sent the Romney campaign reeling, and focus groups conducted by both campaigns have found it had a serious impact on voter perceptions of Romney.

The morning after the debate, I contacted several Democratic strategists. They each said they were puzzled by Obama's silence on this topic and by his decision not to say a word about Romney's days at Bain Capital. "This is the stuff that has been working for us," one remarked. "Bain, 47 percent,

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TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; 2012debates; democrats; obama
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To: MacMattico

The 47% includes the retired on SS, the disabled, those between jobs (who are actively working and want even a low paying job), and people like myself who have chosen to work (for 40 years now) for under 25K and often under 20K.

I consider myself a millionaire. I have lived in a third world for a number of years and am so blessed to live in America.
I have a roof over my head, clothes on my back, and food on the table. I don’t have cable or ‘dish’ but I don’t want it - I can use my money wiser in other ways.
The government has ‘tried’ to send me help and I have sent it back registered mail. I don’t want it.
When I crunch the numbers - I do pay in taxes about 4.5K and with matching payroll about 6K. [Durable goods, state tax, phone, town, gas, SS, Medicaid, Medicare,...]
I will not vote for a liberal. Romney does not have to worry about me voting for his opponent - but I am part of that 47%.
We need smaller government and lower taxes for all. Al Gore’s tax on the phone bill to provide computers in the classroom was taxation without representation.
MacMattico: I am not attacking you or your comments, I guess I am unloading as one who seems to be included in the 47%. At least 20% of those in the church here would fall into that 47% category and not one of them will be voting for Obama that I know of.
The 47% that Romney seemed to refer to and Obama seems to count on may be closer to 39%.
God Bless.

21 posted on 10/05/2012 4:00:51 AM PDT by PastorJimCM (truth matters)
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To: presidio9

I’d like to think that Mitt had a response ready for that, should it come up. Thirty seconds would be more than enough time to explain, elaborate and send it back in his face.

22 posted on 10/05/2012 4:41:30 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: PastorJimCM

You words are insightful and humbling to all. In my view, you are what an American was in the past. We have all become lazy and neglectful. Thanks for speaking up and letting us all hear it. Liberty and Freedom are not just words. You live it.

23 posted on 10/05/2012 4:44:06 AM PDT by marygam (#Hurry November 2012, we might not make it#)
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To: PastorJimCM

I totally didn’t post what I meant to say! (Like Romney?!) I meant that all the 47% aren’t freeloaders and won’t necessarily vote for Obama. Those that will vote Obama are pretty much unreachable, depending on entitlements for every aspect of their life and not trying to do anything else. I wasn’t counting retirees, those disabled, or those that lost a job. I’m sorry if it sounded otherwise. I grew up in a family where my father didn’t make much, but I never really looked at his taxes. With a family of six, we were eligible for certain “programs”, like free lunch, but my father and mother always said it was their job to provide, and they did. We did lots of things at home, this made us close as a family. I never realized I was “poor” as a child until I was much older. Once again, sorry for that post. My mom and dad would never have voted for Obama, either!

24 posted on 10/05/2012 4:49:39 AM PDT by MacMattico
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To: Tanniker Smith

I’m sure he did have a response. I’m thinking it was probably the Obama tape released the day before where he expressed his angry anti white sentiments. Obama didnt want to put the tapes on the table.

25 posted on 10/05/2012 4:52:13 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: MacMattico

Amen. No offense taken.

The card shark of a president, with slight of hand, says that if we don’t raise taxes (and the debt ceiling) then seniors won’t receive SS payments and roads and bridges won’t be repaired.
SS payments go in each quarter and gas taxes more than pay for the road repairs. They just don’t seem to put it into a ‘lock box’ as Al Gore promised. [Another pet peeve]

26 posted on 10/05/2012 4:59:21 AM PDT by PastorJimCM (truth matters)
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To: Deo volente

Mitt has rendered the issue moot today by admitting his remarks were “completely wrong”. Good move on his part. It’s a non-issue now.
Obama didn’t mention it... because many reports show it HELPS ROMNEY! Romney now saying it was wrong... makes me, and others, like and respect him less.
he’s just another politician, who will say what he thinks will win.
i’ll only vote for him, because Obama is magnitudes worse!

27 posted on 10/05/2012 6:04:50 AM PDT by Elendur (It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: MrDem
The real reason they did not mention the 47% comment is that Romney would explain his comments and destroy a hundred million dollars of ads based on the lying out of context use. Romney would have also neutered the effective of those ads if run the future. Since it was not bought up, Obama can keep trying to run those ads.

Right on! Obama knew Romney would have a well-prepared response. What Romney has to do now is take the initiative and put that response out on his own.

28 posted on 10/05/2012 6:06:21 AM PDT by New Jersey Realist (America: home of the free because of the brave)
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To: llevrok
To All:

I think the 47% is working for Obama because it's a large number and easily outweighs 8% unemployment. It's catchy and sticks in your mind. I think Romney should come out with a large, positive number - say 97%, that is his goal of the number of Americans seeking employment to find jobs. Either that or bombard the public with so many numbers that they become irrelevant and are easily dismissed.

29 posted on 10/05/2012 6:16:34 AM PDT by Boomer One
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