Skip to comments.Romney Says GOP's Not 'Party of the Rich,' But 'of Those Who Want to Be Rich'
Posted on 07/16/2012 11:39:38 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
JACKSON, Miss. - At a fundraiser at a country club in Mississippi this evening that was expected to raise a record-breaking $1.7 million, Mitt Romney defended the Republican Party against its reputation as the "party of the rich" explaining that really, it is a party focused on helping the poor.
"We're accused, by the way - in our party - of being the party of the rich," Romney said. "And it's an awful moniker, because that's just not true. We're the party of people who want to get rich. And we're also the party of people who want to care to help people from getting poor. We want to help the poor.
"We also want to make sure people don't have to become poor," Romney said. "And we know what it takes to keep people from becoming poor."
This was Romney's second fundraiser of the day, his first in Louisiana raising at least $2 million, bringing the campaign's tally for the day to $3.7 million.
Romney himself seemed taken aback by the night's success, which a campaign aide said a finance analyst had determined was the single largest political fundraising event in Mississippi's history...
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Darn, if that doesn’t pass as one of truly most ineffective slogans or defenses I’ve ever heard! What’s he paying these campaign sages for—fashion advice?
There’s no two ways about it... Willard is an imbecile.
Besides being a liberal, Romney is a ditz when speaking. Will be terrible debater, stutters, can’t make a point. These quotes of his about the rich and poor is an example of his poor abiity to speak and make sense. He has foot in mouth disorder.
Vastly better version: The Democrats are the party of the poor, and they want to make you poor so you are beholden to them.
He’s just a real nice upper class guy who wants to help us peons. He and Obama share that trait, too. And Biden, Pelosi, Reid, et al. We’re from the government and we’te here to help you.
The DNC II candidate.
“Party of the people who WANT to be rich”! That’s got a nice ring to it, like an uppercut from George Foreman. Couple this with the dud trial balloons of Condi Rice and Tim Pawlenty, and you might say that we’ve got ourselves one damn shaky candidate. *sigh* Bob
And now that I’m rant worthy.
STFU regarding what I want. How the hell do you know if I want to be rich. I just want to survive.
actually its a pretty good answer. If you’re poor and want to be rich, GOP is the party for you because free market and low taxes increase job opportunities for everyone
Not Mitt’s finest hour, I’d have to agree. I get what he was trying to get across, but it didn’t really work, IMHO. The word “successful” instead of rich might have worked better here, given the Obama/MSM line of attack on Romney’s wealth. Now, I don’t think Romney made an epic gaffe along the lines of the crud Obama has been saying of late (and before), but I do think he missed an opportunity to sell himself to skeptical base voters.
The question is, what will see come convention time and the debates? Romney’s people and the GOP have made some smart moves in previous months, derailing a number of Obama’s re-election team’s lines of attack (remember “Dog Gate”?) Right now, though, it seems like Mitt has been on cruise control for a few weeks, much the way he was during many of the GOP primary debates. That’s not going to get it done. He’s competitive in all the battleground states right now, and he needs to capitalize on that. Voters know Obama is a failure, now give them a clear vision of why you’ll be better for them and the country, Mr. Romney.
He has largely borrowed this line from Michael Medved.
How much money do you need to kick a ball on the grass with your daughter?
The GOP is more the party of people that want to be free.
actually its a pretty good answer. If youre poor and want to be rich, GOP is the party for you because free market and low taxes increase job opportunities for everyone
The GOP isn’t the party of free market and small government. Every single GOP administration has increased the size of government and the amount of regulation. Just like the Dems, the GOP is the party of crony capitalism and privilege for the elites.
“We’re the party of people who want to get rich”
Ok, other than you just being one of those “bash Romney because he breathing” posters, you tell me what you would have said.
“and by the way.”. Uses it all the time, very catchy.
Should be the party for people that want FREEDOM!
I’m not rich and I don’t want to be rich. Not that I would’t love to hit the jackpot, just don’t want to put in the 80-100 hour weeks at this point in my life... 50 hours seems to work well for us right now. Will probably do it when my kids grow up.
The wealthiest Family are Democrats the Rockefeller
Dem for Bush has it right. “We’re the party of people who want to be successful”. Using word “rich” just makes people angry that they aren’t and he is.
I’m not a Romney-”basher.” He’s simply not the best candidate.
First off, why frame his response from an utterly inept Democrat mantra (party of the poor)? Why not rephrase, if we MUST use their descriptions of themselves, the response? The GOP’s the party of responsibility, of rugged AMERICAN inidividualism, of focused hard work, of success-driven, tax-paying, high-achievers. If the Democrats are the party of or for the poor, we’re the party whose taxes assure that the poor won’t starve, roads will be built, our children will be educated, our country will be defended. To be “rich” is the goal of lottery-ticket-buyers, not of Republicans. Or how about “Republicans like to MAKE their money, not to stand in line waiting for it.” Good grief, man, there are a thousand better messages than the one his incompetent staff (Schmidt!) chose for him.