Skip to comments.Live Thread: Romney to Speak to Press Tonight About '47% Video' Comments
Posted on 09/17/2012 7:09:29 PM PDT by kristinn
Political reporters on Twitter are saying they are standing by for a Romney media availability on the video released today by Mother Jones of Romney at a May fundraiser speaking frankly of his thoughts on Obama's base voters and their entitlement mentality, aka the 47% who pay no federal income taxes.
The media and GOP-E have jumped ugly on Romney tonight.
Steve Holland, Reuters: Romney at press avail to respond to video says his comments weren't "elegantly stated," and "could have said it in a more effective way."
Nope. The 47%ers that would vote for Mitt want out of the dependency game. They hate it. They’re using it in the way it was intended, or as it was sold- temporary assistance.
Are you kidding? Oboma has trashed the economy, put us into a debt we’ll never be able to pay, divided America like no other president ever has, the friggen bloodthirsty Islamists are on a rampage in the middle east. and Israel is just biding time.
You’re worried about an old, and truthful, video clip?
And the media will ignore the economy, the middle east, Israel, and focus like a laser on that old video clip.
Romney is right in this fight.
This is important. If Mitt can successfully pivot this to economic ideology, he can present a choice to the American people that we will win. If Mitt can get the message across that he believes in the dignity of a paycheck over a welfare check, and that Obama is a European style leader offering presents he can’t afford in exchange for votes, he will win the debates for sure.
You see, there is already a socialist narrative surrounding Obama. He appointed a communist, was mentored by communists, he’s nationalized healthcare, more people are on food stamps thanks to him etc..
Dick Morris is right in his analysis that feeding into narratives that already exist can be devastating. Unfortunately, it works both ways, and this can be used by Obama to push the “Mitt is a rich guy who doesn’t understand everyday struggles” BS. Romney has to get better at delivering his message. He has to start getting tough, and letting loose with the cash in swing states.
The Democrats have successfully made this election a choice, not a referendum on zero. We can still win on this playing field, as long as the choice is worded in the way we want it
Socialism vs. capitalism.
because they all belong to the spineless party.
Ignore cripple. He just hates Romney and will say anything to tear Mitt down. He's not even casting a serious ballot for President this year. Plans to flush his vote down the crapper on some 3rd party nobody.
I agree. Weird camera angle.
Many seniors pay income taxes. You don’t have to have that much income to pass the threshold after which your SS payments are taxable.
You began the interaction by calling me a troll ~
The “bitter clingers” comment was brought up on the Greta panel, too...it was pointed out that Hillary used that against Barry in the primaries.
Mitt spoke to a Hispanic interest group today, and I'm guessing his speech left a mark, hence the pre-arranged "leak".
You know Axelrod an awful lot better than I do. Is it bent?
They will try to spin this as Romney denigrating the people who either actually earned a gov’t pension or actually need it.
No one’s gonna buy it. Everyone knows whom he is talking about. They might try for the “racist” angle, but that would be actually racist in and of itself.
a lot of people probably agree with you.... thanks for a very good post.
So my 84 year old mother, whose income is 17K a year should pay more taxes? Really????
And you began 'the interaction' by calling me a democrat lackey, troll.
All the man has to do is ask...
“What’s your choice? Vote for me, get/hold a job when I turn the economy around and pay taxes or sit and be an able bodied burden on the system? Let your pride in yourself determine your vote.”
I thought I was seeing things..I even looked away and looked back, and yep...Something was different IMO. Could have been the angle?...Dunno
Be careful about what is “disabled” these days too. There’s lots of people with stress-related disabilities. Most of those are just people with minor problems who could have been helped but the gummint would rather call them disabled than risk adding them to the unemployment rolls. Stress-related disability is becoming a common way to keep the gravy train running after the unemployment runs out.
“But his statement makes it look like they are nothing but lazy leeches. “
I’m a senior on S.S. and Medicare and it never occurred to me that Romney was talking about people like me.
The Press really think they are running the show ...
I have many more than one Vote ... I am voting every day with what I do on a daily basis... they may only count the one I cast in November but me and millions more like me still vote every day.
The media has been as biased or more so in the past, the republicans who overcome it do so by force of personality.
Reagan, imho, did it with two odd incidents. The “I’m paying for this microphone!”outburst, and when a black guy in Harlem argued with Reagan, Reagan told him off. Oddly, the people and media liked both.
Romney does well enough in his words, he attacks Obama a lot, but he is mild mannered. I don’t mean weak I think he’s tough, but his manner is very polite. Very presidential, really. But will it work?
[ I think they put this out now because Obama was starting to get killed on the Middle East demonstrations. ]
Mitt comments were about govt dependence .
And of course, he isn’t.
The constitution was amended to authorize income taxes ~ from any source ~ but for most of my life there's been an invidious differentiation between wages earned by the poor and dividends accepted by the rich ~ mostly for the purpose of defeating the effect of the personal income tax rates on the rich.
Time to end the class war!
why are you bringing up tax rates now ???
Mitt comments were about govt dependence .
Nope, everyone knows whom he’s talking about.
And it’s not those who earned it or truly need it.
without knowing it, the dopes have handed Romney a golden opportunity
So if she is living off of SS checks, she is getting every dime she paid in, that was then spent by the government on other stuff, and therefore being paid back with money from younger worker’s checks, which we will never see.
Romney was not talking about her, nor demanding she pay more taxes.
Nice try, though.
I collect S.S. and never thought he was referring to me. Anybody with a grain of sense knows who he was talking about.
That’s right; everyone knows exactly the type of people he’s talking about. Leeches.
Unfortunately, the dopes also know how to keep lying and harping until people begin to believe them. From what I hear tonight, though, Mitt did well. GOOD!
There is no other issue. Those people who don't pay federal personal income taxes didn't chose to receive incomes low enough that they didn't have to pay!
Small correction: You are getting back what was earlier paid in to the system.
The broker, Jimmy Carter’s grandson is quoted as saying this: Ive been trying to get paid for this but it hasnt worked out yet, he told New York magazine. This might help.
Now why would a good, socialist-Democrat want to get paid? lol
“Im a senior on S.S. and Medicare and it never occurred to me that Romney was talking about people like me.”
Course not! You actually have common sense.
Those guys running with that line are really just ABRs and DU trolls looking for some angle to piggyback on the MSMs BS.
People who do what they can with their resources and love this country - and do what is right for it- know he is not talking about them.
muawiyah/cliff is a retired postal employee. He has his issues.
"clinging to guns and religion..."
come on.....stop with the handwringing for pete's sake.
You are the one who does not understand the system, not Romney.
~ Now if you want to believe that Mitt knows differently ........................ that would not be a good idea to bandy it about eh!
GOOD. He shouldn’t. What he said was true.
Correct and why his comments were not very well thought out, according to the audio/video.
But another Freeper made a good point. You can’t just write off 47% of the population. Then you assume you’ve got the other 53% and Romney doesn’t. He needs some of those 47% and can win some but not if they feel insulted.
The saving grace is going to be that many, if not most, of those 47% don’t believe he was talking about them. Most people truly want to contribute and do better. They don’t like handouts and will view Romney’s comments as directed to others and not them.
So, it was at a May fundraiser...but Mother Jones doesn’t release it until a month and a half before the election, right when Obama’s bounce is starting to fade?
Ah-huh. Nothing suspicious about that...