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VIDEO: Mitt Romney Responds to ’47 Percent’ Comment, Says It Wasn’t “Elegantly Stated”
Fox News ^ | September 17, 2012

Posted on 09/17/2012 8:21:38 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Republican candidate Mitt Romney responded to criticism after a video surfaced of him calling out 47 percent of Americans for not paying income taxes, saying they all feel entitled to government handouts and will vote for President Obama no matter what. In the video, Romney can be heard saying that it’s not his job to convince those people to vote for him, but rather he needs to focus on independent voters.

Romney defended to the tape, saying, “It doesn’t capture the question, so I don’t know precisely what was asked, but I think it was about my campaign and how I’d be able to get the majority of voters to support me.”

The GOP nominee asked for the entire video to be released. He said that it was not “elegantly stated” and that he was “speaking off the cuff.”

Romney went on to say that it’s a message he plans on continuing to carry....

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


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: romney; taxes; welfare
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YES!!!!
1 posted on 09/17/2012 8:21:51 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Typical white person.”


2 posted on 09/17/2012 8:22:47 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oh, you mean he made another misstep. (eye roll)
STOP apologizing Romney, what you said is true, most of the people who support obama ARE on the government dole.


3 posted on 09/17/2012 8:24:26 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Romney has to be careful that he doesn’t dig himself deeper into this sh*t which is just what the media wants him to do.


4 posted on 09/17/2012 8:24:41 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

sounds like he’s getting serious....

October is going to be fun


5 posted on 09/17/2012 8:24:48 PM PDT by mike_9958
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think he’s starting to figure out he has to fight for it if he wants it.


6 posted on 09/17/2012 8:25:45 PM PDT by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The MSM Obama Media is trying to gin this up to deflect from the fact that Obama is a completely failed President, who is watching his failed policies go up in smok as we speak!


7 posted on 09/17/2012 8:25:51 PM PDT by Trueblackman (I would rather lose on Conservative principles than vote for a RINO candidate.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No apology. Hit hard!


8 posted on 09/17/2012 8:26:13 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

53% of the voters approve this message.


9 posted on 09/17/2012 8:27:04 PM PDT by Qwackertoo (Romney/Ryan 2012 The Future of Our Children and Their Children are at stake.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I thought Romney did very well in the press conference. If we see that Mitt in the debates, I’m pretty confident about his chances in November.


10 posted on 09/17/2012 8:27:35 PM PDT by DemforBush (100% Ex-Democrat.)
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To: Trueblackman
Ads

Gas

Middle East

Jobs

Food Prices

Plus there are a ton of people this was the elephant in the room now lets discuss it

11 posted on 09/17/2012 8:28:13 PM PDT by scooby321 (AMS)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This isn't even trending on Twitter. It is a non-event, even though the media will try to run with it.
12 posted on 09/17/2012 8:28:13 PM PDT by Major Matt Mason ("Journalism is dead. All news is suspect." - Noamie)
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To: svcw

He didnt apologize. He said it is the same thing I say in public.
Good for him, now start talking about high gas prices whenever he talks about the 47pcters not paying their fair share and see how quick the media changes the subject


13 posted on 09/17/2012 8:29:26 PM PDT by italianquaker ( 17 percent of the tea partiers support barry obama, the fox poll said so lol)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The middle east is melting down, and the MSM is playing “gotcha” with Romney. Jerez.


14 posted on 09/17/2012 8:30:26 PM PDT by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I hope that Romney is truly shocked by the viciousness of the Obama campaign and the sycophantic Obama media dupes. They would "tear his lungs out" (H/T Hillary) if they could.

Mitt, fight, fight and fight some more!

15 posted on 09/17/2012 8:31:41 PM PDT by JPG (Make it happen)
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To: Major Matt Mason
What else have they got? A Mideast fiasco? An unemployment rate not seen since the Depression? Our credit rating headed for B- or worse? The blind sheik released to Egypt? $4 gas? ObamaCare? Homosexual marriage?
16 posted on 09/17/2012 8:32:49 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: mike_9958
October is going to be fun

That reminds me, wasn't Donald Trump going to release something damaging to Obama? Waiting til October, or called off by the Romney Campaign?

17 posted on 09/17/2012 8:33:06 PM PDT by MamaLucci
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To: svcw

But many of the ‘public servants’ don’t think of themselves on the dole, yet they are and still net negative tax paying citizens.


18 posted on 09/17/2012 8:34:28 PM PDT by griswold3 (Big Government does not tolerate rivals.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Barack Ubama is focused on E.D. ... ENVY & DIVISION!

Force more people on to the public dole and create as much government dependency as he can.


19 posted on 09/17/2012 8:36:33 PM PDT by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals crazy!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

” - - - The GOP nominee asked for the entire video to be released.”

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


20 posted on 09/17/2012 8:37:53 PM PDT by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: DemforBush

that is what libs are afraid of. Romney looks very presidential and will kill in debate and need to take him b4 then..


21 posted on 09/17/2012 8:38:34 PM PDT by scbison
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To: MamaLucci

The Donald isn’t real reliable....

I’m kinda wondering how long it will take for all these protests to blow-up in the MSM.

I know I’m being optimistic or naive, but really ?


22 posted on 09/17/2012 8:38:38 PM PDT by mike_9958
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To: mike_9958

Gotta give Mitt credit, he didn’t back down. Now he needs to get on message, stay agressive. Go after Obama. Nice guys lose. Whatever dirt Mitt has (and they do have Obama dirt), they need to play hard ball and release it right back.


23 posted on 09/17/2012 8:40:12 PM PDT by gswilder
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
When enough people figure out that they can vote in people who will give them free stuff, then the seeds of destruction of the republic are sown.
24 posted on 09/17/2012 8:41:00 PM PDT by entropy12
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To: svcw

” - - - - him calling out 47 percent of Americans for not paying income taxes, saying they all feel entitled to government handouts and will vote for President Obama no matter what. “

Are these the same 47 % who are guilty of “NOT PAYING THEIR FAIR SHARE?”


25 posted on 09/17/2012 8:42:36 PM PDT by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: Major Matt Mason; 2ndDivisionVet
David Burge ‏@iowahawkblog How DARE Romney call me dependent on government and also not give me free birth control
26 posted on 09/17/2012 8:43:36 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

27 posted on 09/17/2012 8:44:43 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: svcw

I watched the News Conference video. I did NOT see him apologizing. He said “...this is the message I will continue to carry.” Of course, I’d have loved to have seen him a little more assertive, but, I thought he handled it well. If he’d said something like: “I’m sorry if I offended anyone...” I’d have been livid. But, he didn’t. (Thank God)


28 posted on 09/17/2012 8:45:26 PM PDT by Cherokeesquaw
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To: Graewoulf
Bingo. I thought Obie and his minions wanted “shared sacrifice”.
29 posted on 09/17/2012 8:45:32 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (ObamaCare is an assault on the unborn, infirmed and elderly. GOP, repeat this as necessary...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Tomorrow he should have an ad running promoting job creation with tax cuts. Some of Obama’s dependents really would prefer a job.
30 posted on 09/17/2012 8:45:48 PM PDT by Just mythoughts (Please help Todd Akin defeat Claire and the GOP-e send money!!!!!)
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To: Cherokeesquaw

and when he said he used bad of choice or something to that effect was not in his prepared text, it was used when he was asked a question..


31 posted on 09/17/2012 8:47:34 PM PDT by scbison
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To: smoothsailing
I heard somewhere tonight that early voting starts in 10 ( I think ) states before the first debate. It is going to be a squeaker.
32 posted on 09/17/2012 8:47:57 PM PDT by Irish Eyes
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It may have not been NLP wordsmithed to manipulate people like Obama’s teleprompter, but it was accurate.


33 posted on 09/17/2012 8:48:26 PM PDT by mnehring
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could this be a sneaky “gotcha” from the Romney camp...a way to steal away the news cycle from Obama?


34 posted on 09/17/2012 8:51:20 PM PDT by Kolath
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I’m not sure if you’re asking me a question or making a statement. What he said was that he was answering a question about how he planned to win the election and that his comment “was not elegantly stated”. But, he did not back down.


35 posted on 09/17/2012 8:51:20 PM PDT by Cherokeesquaw
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To: Cherokeesquaw

just making a statement


36 posted on 09/17/2012 8:52:43 PM PDT by scbison
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To: Cherokeesquaw

You are correct Romney did not say I apologize or I may have offended he did say I didn’t say it elegantly and off the cuff - good grief that is an apology.


37 posted on 09/17/2012 8:53:06 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: Steelfish

I said this on the original Post about this situation:

If “You didn’t build that” didn’t sink Obama, this won’t sink Romney. I don’t think there is a total of 10% of the people in America who are not familiar with Obama’s statement. He offended a lot more than 47% of the people with his statement. This too shall pass.


38 posted on 09/17/2012 8:55:02 PM PDT by Cherokeesquaw
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To: Steelfish

I said this on the original Post about this situation:

If “You didn’t build that” didn’t sink Obama, this won’t sink Romney. I don’t think there is a total of 10% of the people in America who are not familiar with Obama’s statement. He offended a lot more than 47% of the people with his statement. This too shall pass.


39 posted on 09/17/2012 8:58:36 PM PDT by Cherokeesquaw
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Romney was strong in the press conference. He was correct that the statement was a little inelegant (imagine how unpolished Obama’s message sounds behind the scenes. “I can’t believe these stupid Americans actually think they built it”)
But his message was fundamentally correct. The welfare state is too expansive. If Romney can refine and sharpen the message, this will be an effective attack line, and it’s good to see Freepers giving him credit for not backing down. Makes you wonder if he did something right...


40 posted on 09/17/2012 9:02:10 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Good response.


41 posted on 09/17/2012 9:02:44 PM PDT by callthemlikeyouseethem (Biden10/19/08: "I probably shouldn't have said all this because.. the press is here")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A nominated Republican candidate speaks “inelegantly”? I must therefore call upon Romney to immediately step aside so that we can select another candidate who will not be attacked by the mainstream media and thus endanger other Republican candidates.


42 posted on 09/17/2012 9:02:50 PM PDT by Controlling Legal Authority
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I disagree. This is THE breakout moment for Romney!

47 % of Americans do NOT pay their fair share of Personal Federal Income Taxes.

Romney up to now has embraced the RINO Hydra of trying in vain to win over Moderates, Independents, Undecided and the other fence sitters.

Here is the main idea from the article that I base this on: “ - - - Asked why he wouldn’t go full-throttle and assail Obama as corrupt, Romney explained the internal thinking of his campaign and revealed that he and his aides, in response to focus-group studies conducted by his consultants, were hesitant to hammer the president too hard out of fear of alienating independents who voted for Obama in 2008 - - - . “

Key phrases that keep Romney tied with Obama are “his aides,” focus-group studies,” “his consultants,” and “fear of alienating independents.”

PC stands for “Poor Choice” Romney, and is the favorite tool of the Liberals.

America needs a leader to get us back on the Right Track, Romney.

Tick-Tock Romney: can you discard the above 4 PC groups that keep you tied with Obama? Tick-Tock.


43 posted on 09/17/2012 9:04:25 PM PDT by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: Controlling Legal Authority

” - - - A nominated Republican candidate speaks “inelegantly”? - - - “

Since when is feasting on RED MEAT supposed to be “elegant?”


44 posted on 09/17/2012 9:07:06 PM PDT by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Go Mitt!!!!!


45 posted on 09/17/2012 9:08:12 PM PDT by toddausauras (FUBO x 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Going to be interesting to see what he fall out on this is. This is either the point the election was won or lost by Mitt Romney. The GOP is rallying to his cause. The Dems are going bat sh*t crazy. It’s all boils down to the independents. If their inner guilty white person comes out, Romney is toast. If the indies like it, Romney will win....We’ll know in a week.


46 posted on 09/17/2012 9:08:39 PM PDT by GR_Jr. ("On Nov.6 I guess I will swallow that bitter pill called Mitt Romney...only to stop 0bama")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This was Romney’s BEST SPEECH EVER!

Up til now I’ve considered him a nauseating RINO, but this speech TOTALLY changes my mind about him.

Why the hell is he apologizing for it???


47 posted on 09/17/2012 9:13:36 PM PDT by Rytwyng (I'm still fond of the United States. I just can't find it. -- Fred Reed)
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To: Graewoulf

A politician tells you what you want to hear in a speech. But they tell you what they really believe in impromptu remarks.

I think Romney’s remarks about the 47% were dead on. And I’m convinced he believes this.

Conservatives who have doubts about this guy should seriously reconsider.


48 posted on 09/17/2012 9:17:05 PM PDT by Jaguarmike
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To: Graewoulf

"Elegance"....:)

49 posted on 09/17/2012 9:18:27 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep, the clowns will eat me)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Romney did a very good job on this.


50 posted on 09/17/2012 9:19:31 PM PDT by Gator113 (I would have voted for NEWT, now it's Ryan and the other guy.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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