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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....

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To: 2ndDivisionVet
He said that it was not “elegantly stated” and that he was “speaking off the cuff.”

It happens to the best of them, Mitt. And don't worry -- no one will be asking for you to withdraw from the race for your verbal misstep. However you might lose your super PAC funding from Karl Rove, but that's his business.

51 posted on 09/17/2012 9:20:56 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My question is what’s he doing in California of all States?


52 posted on 09/17/2012 9:21:33 PM PDT by Doofer (Still, a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Maybe an Annual Citizen’s Tax would be a good minimum “Fair Share Tax?”

Yeah, I know - - - Obama and his illegal aliens from Mexico would not have to pay.


53 posted on 09/17/2012 9:21:55 PM PDT by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: Jaguarmike

I agree. It is perhaps the case that we should give Romney the benefit of the doubt when it comes to his Massachusetts record. Often Republicans in heavily liberal places govern as liberals. Look at Arnie. I think President Romney may be a lot more different from Governor Romney than we expect.
Glenn Beck put it perfectly.

“I’m not sure Romney is going to agree with me on every policy, but I know where Obama stands. He wants to ruin the country”


54 posted on 09/17/2012 9:25:30 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

MSNBC has been on this every show all night, you would think they caught Romney in bed with a male lover from the fuss they are making. They seem to think this ends the race.,

Glad he DIDNT apologize, that would have been a disaster and the real end.


55 posted on 09/17/2012 9:25:35 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is still a liberal. Just watch him. (Obama-ney Care ))
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To: sickoflibs

MSNBC spent days on RNC Peanutgate, an incident that probably didn’t even happen, so what do you expect?


56 posted on 09/17/2012 9:29:08 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: GR_Jr.
This will be a tough thing to fight. The Dems are going to pounce on it in order administer a knockout blow. Many of those 47% may not pay income taxes, but they are working and pay SS and Medicare taxes. The MSM will make a big deal out of this.

Obama has said some outrageous things to donors that never got the traction it deserved, e.g., clinging to their guns, bible, etc. Hopefully, the Romney campaign will remind people of those statements, which unfortunately were not captured on vidoe but they were captured on audio.

57 posted on 09/17/2012 9:29:13 PM PDT by kabar
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
A bit of a mixed message there. We all don't want to pay taxes but many people are collecting from the government.

The MSM tries to suffocate Romney with this stuff so he can't have space to attack Obama on the bad economy.

58 posted on 09/17/2012 9:31:18 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (I'll believe it when I don't see it.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
RE :”MSNBC spent days on RNC Peanutgate, an incident that probably didn’t even happen, so what do you expect?

They want all 47% as loyal viewers but many don't have cable.

59 posted on 09/17/2012 9:33:28 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is still a liberal. Just watch him. (Obama-ney Care ))
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To: kabar

The MSM would make a big deal out of Mitt wearing different colored socks on either foot, while giving Barry a pass if he killed, cooked and ate a girl scout in the Rose Garden. It is what it is.


60 posted on 09/17/2012 9:33:50 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: sickoflibs

They have Dish or DirectTV.


61 posted on 09/17/2012 9:35:51 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: 2ndDivisionVet

If Obama gets re-elected it is only because of the MSM.

Not because of anything Obama has done, that is for sure!


62 posted on 09/17/2012 9:38:02 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (I'll believe it when I don't see it.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; sickoflibs
MSNBC has been on this every show all night, you would think they caught Romney in bed with a male lover from the fuss they are making. They seem to think this ends the race.

MSNBC spent days on RNC Peanutgate, an incident that probably didn’t even happen, so what do you expect?


Who is this MSNBC you speak of and what is their ratings for the last year or two? The last time I saw something MSLSD had an audience of less then half of Fox's and CNN's was less than a 3rd of Fox's (or something to that effect). So they're maybe only preaching to the left's loyal base anyway.
63 posted on 09/17/2012 9:40:23 PM PDT by brent13a
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

...so the moochers are mad when someone points out they’re mooching?

You know what most people SHOULD be mad about? Watching their money to buy votes of ungrateful moochers....


64 posted on 09/17/2012 9:45:51 PM PDT by Tzimisce (THIS SUCKS)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
There is a problem with the sentiment Romney expressed, though it's not one the press or the left (but I repeat myself) will pick up on and criticize: he seems to assume those currently dependent on government support wish to remain that way. Surely many do and will vote to make their position as serfs of the Federal government as comfortable as possible, but some, be it only a 47th of the 47% (and I suspect it's more), surely resent needing to rely on the government, wish for a better economy and the chance to do without government largess, and some of these have the wit to vote for an improved economy.
65 posted on 09/17/2012 9:50:25 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know...)
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To: brent13a; 2ndDivisionVet
RE :” So they're maybe only preaching to the left’s loyal base anyway.

While on that subject they (MSNBC) been on the ‘Whoopie, Obama is beating Romney BIG’ theme for a couple of weeks now, since the DNC.
FNC has been significantly less confident about Romney the same period talking about unfair media bias and such. Laura Ingraham and Rush too are saying things that indicate that they are not happy.

Of course many NEW opportunities just appeared for Romney and FNC. Lets see if he can use them effectively.

66 posted on 09/17/2012 9:51:47 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is still a liberal. Just watch him. (Obama-ney Care ))
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To: sickoflibs; 2ndDivisionVet
Of course many NEW opportunities just appeared for Romney and FNC. Lets see if he can use them effectively.

Most people I talk too, conservative/independant/leftist have already made up their minds and there is almost nothing that could "breaK' on the news that would change their minds in the next 6 weeks.
The only people I know who are happily & ecstatically voting for Obama are the tiny tiny core of liberals and the slowwitted middle-class whom aren't really that smart but pretend to be smart by being leftists.
I honestly think Obama will be sunk by the huge number of blacks that will stay home and just not vote....I think that is going to be an astronomical number.
67 posted on 09/17/2012 10:01:08 PM PDT by brent13a
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Good job Mitt, keep turning it up!


68 posted on 09/17/2012 10:02:46 PM PDT by Java4Jay (The evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance of the people.)
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To: sickoflibs; 2ndDivisionVet
Let me clarify what I meant with: The only people I know who are happily & ecstatically voting for Obama are the tiny tiny core of liberals and the slowwitted middle-class whom aren't really that smart but pretend to be smart by being leftists.

I mean:
The only people I know who are happily & ecstatically voting for Obama are the tiny tiny core of liberals and those within the middle class whom are slowwitted & whom aren't really that smart but pretend to be smart by being leftists.

I didn't mean to imply that all of the middle class is slowwitted and stupid.....just the ones who vote Liberal.
69 posted on 09/17/2012 10:11:36 PM PDT by brent13a
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To: Cherokeesquaw

“If “You didn’t build that” didn’t sink Obama...”

Who says that it didn’t? We won’t know till November. I think it WILL.


70 posted on 09/17/2012 10:15:26 PM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears (John Roberts did more to endanger the lives of Americans than all 9/11 hijackers combined.)
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To: ez

If he does not already know it, he is just another McCain and Obama will eat him alive.


71 posted on 09/17/2012 10:17:43 PM PDT by 353FMG (The US Constitution is only as effective as those who enforce it.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obama’s accomplishments:

Osama dead (look what good THAT did)
Obamacare, which most people hate
The economy which EVERYONE knows sucks
Unemployment through the roof
High gas prices
GM dying, owing taxpayers billions
But hey, he’s black

Somebody remind me of why they think he will be re-elected?


72 posted on 09/17/2012 10:19:00 PM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears (John Roberts did more to endanger the lives of Americans than all 9/11 hijackers combined.)
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To: Major Matt Mason
This isn't even trending on Twitter. It is a non-event, even though the media will try to run with it.

Interesting... thanks for that info.

73 posted on 09/17/2012 10:20:11 PM PDT by nutmeg (I'm with Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz: "ABO"/Ryan 2012)
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To: Major Matt Mason

We should run with “We’re the 53% and we’re sick and tired of footing the bills!”


74 posted on 09/17/2012 10:22:48 PM PDT by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Geez, who in the world doesn’t realize that Obama’s strategy and that of the Democrats in general has been to get as many people as possible to depend on the government for all sorts of free crap they’d be unwilling to have to pay for and then use this to threaten them by saying the Republicans will take it away if they’re elected so stay safe and vote Democrat?


75 posted on 09/17/2012 10:25:13 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Geez, who in the world doesn't realize that Obama's strategy and that of the Democrats in general has been to get as many people as possible to depend on the government for all sorts of free crap they'd be unwilling to have to pay for and then use this to threaten them by saying the Republicans will take it away if they're elected so stay safe and vote Democrat?

I mean, just recently it was, "Republicans want to take away your contraceptives. We'll give you free contraceptives by mandating that your employer or insurance company pay for them." The unspoken message is, "If you want to keep getting free contraceptives, keep voting for us. If you want to lose them, get pregnant and be punished with a pregnancy, and then be forced into a back alley abortion, then vote for Republicans."
76 posted on 09/17/2012 10:28:31 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears
Somebody remind me of why they think he will be re-elected?

Two major reasons.....

1) He's black (forget about the white half)

2) He's liberal (never mind that he's hardcore marxist leftist). Liberal is good enough.

For the left-wing ideology, that is all that liberals, demoRAT's, unions, special protected minorities, need in order to vote. It's not enough to just be black, but you gotta be black & liberal...and then the media will gush & fawn all over you.

And last of all, the white leftist marxists & liberal guilt-ridden lefties will kick in for 0dumb0, inluding 76% of the Jewish dumbass liberals.

If God does not intervene and somehow give us a miracle, it is over, I am sad to say. Even with millions of Christians working & praying & contributing, I am afraid that God will not work things out to prevent the voter fraud, and to somehow inspire all conservatives & patriots & those who call themselves Christians to vote for Romney. Forget that he is a Mormon. Right now people to step up in a huge way for ABO...and put Mitt in the WH, more specically to get that RAT bastard commie pig muzzlim 0dumb0 OUT of the WH.

77 posted on 09/17/2012 10:46:24 PM PDT by rcrngroup
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Undercover Romney fundraiser video leaked by Jimmy Carter’s grandson

(As it is reported that he is unemployed, he was probably hoping to make some money off this)

Michelle Malkin at Twitchy has this ....
http://twitchy.com/2012/09/17/undercover-romney-fundraiser-video-leaked-by-jimmy-carters-grandson/

If the links not clickable, I apologize, don’t post much and not sure if it will translate ~


78 posted on 09/17/2012 11:06:47 PM PDT by IwaCornDogs ("There Will Be Bamboozeling" ~ Nobama 08')
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We are the Makers.

We are the 53%.

FIRE Obama.

HIRE Romney.

America SAVED.

Film at 11.


79 posted on 09/17/2012 11:13:32 PM PDT by bigoil (Study Thy Nixon)
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To: Rytwyng

>>Why the hell is he apologizing for it???

If there is an apology there, which is really stretching the meaning of the word, it is not for what was said, but how it was expressed (”inelegantly”).


80 posted on 09/17/2012 11:14:02 PM PDT by expat1000
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To: IwaCornDogs
The link worked fine.
Anne Onymous poster has leaked things out before. Seems like he/she likes the attention/thrill.
81 posted on 09/17/2012 11:32:21 PM PDT by Christie at the beach (I like Newt.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My father never made over $38,000 a year with a family of six. My mother stayed home with us. He was all for a flat tax before it was popular. He thought it was the fairest way to tax, and felt no envy for those that made more money than he did. I’m sure he would have liked to have made more money, but he was proud to put in an honest days work and provide a home, clothing and food for us. Where have honest people gone? My father passed away a few years back. Maybe that’s where they’ve all gone. We were eligible for free lunch at school a few years but he refused— a father provided food for his family as long as it was humanly possible. No, he wasn’t a millionaire, but he was honest and
hard working. My true hero. Even back then, I couldn’t get braces because they cost to much. Other kids whose parents didn’t work got Medicaid to get them braces. My teeth weren’t bad, but I wanted that “perfect smile” too. After college I got a job and braces. The orthodontist said I really didn’t need them, but it was a sign of independence for me.


82 posted on 09/17/2012 11:35:03 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: bigoil

Preach it, Brother!


83 posted on 09/17/2012 11:42:43 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: Graewoulf

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

Yes they are!


84 posted on 09/17/2012 11:50:19 PM PDT by diamond6 (http://catholicknight.blogspot.com/p/catholic-prophecy.html)
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To: kabar
SS and Medicare withholding are not taxes. They are contributions to Federal Insurance Programs (that's what "FICA" means.) The promise and expectation is that you will receive that entitlement when your time is due: no one but John Roberts (and liberals) is confused that contributions to a public pension and a public old-age health-care fund are taxes. They aren't, and it's time to stop pretending they are. When you pay into a fund, and eventually get your money back, that isn't a tax.

The 47% of Americans who pay no actual taxes are deadbeats, and it's time they started paying. We need to have this debate; we need to find out what kind of country this is. It's time to stop running from it.

85 posted on 09/17/2012 11:51:11 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Own it Mitt: it's never a gaffe to speak the truth.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If he’d have been talking like this in the primaries, I might have been more supportive.


86 posted on 09/17/2012 11:57:56 PM PDT by Redcloak (Anyone else planning on getting liquored up before voting?)
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears; Graewoulf

Fair Share? You BET they don’t how about the woman who got plastic surgery from selling EBT cards? Obama’s stash goes far. Entitled? You betcha. Fake disability.

Romney SHOULD say what’s fair about 47% NOT paying any tax? Everyone paddles in this boat except those who TRULY need government assistance.

Also, love your tag lines, both of you! Roberts was, IMHO blackmailed about his adopted children. Something mighty fishy about “the Chicago way” and that Roberts had NO constitutional reason for his vote on Ozippy care. Typical bottom feeder lefty Axelrod question to Roberts perhaps: “Nice little kids you got there, Roberts....sure would be sad to see a problem with that adoption, right?”


87 posted on 09/18/2012 12:20:04 AM PDT by WaterWeWaitinFor (Paul Ryan clings to his gun, sits in his deer stand and is going to be our next VP!)
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To: Doofer; 2ndDivisionVet
My question is what’s he doing in California of all States?

He was out pandering to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

It's ironic, in part of his 47% video comment, he said, "Had I been born of Mexican parents, I'd have a better shot of winning this."

88 posted on 09/18/2012 12:43:47 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

For what it’s worth, here’s how I slapped down the libs that were having a field day with this on my local newspaper’s articles forum:

The liberals will try to wield this statement as a scare tactic while painting Romney as a cold-hearted elitist, and it might work. However, it’s a dangerous game of high-stakes chicken they play. Because any average Joe on the street could tell them that it’s just as likely that it will resonate with hard-working Americans who are sick and tired of the able-bodied freeloaders. They’re also sick and tired of being told that Social Security and Medicare, which was picked from their pocket every payday, won’t be there for them because Big Daddy Government went on a spending spree. They may also be smart enough to see that the only way out of this economic black hole we’ve dug for ourselves is a combination of reining in spending, creating jobs, and putting a viable plan for energy independence in place - and that Obama either can’t or won’t do any of those things.


89 posted on 09/18/2012 12:52:15 AM PDT by SuzyQueIN
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oh, if only he called white America “bitter and clingy”
— then the press wouldn’t be spending all week on it!


90 posted on 09/18/2012 1:32:25 AM PDT by CountryClassSF
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

ROMNEY, LIKE McCain, is SINKING HIMSELF.


91 posted on 09/18/2012 2:41:45 AM PDT by VideoDoctor
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This will be forgotten 72 hours. Thats the flip side of an uninformed, for the most part ignorant and stupid electorate. They can be emotionally pushed in one direction suddenly, but then gaffes and what not have a very short mental short life. This one is just best waited out and forgotten. Main thing will be to have scandal after scandal on Obama in the seven day leading up to the election, in that news cycle, if at all possible. TV ad barrage may be the only way to go around the MSM on it.


92 posted on 09/18/2012 3:07:55 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Donate, & walk precincts, not for "Parties", but for individual, principled "Candidates" (& for FR)
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears
Osama dead (look what good THAT did)

As I recall, they wanted to avoid exactly what is happening now by dumping Osama's filthy corpse in the ocean. But No Brain Hussein chose to make a campaign event out of it, and fired up the entire Muslim world. He politicized 9/11, exactly what the Rats accused Bush of doing.

93 posted on 09/18/2012 3:41:38 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Gator113

“It Wasn’t “Elegantly Stated””..........Big deal, the truth is the truth inspite of the way the news media reports it.


94 posted on 09/18/2012 3:53:46 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears

Well, I certainly pray that “You didn’t build that” does sink Obama in November but, what I was alluding to is it hasn’t sunk him yet; he’s still very much in the race; according to the polls.


95 posted on 09/18/2012 4:20:04 AM PDT by Cherokeesquaw
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To: The_Reader_David

Best case... what percentage of the voting public will vote for obama? He got 53% last time. I’d say bottom line is 47% and those are who romney is referencing. He is right, it is the truth and we cannot allow the truth to become defeat. **** the 47%. They have ****ed up my entire life long efforts and I will NEVER forgive nor will I forget.

LLS


96 posted on 09/18/2012 4:24:39 AM 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: 2ndDivisionVet

Romney was 10000% spot on.

Screw all these tax sponges and worthless takers.


97 posted on 09/18/2012 4:25:50 AM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: Cherokeesquaw; All

What ever troll...


98 posted on 09/18/2012 5:35:10 AM PDT by KevinDavis (Romney / Ryan 2012)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Stand your ground, Romney, and quite waffling to criticism, especially in this case when you were telling nothing more than what many of us already now concerning America’s growing addiction with dependency: THE TRUTH! =.=


99 posted on 09/18/2012 5:41:47 AM PDT by cranked
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
He said that it was not “elegantly stated”...

What kind of lame, pretentious, idiotic description is that?

100 posted on 09/18/2012 5:42:03 AM PDT by Delhi Rebels (There was a row in Silver Street - the regiments was out.)
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