Yep! Romney might have been off by a number or two but he pretty much hit the nail on the head
The 47% NUMBER isn’t wrong.
What’s wrong is the part of Romney’s remark that identifies WHO makes up that number that he says will vote for Obama no matter what.
He said, 47% don’t pay federal income tax.
Goes on to conflate ALL who don’t pay federal income tax to be ALWAYS Obama voters.
Many ivy league academic libs, public school teachers, well paid unionists who still have jobs, sports and showbiz and media types, government workers of all types at all levels, DO make high incomes and DO pay federal taxes BUT they also vote Obama and fall into the 47% if that’s Obama’s vote.
And quite a few of the working poor and the lower middle class don’t make enough to owe federal income taxes but will vote Romney - some of them are the “bitter clingers” to guns and religion, some of them are unemployed but blame Obama for it, etc.
And some of the minorities are mad at Obama because of gay marriage, gays in the military etc and have decided to sit home, so even if they don’t pay taxes they will not be among the Obama vote this time.
For all these reasons and more, both Romney and Ryan distanced themselves from the quote.