Maplewood: Do You Agree With Romney's '47 Percent' Remarks?

Weigh in on presidential hopeful's controversial comments.


Presidential candidate Mitt Romney grabbed headlines on Monday when a series of undercover videos from a private fundraiser surfaced online.

Released from the magazine Mother Jones, the clips show Romney speaking to the group — reported to be about 30 individuals — at a Boca Raton home some times admittedly off the cuff, on topics such as his own campaign, the Middle East, his strategy in seeking to unseat the incumbent, and the clip that has caught more attention than any other: his views on his opponent's supporters.

"There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what," Romney says in one clip. "All right — there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent on government, who believe that that they are victims, who believe that government has the responsibility to care for them. Who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing."

The Republican candidate's numbers come from a Tax Policy Center report, which stated in June 2011 that 46.4 percent of Americans paid no income tax.

Romney addressed the video Monday night, according to the Huffington Post, calling for the full, unedited video to be released. While he didn't deny the comments, he did say the comments were an indication of his campaign's message to draw voters in the middle — not those who will likely already be supporting Democratic President Barack Obama.

According to the New York Times' transcript from Romney's comments Monday night: "I recognize that among those that pay no tax, approximately 47 percent of Americans, I’m not likely to be highly successful with the message of lowering taxes."

What do you think of Romney's statements? Do you agree with his sentiments? Are they too harsh? Let us know in the comments.

Irene Langlois September 19, 2012 at 01:24 AM
I'm not a victim. I pay my taxes (at a higher percentage rate than Mr. Romney I bet!). I am not dependent on the government unless you consider the use of roads, schools, law enforcement, etc. as being dependent. AND I'm not voting for Mr. Romney - what does that make me?
lou chimenti September 19, 2012 at 01:38 AM
I'm one of those 47% of Americans who rely on the government government to live. I worked for 40 years and now depend on Social Security. Of course I depend on the government.
John Blaylock September 21, 2012 at 03:48 PM
If you read or listen to the entire statenment, and not the predigested drivel and misquotes of most of the liberal lapdog press (half truths, sound bites like carefully cultered statistics are a wonderful way to lie,) He makes sense.
EvC September 21, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Would the best part of America be the part that doesn't have income tax liabilities?
John Blaylock September 21, 2012 at 06:33 PM
I guess a free ride on other peoples money is a good way to go, but evenetually you run out of other peoples money, like Europe, and the Liberal/Socialist controlled States/Citeies in this country are finding out. Why fail a model that fails consitantly in the short term???


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