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Was Romney Right About the 47 Percent, or Will This Doom His Campaign?

Mother Jones released a video of Mitt Romney telling a private audience that 47 percent of Americans are dependent on the government and will never vote for him. Was this a ruinous gaffe, or has Romney told a hard political truth?

A secret video obtained by Mother Jones magazine has rocked the political world. In that video, Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney said 47 percent of Americans believe they are victims, are dependent on the government and will never vote for him. He went further, saying he wasn't worried about them. The magazine released a portion of the video Monday.

In a late night press conference Monday, Romney said the comments were not "elegantly stated," but were part of a larger conversation about the role of personal responsibility. Romney went on to say the comments were a reflection on "the political process of winning an election, and, of course, I want to help all Americans—all Americans—have a bright and prosperous future."

Mother Jones posted the full video just after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Also on Tuesday, Romney spoke to Fox News about the video, saying he agreed with military members and retirees not paying income taxes, but added, "I do believe that we should have enough jobs and enough take home pay such that people have the privilege of higher incomes that allow them to be paying taxes. I think people would like to be paying taxes […] The problem right now is, you see in this country so many people have fallen into poverty that they’re not paying taxes."

Do you think the video shows Romney's true feelings about half of the American electorate, or was this an out-of-context snippet? Will this hurt Romney's chances of willing the election, or is it one blip in a very long campaign? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

[Editor's note: This item is posted on several Patch sites in the area.]

david mokal September 23, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Geesh Ron if you get over 10,000 bucks you cant get food stamps and its the Bush's fault for the unemployment it was onthe way out. All the conservative's crashed the banks and fudged paperwork to make people eligable. It was the Bush administration. Obama had no chance to get it right yet. Next term he will you'll see! Obama has been sent here from God to straighten out the corruption and evil that lurks in our country. How can you turn someone away if they need medical care. Where's your heart? Didn't you go to Sunny School when you was a kido? Geeesh people are so mean.
Tellitlikeitis September 23, 2012 at 04:07 PM
E i agree with you all the way. these liberals or people who vote for them are falling for that line that the libs have out there,about how it is gonna take more time to fix the problems,well no sh#t,if obama had even helped a little in his four years i would agree but he has not fixed a thing,he actually made things worse.and as far as the housing and putting the blame on the republicans for the downfall of housing,check your facts you bunch of obama sheep.when bush was in office he went to congress 17 times between 2006 and 2008 to try and do something about the housing that was about to collapse and he could not get the democrat held majority to do a thing about it,and barney frank and chris dodd both retired at the same time cause they were mostly responsible for what happened,they are the one's who made the rules and regulations about who was eligible to get loans and who was not and they forced banks to give low income people loans that they knew these people could not pay,this is why the housing is a shambles and why those two nit-wits retired so quickly.
DM September 23, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Just remember the Carter Reagan election. Carter was up 14% in the polls and the country was in the handbasket like now. Dont believe the Democrat liberal media hype. Vote for real change , not this pocket change president.
DM September 23, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Diana, Exactly what kind of charitable donations are impressive to you? If you are making donations to charitable organizations with the intent to impress your peers you may want to rethink your charity....
DM September 23, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Ted, The Dems do give to charity much more than the Republicans, only thing is its with your tax dollars....
david mokal September 23, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Republicans dont even know how to wipe their butt right. Greed,Greed and more Greed thats all they know. id rather be a socialist than to have all greedy Republicans run this country.
Diana September 23, 2012 at 06:40 PM
I'm impressed with charities that actually help people in need. TIthing is unimpressive to me. The United Way has some questionable business practices. Harvard Business School won't go under without Romney's help. The George W. Bush Library is, I must presume, filled with childrens' books, so that I can get behind.
DM September 23, 2012 at 08:22 PM
So what are you saying Obama is a socialist? We been saying that since day one. Thanks for clearing that up and finally admiting why you really voted for him.. If you hate this country so much leave we wont be sad to see you go, these people might take you in: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socialist_International Hope that helps...
david mokal September 23, 2012 at 08:52 PM
No That's not what I said I would Rather be a socialist than a greedy Republican. Obama isnt a socialist. Socialized medicine is not the same. Republicans are actually the next step to communism. They take from the people,the working class thats what communists do. republicans dont want to give as well as not letting you have nothing.Thats what communists do same thing. You'll Learn. Always through life be aware of what you wish for. What has the Republicans done? Block progress. Ryan and Romney are going to tell you that you cannot have anything anymore. Pure Communism.
Ron September 24, 2012 at 12:08 AM
David, you will get what you want but you might be the reason that the phrase was created that you "can't buy character". How do you sleep at night and look at yourself in the mirror. I assume that you're a male but I might question that. You are a complete buffoon and it takes people like you who may be able to work but make a conscious decision not to and live off the Government doll because you can. There are millions of Americans who are represented in the 47% who rather work than accept the support but they need but they have no choice. You are a card carrying member from the group within the 47% that all Americans loath. You are the group within the 47% who take something for nothing because you fall into a box, a box that some sleazy politician put into place because your vote is worth as much as anyone else, all the while someone who is in real need gets less because you fall into the box. If the Hollywood President gets a second chance and continues to pump his chest and tell the world how wonderful he is you may not get the "free stuff" your looking for but you will not change, you will remain the classless, characterless fool that you've shown. Enjoy your free stuff.
DM September 24, 2012 at 10:37 AM
And the democrats play robin hood by taking from me and funding their social programs. And then when theres fraud in those programs its like pulling teeth to fix it. MA is a good ex. Fraud in ebt and its an act of god to get the state to limit purchases on alcohol, tanning/ nail salons and other ridiculous purchases. Really? Buying booze when your on tax payer handouts and the gov doesnt see a problem with this? Being socialist is for people who choose not to excel in life. Ill take the us as it is now.
Michael L September 24, 2012 at 12:21 PM
How quickly we forget Rev. Right and his morals, Bill Ayers, Michell Nobama "finnaly" being proud of America, Obama land deal to Rezko, Obama's Aunt and Uncle living here illegally and sucking up our tax dollars, his anti-gun positions, that he was raized in Indonesia madrassa Muslim school, Even changing his name for political reasons............some morals with him.
Melissa Gleaton September 24, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Diana, back when this country was founded, churches were the ONLY security net of the people. The church was charged with helping those in need and taking care of their own. Churches today still work towards that mission. They still help the poor and they CAN'T do that without their congregations' tithe. I'm sorry you're not impressed with citizens motivated by faith who are helping other citizens. Perhaps we should eliminate ALL charities, tax everyone at 60% and just have the government do it all.
Bob September 24, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Diana, They are talking about a free ID for those who don't have a need for a drivers license etc. There fore not applicable in the poll tax. BTW - you said voter ID was against the Constitution. It is not. Having to pay to get an ID to vote is against the Constitution. Just throwing it out there... Trust me I have read the Constitution more than you or most people.
Bob September 24, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Right Dawn, and if you take that $1.4 Million gift out, it is 6% not 25%.
Bob September 24, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Matt, Corporations would pay the tax based on income. If a small business makes $400K they would pay 11% if they make $400 Million they would pay 17% etc. No. If you make $150,001 in income (all income) you pay 9% on $120,001. If you make $499,999 you pay 9% on $499,969. Progressive just confused things and causes more cost to figure out. Taxes should be done on a postcard.
Bob September 24, 2012 at 02:39 PM
David, are you speaking to the people trying to balance their budget? Are you talking to the ones that have private insurance to cover what the national doesn't? The UK system is so great, they just passed a major overhaul moving towards more private HC.
Diana September 24, 2012 at 02:42 PM
And how did that work out, Melissa? Also, last I checked the Mormon church spent more money fighting Prop 8 than feeding the poor. That's not just unimpressive, that's vile.
Melissa Gleaton September 24, 2012 at 04:00 PM
In my church, it's working out pretty darn well. Thanks for asking! :-)
Diana September 24, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Um... that's not what I asked. I asked how the Church(es) being the sole source of help for the poor has worked out historically. The answer, I think you'll find, is "kinda crappy, actually." I'm pleased for you that you think that your church is doing much good. Not convinced that it's true, but nonetheless pleased for you.
Richard Jertz September 24, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Come out come out where ever you are Kevin MacDonald. 342 comments and going strong. We need a new topic Kevin. Can you please help?
Tellitlikeitis September 24, 2012 at 06:16 PM
why are you people so wrapped up about what mitt romney does with his own personal hard earned money,you should be more worried about what obama is doing with your money.you sheep fall for this trick every time,why would any american not want to be succesful. why is it all of a sudden a bad thing to be rich and successful through hardwork.if that is your only knock on mitt romney is that he became successful and rich,then you are delusional and need to move to a communist country.
david mokal September 24, 2012 at 06:58 PM
good greif this is the longest P'n Contest Ive seen Yet!
Lori September 25, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Tellitlikeitis is right on with the facts. Who cares how much Romney made or how much he paid in taxes? When I do my tax return, I want to pay as little as possible. He still paid millions more than I did in federal taxes. Why are people so caught up with that? They even ragged on Kerry because he registered and anchored his boat in Rhode Island where it was less expensive. I would do the same thing, wouldn't everyone? Doesn't everyone who has a brain try to get the best deal on everything? Let Mass come down on their fees and maybe he would park and register it there. Nothing wrong with a little competition in the market. But, no, he acquiesced to public pressure and paid the extra Mass fees. People should be more interested in how Obama has spent our money. As writer Mokal is saying with his mockering of the free give-aways and how Obama is giving everyone "free stuff" they feel they are "entitled" to, we have to be more interested in where our money is going, not what the politicians are doing with their money or how they are trying to save it.
Bob September 25, 2012 at 01:12 PM
It is a non-profit just like most churches. Therefore in the US tax code a donation to it is tax deductible. Try to comprehend...
lcgrz September 25, 2012 at 01:57 PM
uhhh, you mean the fees that mitt romney raised while he was governor?
Diana September 25, 2012 at 02:33 PM
A non-profit is not the same thing as a charity. Try to comprehend. Harvard is a non-profit, too.
Diana September 25, 2012 at 02:35 PM
I don't think that Dave's argument is that it's not tax-deductible, it's that no points will be awarded morally for giving to LDS. It's not a charitable institution.
Scot Sutherland September 25, 2012 at 03:28 PM
I thought Beatrice said we had to stop commenting on this issue.
Laura Savage-Carr September 26, 2012 at 11:38 PM
I'd rather have a leader that knows how to create wealth, instead of one that wants to spread the wealth of others around.

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