Speak Out: Mitt Romney on Obama Voters

In secret video, GOP presidential candidate says almost half the nation is "victims who depend on the government."

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is dealing with the fallout over a video - taken at a private fundraiser and leaked to left-leaning Mother Jones magazine - in which Romney said nearly half the country are voters who don't pay taxes and  are "dependent on government" and "believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing,"

Romney said at the fundraiser in Florida earlier this year that 47 percent of the country is going to vote for President Barack Obama for those reasons. He says it is his job to attract swing voters.

Romney later said his statement was "not elegantly stated" and was "spoken off the cuff."  

Read more about the video and reaction here and the Obama campaign's response here.

Romney is trailing Obama in Virginia, according to latest poll numbers.

Romney was in Fairfax County last week, but stuck to his usual stump speech, route: {:controller=>"articles", :action=>"show", :id=>"romney-talks-about-jobs-at-rally-in-fairfax"} -->. He also spoke about the economy in a

Chipperson September 19, 2012 at 10:46 AM
He's not lying - get um Mitt. Get a businessman in office to turn the economy around and stop with the free handouts that this current administration is set on providing. Poor people have never created jobs - think about that...
Charlie September 19, 2012 at 10:53 AM
Romney already knows that you can’t do much for socialist except maybe build more psychiatric hospitals. Once you go socialist you can’t go back. Government is a powerful drug…..
Uncle Smartypants September 19, 2012 at 11:48 AM
Mitt Romney hastily called a press conference today to apologize personally to the “150 million starving, filthy beggars [he] might have offended.” Romney personally appealed to the country’s “dirt-caked garbage pickers and toothless street urchins” for forgiveness. “First and foremost, I would like to offer a heartfelt apology to all the whores, junkies, bums, and grime-covered derelicts out there who make up nearly half our nation,” a visibly contrite and solemn Romney said outside a campaign stop at a local high school. “Let me assure you that I in no way meant to offend any of the putrid-smelling, barefoot masses out there. My campaign is not about dividing this nation, but about bringing all sides together—the rich, elegant members of the upper class, as well as the 47 percent who are covered in flies and eat directly from back-alley dumpsters.” “I am fully committed to building a better future for every American,” Romney continued, “and that means ensuring all 150 million grease-and-urine-soaked members of our society get a fair shake.” The Romney campaign reportedly scrambled into damage-control mode after the video leaked Monday, issuing a statement late last night stating that the intended target of Romney’s remarks was ingrained big-government largesse, not the “hordes of uneducated, loathsome scum who unfortunately populate this country.”
John Lovaas September 19, 2012 at 11:51 AM
A very generous Patch writeup on Romney's statement of contempt for 47% of the American peoPle! He also said he wouldn't be able to get them "to take personal responsibility or take care of themselves.". That is raw contempt for what Romney sees as moochers vs himself as a maker. By the way, in Romney's 47% of the people not paying Federal income tax are the full time college students living on student loans, disabled veterans who fought for guys like Romney, seniors living on Social Security, and people working full time minimum wage jobs, etc. And they are all Paying other forms of federal, state, and local taxes.
John Lovaas September 19, 2012 at 12:02 PM
If Patch is now going to delve into Presidential politics, let's hope in the future it will be a bit more thorough and certainly more balanced than today's piece.
John Smith September 19, 2012 at 12:12 PM
We have the Washington Post, the New York Times, etc., to cover Presidential and other national news stories; I hope the Patch will stay focused on local stories not heavily covered elsewhere. Thanks.
JAK September 19, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Governor Romney wasn't lying, and it is a shocking yet readily verifiable fact regarding the nearly half of our fellow countrymen who fail to contribute to federal income taxes. The top bracket of earners pay a vast majority of taxes, while the lower bracket pays barely anything. I'm middle class myself, with a family that has a long history of public service (Consisting of teachers, military personnel, firefighters, police officers, public works/utilities (ie, Water authority, power, and so forth), etc.), and I find it highly insulting that so much of this country can exist within a welfare utopia, while everyone else works the burden off. We all know where a welfare state leads, just ask Soviet Russia... Oh, wait.
Carrie September 19, 2012 at 12:24 PM
I don't know about other folks in the area, but I am sick of 'gotcha' politics. Soon we will not have good candidates who are willing to run for office because they don't want to face going through the wringer where every move you make and every word you say is caught on tape and later exploited. We should be talking about the major issues such as jobs and foreign policy. Would YOU be willing to run for public office in this toxic environment?
John Nunyobiz September 19, 2012 at 12:28 PM
I am confused. Since corporations are people now, was he referring to corporations?
Karen Goff September 19, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Yes, there is lots of national media. However, as the saying goes, "all politics is local." We are "covering" this in the sense of local reaction - we want to know what area voters think. So that makes it very much a local story. Thanks.
Karen Goff September 19, 2012 at 01:53 PM
John - I am not following you. This is a 100-word story linking to what Romney said, as well as links to the Obama campaign's reaction - all focused on hearing from local voters on both sides. So where in the world are you finding bias here?
NDPNDNTMIND September 19, 2012 at 02:01 PM
When I hear the Obama administration apologize for the "bitter-clinger" remark given to a room of private donors then I'll worry about Romney. Have yet to figure out why the media totally gives the president a pass on his attack on those who believe in the 1st and 2nd amendments. If the Patch is going to get into politics, let's start with this.
Karen Goff September 19, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Sadly, Patch was not around in 2008, which is when Obama said that. So....let's stick to the topic of what did you think of the leaked video and what Mitt Romney said, this week, in the 2012 campaign.
Tammi Petrine September 19, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Oh my! I don't know which is more shocking: the cruelty and arrogance of Romney's remarks or the fact that anyone chooses to defend such an ill-advised, ignorant statement after this public debacle was been dissected by every manor of press, analysts and academics including his very own conservative pundits. Oh my! I don't know which is more shocking: the cruelty and arrogance of Romney's remarks or the fact that anyone chooses to defend such an ill-advised, ignorant statement after this public debacle was been dissected by every manner of press, analysts and academics including his very own conservative pundits. Lordy, please read the tax codes and ponder WHY 47% pay no taxes! Could it be that the 1% have horded too much wealth for the poorer 1/2 to be ABLE to pay INCOME taxes. And drop the crap that the 1% create the jobs. They do not. People like Romney are the worst patriots ever, destroying companies just to make a freaking buck. What kind of morality is there in that??? Or is the Golden Rule out of favor with Mitt's conservative base? No need to answer. Lesson: Learn to love your fellow man before your wallet. To think that being poor equals not working hard is the height of voluntary ignorance Seems to me, given the statistic that 47% don't qualify to pay taxes, that we have a lot of work to do to bring our population into the sunshine again. Our country needs to be a better place for everyone.
Curmudgeon September 19, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Amen! This is an excellent point. I don't think either party is now able to attract its best and brightest. Who would want to endure a national race to win votes from people who, for the most part, seem to have their minds made up before Super Tuesday?
Rebecca September 19, 2012 at 05:11 PM
That has become current again due to the bringing up of videos like these. It is being talked about now. The patch should stick to things like where the candidates are going to be locally etc unless it is going to cover other videos like our current President saying things like Egypt not being an ally and apologizing for a private citizen making a video instead of standing up to our free speech amendment. I agree that this gotcha stuff is annoying. But it does just makes the patch appear biased to show one video of one candidate when the other is saying unappealing things as well. Unless that is the business patch wants to get into anyway. Personally, this isn't the type of thing I read the patch for and probably won't continue if this is where it is going.
Karen Goff September 19, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Rebecca - First of all, it is Patch, not the Patch. Second of all, the Romney video is newsy because it was the news of the day yesterday - with reaction to it leading on all cable and network news programming, and in all newspapers, taking it far, far beyond regular campaign dispatches. Third of all, it is news because people in Reston are talking about it and they vote. Finally, even though I was seeking comments from readers, I am now closing the comments because too many people can't follow directions. The question was "what do you think of the video?" not "What do you think of Patch posting the video?"


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