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

Hidden clips from a May fundraiser where Mitt Romney spoke were released on Monday.

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."

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North Fork Bob September 20, 2012 at 01:03 PM
It's about time we got these children to pull their own weight.Why should they get handouts like food or clothing? Newt was right they should be working in the schools as janitors.
North Fork Bob September 20, 2012 at 01:06 PM
He just doesn't know when to keep his mouth shut.
Rose Way September 20, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Who is Romney fronting for? Cheney had Halliburton. But who is pulling Romney's strings? I dread to think what could happen if Romney is president. He was mocked by the Mayor of London who stood before thousands calling Romney's name and laughing at Romney's criticism of the Brit's ability to run the Olympics. Who asked Romney to comment? Next he went to Israel, where Netanyahu had little or nothing to say to Romney. Netanyahu sees Romney as an opportunist with no knowledge of Middle Eastern history and certainly no interest in Israel's future saying, "We just kick (the problem) down the road and hope it resolves itself", in the now famous video tapes. Worst of all are Romney's offenses against Americans who do not rise to the Country Club level who he has decided he will "serve". To hell with the rest of us, if you take his words literally. Romney, like Altschuler, is running to please his ego. Romney, like Altschuler, is singularly less qualified than the other candidate. Romney, like Altschuler, will serve the richie rich at the expense of the rest of us. Romney, like Altschuler, is not fit to serve.
Whale Ofaguy September 20, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Bush+Cheney / Romney+Altschuler = A Poorer America. America cannot afford a return to the Bush-Cheney policies that bankrupted American families. For every job Americans lost, Randy Altschuler profited by sending it to Pakistan. With that money, his ads are paid. His house is bought. His kids are fed. Now Randy wants to buy a seat in the House of Representatives. Americans say: NOT FOR SALE
Jan Lehre September 20, 2012 at 02:11 PM
gotta love the rasmussen... true, re: NY. It has too many educated/well-traveled people (or welfare recipients according to cynics) to ever support the Republican party of today. Pls, Republicans, take the party back from the tea party.... in this cheapened era of Fox Noise programming. It's the party's fault Mitt is not being Mitt...they traded in a moderate governor for a loose canon presidential candidate. The party wisely chose Mitt over Gingrich and Santorum, but then made him take on all their qualities.
christie nicolle September 20, 2012 at 02:25 PM
If the Left didn't RULE the media world which it does, Romney would be ahead 50 points...it's obnoxious how every interview Mitt is subjected to is Leftist. That is the injustice...David Letterman that repulsive excuse for an adult treated Obama like a god, no confrontation over the Ambassador -- Obama is sooo Unpresidential, it's blows my mind! GO MITT GO!!
Fish Proudheart September 20, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Everyone has to see this chart on gas prices. Some guy living in Texas tracked his actually purchases for something like 40 years. It is astounding and a real tell all. Gone now are the lies about gas prices soaring under Obama --- simply NOT TRUE. Check it out. http://www.randomuseless.info/gasprice/gasprice.html I can't afford more Bush-Cheney shenanigans and "pay backs" to oil barons. What do Altschuler and Romney have up their sleeves? I don't trust them.
East End Farmer September 20, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Republicans blame the media when things go bad. This hasn't changed for as long as I can remember and the best was Tricky Dick Nixon. "You won't have Nixon to kick around any more", Tricky Dick said, waving his fingers with tears in his eyes. He turned out to be the biggest liar of them all. Runner up to Nixon is probably Altschuler, who can't open his mouth without lying about Tim Bishop. He'll move back to New Jersey after losing this election.
Stinker September 20, 2012 at 02:55 PM
That is not in the least bit true. in fact, with the media's thumb completely on the scale for Obama, with every media outlet except for a cable station and some am radio stations in the tank for obama and with him actually in the white house and able to show his presidential-ness to the world, Obama is losing horribly. When you add that Obama over polls, the pollsters use samples that are +10% dems and with a 3% margin of error, every poll has the race tied. I can tell you this, there is a concerted effort on the part of the media to make mush for brain poison consumers such as yourself think that its over. There is very little evidence that it is working, except for a few partisan marks such as yourself!
Stinker September 20, 2012 at 02:57 PM
random, useless. about sums it up.
Frog Morton September 20, 2012 at 03:49 PM
A more moderate Mitt or just more lies? After standing by his comments at that Florida fundraiser, where he was caught saying that he can’t win the “47%” of Americans who are dependent on the government, Romney backed down last night. “This is a campaign about the 100%,” he said at a forum in Miami where he pandered for the Hispanic vote. But Romney did more than back down from those 47% remarks; he also softened his tone on health care, immigration, and gay rights....flip-flopping like the fish that he is. "Now and then the president says I’m the grandfather of Obamacare. I don’t think he meant that as a compliment, but I’ll take it,” he said, going on to praise the Massachusetts law. More flip-flop, more pandering. Romney also "clarified" his earlier remarks on self-deportation. "I said I'm not in favor of a deportation, a mass deportation effort rounding up 12 million people and kicking them out of the country," he said. "I believe people make their own choices as to whether they want to go home, and that's what I mean by self-deportation. God forgive Mitt...he's a bad liar! And he added this about gay marriage: “I would like to have the term marriage continue to be associated with a relationship between one man and one woman, and that certainly doesn’t prevent two people of the same gender living in a loving relationship together having gay domestic partnership, if you will.” Stay tuned..."As Mitt Turns" will be right back.
Wilbur Freewright September 20, 2012 at 04:03 PM
We have seen Romney make moderate-sounding remarks before, but then he’s had to take them back after criticism from conservatives. That’s the thing to watch today: Will we see any conservative blowback about Romney’s comments last night? Or will conservatives cut him slack for the first time this campaign because he’s on the ropes? We know the campaign is exhausted from litigating every little thing with their conservative critics, especially since it believes it’s running a more ideologically conservative campaign than any Republican in a generation. Anti-woman, anti-gay, anti-immigration, pro-wealthy. But we can't separate the lies from reality. And that's what worries Americans. Ryan, branded the Biggest Fibber in Political History, has obviously gotten to Romney and they've sold themselves to the Devil in exchange for votes from wherever the Devil can make a deal. Will the religious sector vote for such men? If they do, the pedophiles of the Catholic Church will really look like Alter Boys by comparison. At this juncture, we can say that the GOP have thrown any semblance of truthfulness to the wind. But what seeds will grow from such cavalier behavior? With little time before Election Day, Mitt's latest words are not likely to sprout in a ground parched for honesty. America has had its fill of the Bush-Cheney School of Liars. Our cupboards are bare and so, apparently, are the bones of the GOP carcass of ethics.
Whale Ofaguy September 20, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Altschuler and Romney keep lying to hide the details of the plan they don't have. Old political tactics get the same old voter response - NO THANKS. I'd rather the devil I know than the devil I don't. Bush and Cheney are the exception.
christie nicolle September 20, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Everyone who loves Monica Crowley, our great American Republican who wrote "What the Bleep Just Happened?" may email me to come see her soon at: Christienyc@yahoo.com Go Monica!!
Veterans Against Altschuler September 20, 2012 at 05:38 PM
The cost of the Bush-Cheney fiasco is felt by our youth. The weak economy and high unemployment have prompted many adults to head back to the classroom, armed with the promise that more education will bring them a higher paycheck and increased job security. But now, some are learning the hard way that just earning a degree isn’t a guarantee of a good paycheck -- or any paycheck at all – when the job market is so difficult. That’s leaving many Americans saddled with high student loan debts and frustrated by low job prospects. Americans, present and future generations, cannot be tricked into believing the promises from today's Republican candidates. This week alone, we've hear Mitt Romney contradict himself again and again simply to pander for votes. Perhaps the worst news is that Romney was caught on camera plotting against a poorer economic class of Americans in favor of a richer class of Americans. For heavens sake, how dastardly can Romney be? Do they need that many more billions of dollars? Republicans this year, as with the years when Bush and Cheney lead our nation into economic despair, have shown us their insatiable appetite for personal fortunes, greater wealth and control of America's riches. The victims? America's youth; the only future America can invest in...taken away by the Robber Barons of 2012....Altschuler, Romney and Ryan. Tim Bishop needs us and we need him! Tim's not plotting against us. I can't say that about the others.
Jan Lehre September 20, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Stinker, you're not a good person. Since you seem to be so confused by basic analogy, irony or statistics, I will attempt to translate in simple sentences. Below are the 3 points of mine you attempted to restate. 1. "As governor he got things done but he's turned his back on that man" ---> this means Mitt Romney had a decent track record as governor. He openly expressed moderate positions, and he worked across the aisle. 2. The way you restated my irony comment made no sense, so I'll just remind that participation in comment sections, blogs, etc is a form of inclusion in the media. We have our freedom of speech. Compelling information gains traction. Credible information will be passed along through the range of media channels. 3. ''Romney misapplies the 47% and confuses all sorts of groups that may or may not vote for him''. What, pray tell, does that mean? ---> you can't really need me to explain this at this point? The 47% includes those in the armed forces, on social security...many who might vote for Romney. He probably wanted a different stat like those on safety net programs like unemployment (on which people are required to pay income tax). So the comment was not only mean spirited, but it was sloppy. That dinner tape reveals so much more than the 47% that reveal how little he knows. Romney has devolved into a version of himself who is not worthy of the office which President Obama currently holds.
Stinker September 20, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Jan, people that dispute you may not be bad people, in my case, you're right, but in the future, not everyone who disagrees with you is a bad person. You are delusional, I apologize and am trying to turn over a new leaf because you are so pleasant. If you think my comments on a blog is akin to the mass media's ability to communicate and set the narrative for the day based on their particular agenda, I'm obviously not picking on someone my own size and will refrain from further contradiction of your statements. At the end of the day, I feel a lot better about what Romney says when he is in private than what Obama says when he is in private. That video of Romney can mean anything you want to you. That is the beauty of perspective. Now, I have to deal with Bob Fraser who thinks I live in a hole, with Hazel who thinks I'm an ignoramous who lives in a basement while throwing rocks at passerby, then with John something, there are two of them who think I'm a complete idiot, then over to Fred-n-Freeda aka East Hampton Retiree who says I am an ignorant liar. Its going to be a long night! I remember when dissent was patriotic. My hippy days!
Stinker September 20, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Wow, is that so! You tell 'em. If you had written that yesterday on talk like a pirate day, you could have ended it with an aaaaarrrrrrggghhhh!
Preliator September 21, 2012 at 01:35 AM
The only thing Tim Bishop is plotting is how to steal more money and launder it off to his daughter. He'll be planning his retirement after November 6th. Tim Bishop: Outsourcer http://libertyslifeline.com/2012/07/12/tim-bishop-youve-got-some-explaining-to-do/
christie nicolle September 21, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Even if Mitt loses the election, HE will be my President in my heart! Obama is not MY president...no way. I will think of Mitt's losing as a blessing in disguise that he will no longer be harassed by the evil left wing media, he will have his life back...Mitt is too good + high minded for the ugly political world. LOVE YOU MITT!!
Preliator September 21, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Now the Liar-in-chief is trying to blame the botched 'Fast and Furious' gun walking operation on GWB. Truly, Obama is a pathetic and wretched excuse of a President unwilling to accept any blame or be held to account for anything his Administration does. http://news.yahoo.com/president-obama-falsely-claims-fast-furious-program-begun-154000510--abc-news-politics.html
FS1 R.J. Kelly September 22, 2012 at 01:48 AM
At least I see you agree with the guy in the White house all he is doing is bringing this country down wants to kill our military put us in debt more and more people can't think they can suck the blood out honest taxpayers
christie nicolle September 22, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Preiator, you made my morning to read your post: ..."Obama is a pathetic + wretched excuse of a President"...Right On! Yet, his BIG Chicago machine + BIG Leftist machine will corrupt enough fools to vote him back in office...Pray tell me is there any hope for Mitt?
christie nicolle September 22, 2012 at 02:36 PM
P.S. Preliator, you + everyone who agrees with us, you're INVITED to a Republican party next week (Monica Crowley will be there!). Email me: Christienyc@yahoo.com
ARice September 23, 2012 at 04:11 PM
“The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.” ― Alexis de Tocqueville “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years.” ― Alexis de Tocqueville
Walter Noller September 23, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Unfortunately, there are far too many making every attempt to prove this true both from Government and those who ask "what's in it for me"...
Jaguar-Guy September 23, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Oh look, it's Frog, Wilbur and VAA - the SAME SINGLE PERSON - nice writing style loser.
Jaguar-Guy September 23, 2012 at 08:16 PM
The Government MUST tax people MORE to pay for more entitlements. How can you not understand that most basic of principles. The money HAS to come from someone PP.
Jaguar-Guy September 23, 2012 at 08:18 PM
More lib-wussies posing as more than one person.
Jaguar-Guy September 23, 2012 at 11:52 PM
America cannot afford Barry's Green Energy Gifts to company's that could never compete with China. Solyndra was going out of business and Obama gave his bundler from Solyndra Billions. He's also trying his best to shut-down Coal, Oil and Natural Gas - ask Virginia Miners. He's against Fracking and the Keystone Pipeline that would create 20,000 american jobs on Day 1. He sucks as an idea man - because he has NONE.


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