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Secret Video: Romney Shows His Disdain For Half of America To 'His Half' and Now U.S.
"When he doesn't know a camera's rolling, the GOP candidate shows his disdain for half of America."
If you're Mitt Romney, looking to raise cash for your campaign, what do you say to a group of wealthy Republican supporters willing to pay $50,000 a plate for dinner? You tell them the truth. You tell them how you really feel- unfiltered but not so unplugged.
Would Romney had spoken so freely had he known he was being recorded?
Romney issued an apology tonight. He said, " I should have worded it more elegantly." I'm sure he did.
Where's Frank Luntz, Mitt, when you need him?
From an article by David Corn, Mother Jones:
"During a private fundraiser earlier this year, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told a small group of wealthy contributors what he truly thinks of all the voters who support President Barack Obama. He dismissed these Americans as freeloaders who pay no taxes, who don't assume responsibility for their lives, and who think government should take care of them. Fielding a question from a donor about how he could triumph in November, Romney replied:
There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it.
That that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax.
Romney went on: "My job is is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."
Asked why he wouldn't go full-throttle and assail Obama as corrupt, Romney explained the internal thinking of his campaign and revealed that he and his aides, in response to focus-group studies conducted by his consultants, were hesitant to hammer the president too hard out of fear of alienating independents who voted for Obama in 2008:
I have a very good team of extraordinarily experienced, highly successful consultants, a couple of people in particular who have done races around the world. I didn't realize it. These guys in the US—the Karl Rove equivalents—they do races all over the world: in Armenia, in Africa, in Israel.
I mean, they work for Bibi Netanyahu in his race.
So they do these races and they see which ads work, and which processes work best, and we have ideas about what we do over the course of the campaign. I'd tell them to you, but I'd have to shoot you.
When one donor said he was disappointed that Romney wasn't attacking Obama with sufficient intellectual firepower, Romney groused that the campaign trail was no place for high-minded and detail-oriented arguments."
By David Corn
Full story and Romney video at Mother Jones:
What surprises me about Romney's statements in this video, is, that it's not that shocking.
The 47% 'moochers' Romney refers to are your grandmother in a nursing home, your daughter at college, trying to better herself, you Dad, drawing Social Security (that he earned by the way) and the many that struggle to find good jobs because so many were sent overseas by men like Romney.
Then there's the question of whose consultants is Romney using? Interesting. Again, the connection with Netanyahu.
Israel's Prime Minister says he stays out of American politics in Vanity Fair's recent interview.
Then, there's the question of the Buffet Rule.
Many millionaires don't pay income taxes.
Oil companies get subsidies they don't need. Aren't they 'mooching' off the rest of middle class taxpayers?
We can see that not only are Romney's remarks those of a heartless and ruthless corporate raider, but show his lack of understanding of who the 47% are.
Romney paid only 14% in income taxes. Who is the moocher, Mr. Romney?