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Summit: What Do You Think About 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.

The videos were released by 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.

Diane Gallo September 19, 2012 at 12:07 PM
Romney did what so many politicians do...speak w/o explaining the underlying facts. The "47%" are people below the poverty line, senior citizens, and others who do not pay a FEDERAL income tax, have probably never paid a fed income tax, but they do pay local property taxes, state taxes, payroll taxes, etc. It's just another example of using the data to your advantage, and the shame of it all is that so many of the public "buys" the information as fact w/o doing any homework to really understand what's being said.
Max September 19, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Hearing those comments in context, I suspect Romney was discussing his campaign strategy, not his political agenda. [Disclaimer: I support neither Romney nor Obama, though having always lived in a late primary state, and never having lived in a "swing state," I am disenfranchised with respect to Presidential elections (as is too much of America).] And Diane, you are indeed correct. We all pay a lot of taxes, typically 50%, when you add them all up. Federal Income Tax is just a fraction of what we all pay. There is no escape.
Rachel Victer, PR Chair September 22, 2012 at 06:13 PM
I agree 100% with Diane's comments. Hopefully the upcoming October debates will reflect the candidates perspectives more clearly.
Miguel Velez September 22, 2012 at 08:16 PM
I think Romney's comments revealed a darker side to his character and a it was a willful distortion of data to justify his "us" versus "them" attitude. I suspect Romney's world view was strongly influenced by the Detroit riots of 1967 when his father was Governor of Michigan and he was 20 years old. Still, it's a shame he is nothing like his father.
Josephine Cicero September 26, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Romney is a decent, generous family man and a good American...a "what you see is what you get" person, contrary to Obama, the "secretive" type who is tearing down America "bit by bit". Jo

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