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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."

What do you think of Romney's statements? Do you agree with his sentiments? Are they too harsh? Let us know in the comments.

WC September 18, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Absolutely not, I see no evidence that people are too reliant on the federal/state/county/town government. Just because food stamps are increasing and welfare is increasing and government subsidized housing is increasing and the government is controlling private businesses (government motors) and immigrants are pouring into our country and using the hospitals as their primary care physicians ....and...and...and
Luis & Carolyn Banquecer September 18, 2012 at 05:53 PM
I don't see nothing wrong in his comments, what Mr. Romney wants to do is give an opportunity for them to get a good job this way they do not have to depent on the Government, when you get assistent from Government they limited the people in what you get as salary Is better to be Independent as Mr. Romney has on mine Go to School and get a good Job too many people out of work, Gas too high, when this going to end I hope really soon
David M. Higgins September 18, 2012 at 06:34 PM
I believe Romney correctly assessed the fact that his message does NOT appeal to a large segment of the American Public. WE do NOT believe that the greatest good is to selfishly horde money regardless of the COST to the Society that made that wealth possible. So 'Less Taxes' is NOT an end all - be all to US.
WC September 18, 2012 at 06:50 PM
More eloquently stated, Romney's point was: everyone wants to live at the expense of the state but no one realizes the state lives at the expense of everyone else. More bluntly (for you Democrats) There is no thing as a free lunch. Everything costs.
A. Gideon September 18, 2012 at 07:54 PM
I don't know abut 47%, but the RNC was having a tough time with "we built it" speakers like Phil Archuletta, with government contracts under Obama and guaranteed government loans, and Sher Valenzuela, with millions in government loans and contracts. The latter even promotes exploiting government largess. Again, I cannot speak to percentages. The RNC, though, seems to have trouble finding speakers w/o a government dependency problem. That would at least suggest that it's a widespread issue. ...Andrew
jim September 18, 2012 at 10:06 PM
I think more people agree with Romney than have the guts to say in this town.
WC September 18, 2012 at 10:35 PM
If someone doesn't vote for BHO, they are clearly a racist!
Adam September 18, 2012 at 10:45 PM
If running the country was coaching a pro or college football team, after 4 seasons of losses, would the coach even be considered to have another year. I think not. Why should a leader that ran our debt up as much as he did without any improvement to the economy be given a second chance. If you have a chance, go and see 2016. It provides insight to why Obama (attempts) to lead the way he does. We need someone with real experience in the working world to attempt to get us out of this mess. Not just someone that has dabbled in theory and then failed when given a chance to lead.
WC September 18, 2012 at 11:58 PM
BHO in 98 "I believe in redistribution" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ge3aGJfDSg4 BHO in 08 "Lets spread some of that wealth around" Still waiting for Mainstream Media to actually question him
Jinx September 19, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Teenager's question: is he including his hedge fund friends in the 47%?
Double D September 21, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Romney's comment is proof that he has no concept nor empathy for the 99%.
Lynn Stone Daviet September 21, 2012 at 08:22 PM
I fully agree with you! The assumption is that if you live in Montclair you are a Democrat. O'Contrare, my friends. Why would we as a people in a terrible economy not want at our helm someone who knows how to manage and make money!

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