The “47 per cent” video, which was taken out-of-context, was released in September by the Soros enterprise, Mother Jones.
Governor Romney immediately called a news conference and said the comments had not been “elegantly stated” but his running mate, Paul Ryan, called the comments “incoherent.”
In the video, Mr Romney said: “There are 47 per cent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what . . . who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them.”
He then added: “My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”
At the time, Mr. Romney doubled down on his comments and said he wanted to end government dependency by improving the economy.
Governor Romney meant he was not worrying about the 47% in terms of the campaign, not as president – that’s an important distinction the attack ads are not making. The person who made the tape is the grandson of Jimmy Carter and he made the tape illegally.
I have listened to that tape several times and, while I didn’t like the careless way he said it, the point of his unfortunate remarks was that 47% are not paying federal taxes and 47% are not supporting him and won’t support him.
It was careless in that those two things do not correlate. Some of the 47% who do not pay federal taxes, pay other taxes. Some are seniors, some are looking for work, and some support him. The same holds true for the other percentage. He used a poor comparison because he was speaking off the cuff.
What about the fact that President Obama is putting Government Dependency on steroids? Isn’t that the more important issue? Four videos recently released by Sean Hannity and the Daily Caller expose Barack Obama as consistently: a race-baiter, a reparations-lover; fair share advocate; redistributive Marxist, but only a few will say it and far fewer care.
People say the Obama tapes are old – they range from 1998 to 2008. The point should be that they are consistent with what he is doing now. He is giving reparations through entitlement programs, Pigford is only one. He said he wanted people to have their “fair share” during the debates. He constantly redistributes wealth and if re-elected he will redistribute our wealth to the world through U.N. treaties.
The 47% tape is still resonating with voters against Romney for the very thing that is at the core of Obama’s program. The person who disdains the larger portion of the population and who lives like a king (spending $1.4 billion on his family) is President Obama.
In rallies, Romney continually emphasizes that he would support “100%” of Americans. On Thursday night, during a Fox News interview he said about the tape, that sometimes during campaigns, statements do not come out right.
“In this case, I said something that’s just completely wrong,” he said.
Democratic pundits were puzzled that the controversial video did not feature at all in Wednesday’s debate.
Asked about the video by reporters, David Plouffe, Mr Obama’s senior adviser, said: “I think that the 47 per cent comment is a universally known thing by everyone. It’s bothered voters. You’ve probably seen we’re advertising on it pretty aggressively. Others have. So it’s a fully known thing that’s baked into the cake.”
The reason Obama didn’t bring up the tape is more likely two-fold: he was outmatched and he was not engaged.
Sean Hannity Interview with Mitt Romney: