Romney Unloads on 'Victim' Voters Who Like Obama
Mitt calls 47% of voters 'dependent upon government'
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 17, 2012 7:13 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Now we know what Mitt Romney really thinks. In a "secret" video released by Mother Jones, Romney tells a small, wealthy donor group earlier this year that nearly half of Americans are freeloaders addicted to government programs. "There are 47% who are with [President Obama], 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," he said. "That's an entitlement." Among other notable quotes:

  • "My job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."
  • "I have inherited nothing," he said. "There is a perception, 'Oh, we were born with a silver spoon, he never had to earn anything and so forth.' Frankly, I was born with a silver spoon, which is the greatest gift you can have: which is to get born in America."
  • When asked how people can help Romney sell his message, he said, "Frankly, what I need you to do is to raise millions of dollars."
  • "Women are open to supporting me," he said, but "we are having a much harder time with Hispanic voters, and if the Hispanic voting bloc becomes as committed to the Democrats as the African American voting block has in the past, why, we're in trouble as a party and, I think, as a nation."
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Sep 26, 2012 9:30 PM CDT
Thank God that waiter videotaped this. It shows undeniably what Mitt Romney thinks of anybody that wasn't born with a silver spoon in their mouth. This is the video that blew the hole in the Mittanic and he's going down. This cost him the Presidency. Well, there were a lot of other things, but this was the coup de grace.
Sep 18, 2012 5:43 PM CDT
The MAN in name only is an arrogant rich old man who finally showed behind closed doors how he feels about the poor&less fortunate Americans. Smiling faces often tell lies. What MittBAIN the ETCH-A-SKETCH weathervane says to your face is NOT what is in his heart. Willard has contempt&disdain for the entire 98% of Americans that are not like him. How can any human being vote for him?
Sep 18, 2012 3:04 PM CDT
Hey Mitt- Will Rogers once said: "When you find yourself down in a hole, stop diggin' "