Not Worrying About Those People
September 18, 2012 § 1 Comment
“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…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.”
- Mitt Romney, May 17, 2012
- Source: video
- Context: Mitt Romney, speaking at a private fundraiser earlier this year at the Boca Raton home of controversial private equity manager Marc Leder, made several controversial remarks, one being his unfounded criticism of people on welfare and that his job is “not to worry about those people.” Mother Jones has recently released several videos of the private fundraiser, which have now gone viral. In them, Romney talks about his campaign strategy, boasts that some of his consultants have worked for political leaders all over the world (including Netanyahu), and criticizes the Obama administration. In another set of videos, also released by Mother Jones, at the same fundraiser, Romney discusses foreign policy. Among them, he is against the Palestinians having their own independent state. After one donor criticized his campaign, wondering why they were not attacking Obama on a more intellectual level, Romney responded by saying:
“In a setting like this, a highly intellectual subject—discussion on a whole series of important topics typically doesn’t win elections.”
- His campaign has been heavily criticized for its false attacks, misrepresentation of the facts, and outright lies. On one occasion, his campaign pollster stated that the Romney campaign would not be dictated to by fact checkers. Another video purported to be of Romney speaking at a private fundraiser was released in late August.