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    Worker who taped Romney's 47% comment comes forward.[W: 168]

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    Romney's remarks were taped at a May 2012 fundraiser in Florida. In the video, made public by Mother Jones in September, Romney told supporters that backers of President Barack Obama are "victims" and dependent on the government.“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what," Romney said. "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.”
    Romney later backed off his remarks—though he didn't quite apologize. He told reporters that his comments were "not elegantly stated."
    I think this comment did a lot of damage for Romney and it's interesting that the guy who taped him was part of that 47%. I would guess also guess that the reason this comment did so much damage was not because Romney is a rich guy but because of the unitarian message Romney was trying to push while also trying to paint himself as an American who was caring about the struggles of that 47% and the struggles it has. Furthermore, I would even argue that the real reason this did damage was because well, Romney with his other comments about "waging $10K" and having friends who own NASCAR teams made him sound far more elitist than he probably is in real life.

    In short, this wasn't a good move on Romney's behalf. Even if he did think it would never get out.
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    Re: Worker who taped Romney's 47% comment comes forward.

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    I think this comment did a lot of damage for Romney and it's interesting that the guy who taped him was part of that 47%. I would guess also guess that the reason this comment did so much damage was not because Romney is a rich guy but because of the unitarian message Romney was trying to push while also trying to paint himself as an American who was caring about the struggles of that 47% and the struggles it has. Furthermore, I would even argue that the real reason this did damage was because well, Romney with his other comments about "waging $10K" and having friends who own NASCAR teams made him sound far more elitist than he probably is in real life.

    In short, this wasn't a good move on Romney's behalf. Even if he did think it would never get out.
    Given recent precedent, Romney ought to be able to sue this person for $100,000.
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    Re: Worker who taped Romney's 47% comment comes forward.

    that depends on whether or not Florida is a two party consent state. California is. Other states aren't.
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    Re: Worker who taped Romney's 47% comment comes forward.

    Romney was an idiot for saying it. EVERYTHING a candidate says can and should come under scrutiny. Not going to lie...the fact is he was correct...but there IS a much more intelligent way to say it. The fact is that there WERE a large number of people that were committed to vote for Obama and nothing he said or did was going to influence their decision and it WOULD be a waste of time and campaign dollars to attempt to go after their vote. That is all he needed to say. That's all he SHOULD have said.

    This also wasn't the only thing he said that was foolish but it certainly ranks right up at the top.

    As for going after the guy that filmed it...that would be another foolish maneuver. Time to just let it go. Two shots at the brass ring...theres a message there for you.

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    Re: Worker who taped Romney's 47% comment comes forward.

    I thought the individual who taped this and disclosed it was a relative of Jimmy Carter or affiliated with him in some way.

    Anyway, what Romney said was not entirely inaccurate in that over the past several Presidential elections there are about 47% on the left and 47% on the right who will vote for "their side's" guy no matter what - the battle is for the 6% who are subject to persuasion. Had he left it at that and not tried to expand on and identify who made up the 47% who would never vote for him, he would have been fine. However, he didn't and he suffered for it.

    It's too bad since he would have been a far better President than what you got stuck with for another four years.

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    Re: Worker who taped Romney's 47% comment comes forward.

    let the death threats start!
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    Re: Worker who taped Romney's 47% comment comes forward.

    Romney told the truth, pure and simple. The only 'damage' done came from those who were never going to vote for him anyway because they'd lose some of their handouts.
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    Re: Worker who taped Romney's 47% comment comes forward.

    What do you call an honest politician?



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    Re: Worker who taped Romney's 47% comment comes forward.

    Given the recent precedent, Willard has an OUTstanding shot at $100,000 (pocket change for him) IF he can prove the bartender committed fraud by leading Willard into making the statements AND highly editing the video.

    The problem Willard faced wasn't just what he said but what the party he was a member of said behind him. The combined front pushed many folks away from the Republicans in enough numbers for Obama to win re-election, and ANY reduction in the radical right wing rhetoric would have worked.

    What Willard should have known is what his millionaire Daddy could have told him....

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    Re: Worker who taped Romney's 47% comment comes forward.

    Quote Originally Posted by Arbo View Post
    Romney told the truth, pure and simple. The only 'damage' done came from those who were never going to vote for him anyway because they'd lose some of their handouts.
    You mean the truth that some of those 47% are service members?

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