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    Re: Did The 47% Video of Mitt Romney Kill His Chances of Winning?

    I don't think it was THE nail in the coffin, but it was definitely one of them. Along with classics like, "I have binders full of women!"

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    I was listening to a liberal radio talk show host and he made a statement that I'm not sure I believe. He said President Obama was losing until the video surfaced. What do you say?
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    Re: Did The 47% Video of Mitt Romney Kill His Chances of Winning?

    Maybe, but that alone did not likely have that much impact. The 47% comment was largely misunderstood, IMHO, since it was intended to mean that proposed federal income tax (FIT) cuts, which were not applicable to the 47% that pay no FIT, would not help to "buy" their votes. The Romney campaign had bigger screw-ups than that, for example his "simple" 59-point economic plan and explaining that while RomneyCare was good that its close cousin, ObamaCare, was bad.
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    Re: Did The 47% Video of Mitt Romney Kill His Chances of Winning?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chaddelamancha View Post
    I don't think it was THE nail in the coffin, but it was definitely one of them. Along with classics like, "I have binders full of women!"
    Classic example of people looking to get offended.

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    Re: Did The 47% Video of Mitt Romney Kill His Chances of Winning?

    Quote Originally Posted by mak2 View Post
    Oh? What did he really mean by it then?
    See post #12.
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    Re: Did The 47% Video of Mitt Romney Kill His Chances of Winning?

    It certainly played a role in the Romney loss. But I suspect he would have lost even if it had not surfaced.
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    Re: Did The 47% Video of Mitt Romney Kill His Chances of Winning?

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    I was listening to a liberal radio talk show host and he made a statement that I'm not sure I believe. He said President Obama was losing until the video surfaced. What do you say?
    I always felt it was Obama's election to lose, but it did seem to be tightening up near the end. This gaff ended all that.

    He didn't have time to recreate his image, and it's not clear he could or ever has.

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    Re: Did The 47% Video of Mitt Romney Kill His Chances of Winning?

    I voted no. He actually covered a lot of things in that full quote Mother Jones released, and it all got jumbled together.

    He said that 47% of Americans don't pay income tax. In a way that was right as the Tax Policy Center showed that over 46% of American households didn't pay federal taxes in 2011. But of those 46%+ more than half did pay payroll taxes. So that was right & wrong.

    He said that people would vote for Obama because they play victims, and think they're entitled to healthcare, and food, and housing, and other stuff. He was right about that. I don't know if it's 47% of Americans, but there are a large number that feel that way and voted for Obama because of it.

    So there was some truth in what he said, some gray matter, and a lot of opinion. Did it cost him the election? Absolutely not, in my opinion. He wasn't going to win anyway, for a number of reasons - the Electoral College is stacked against the Republicans (even if he won the popular vote), and he wasn't going to "get out the vote" anyway. Obama had minorities, women and young people who adored him so much they wept at his campaign stops. Romney couldn't compete with that.

    But that said, I'm surprised he did as well as he did.

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    Re: Did The 47% Video of Mitt Romney Kill His Chances of Winning?

    Since I wasn't planning on voting for Romney anyway, I viewed as just another case of stupidity made verbal.

    Did it actually cost him the election? I don't think so, as other's have said, he likely wouldn't have gotten those votes anyway. Too many have been disenchanted with both parties for so long, it was being used as an excuse for some.
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    Re: Did The 47% Video of Mitt Romney Kill His Chances of Winning?

    Quote Originally Posted by CRUE CAB View Post
    Classic example of people looking to get offended.
    True, and with all this social media at their disposal, it gives them a pretty powerful voice.
    Hail to the King baby!

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    Re: Did The 47% Video of Mitt Romney Kill His Chances of Winning?

    Quote Originally Posted by WillyPete View Post
    I always felt it was Obama's election to lose, but it did seem to be tightening up near the end. This gaff ended all that.

    He didn't have time to recreate his image, and it's not clear he could or ever has.
    I think his image was always as a cold hearted business man.


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