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Romney hits out at Obama voters in new tax row

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Romney hits out at Obama voters in new tax row


US presidential nominee Mitt Romney faces a new tax row after after telling rich donors that President Barack Obama’s voters don’t pay taxes and are “dependent” on the government.

A secretly filmed video has emerged which shows the Republican claiming that many poor Americans behave like freeloaders.

The 65-year-old criticised those “who believe they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to heath care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it.”

The Obama camp has hit back at the controversial remarks says that Romney had disdainfully written off half the nation. Many commentators claim the video could set back Romney’s presidential aspirations.

But one analyst thinks the comments will resonate with America’s squeezed middle class which has recently seen incomes and opportunities fall.

At a hastily arranged press conference on Monday, Romney admitted that his comments had not been “elegantly stated”.

“But it is a message which I’m going to carry and continue to carry, which is: look, the President’s approach is attractive to people who are not paying taxes because frankly my discussion about lowering taxes isn’t as attractive to them, and therefore I’m not likely to draw them into my campaign as effectively as those in the middle”.

Leaked Video of Romney Could Damage Presidential Campaign

GOP presidential candidate Romney calls 47% of U.S voters “people who pay no income tax” and are “dependent upon government” at a private fundraiser last May in Florida.

Storified by euronews · Tue, Sep 18 2012 03:30:28

The videos were first revealed on the website of the left-leaning magazine 'Mother Jones'

Mitt Romney on Obama Votersmotherjonesvideo
SECRET VIDEO: Romney Tells Millionaire Donors What He REALLY Thinks of Obama VotersDuring a private fundraiser earlier this year, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told a small group of wealthy contributors w...
The content of these videos caused a storm of outraged reactions on Twitter
when u pick your jaws off the floor after looking at #Romneyvideo read David Corn's full article in #MotherJones... Goldfarb
So @MittRomney calls #47percent of us welfare cheats & tax dodgers. I'll show you my tax returns if you show me yoursIsaac
Even by Romney's standards: one of the worst of Presidential electioneering gaffs ever! Snow
Many of us have seen pols pander to donors in closed events. I've heard my share Rs+Ds. Never anything this damaging however.Mark Halperin
The press saw these remarks as a potentially very damaging gaffe
BLOOMBERG: Mitt Romney Just Lost The ElectionThe reaction to Mitt Romney's private remarks about the 47 percent of Americans who don't pay income taxes has been brutal and swift. Rom...
Romney Talks Bluntly of Those Dependent on GovernmentMitt Romney described almost half of Americans as "dependent upon government" during a private reception with donors earlier this year an...
Conservatives and the Republican establishment flocked to defend Romney, claimed bias and stood by his remarks.
Dammit! I'm just now seeing these Romney secret videos. We need that guy on the campaign trail!Erick Erickson
Thing that helps Romney: no one thinks they're in the 47%.Ben Domenech
MEDIA: OMG - Did Romney accurately say that 47% of Americans don't pay taxes? Gaffe! Did Obama falsely say Egypt isn't an ally? No big deal.Mitt Romney Central
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus Says Romney Was "On Message" Regarding 47% Comment Politics
The controversy echoed remarks uttered by then Democratic candidate Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign at a San Francisco, Calif. fundraiser. Obama had stated that "... each successive administration has said that somehow these [rural] communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."
Barack Obama's small town guns and religion commentspotus08blog
Good thing Romney didn't call swing state voters quiet racists who cling to guns and God. It totally sunk the last guy who did.Seth
Folks lest we forget in 2008 then candidate Obama was taped saying "cling to their Bibles & Guns" he survived, seriously Romney will recoverSophia A. Nelson
Mitt Romney's 'Clinging to Guns or Religion' MomentWhy a secret recording from a fundraiser is very bad news for the Republican nominee Speaking to a closed-door gathering of donors to his...
If reckless remarks at fundraisers buried a presidential campaign, John McCain would be president right now.Joe Scarborough
When then candidate Obama made"cling to guns" statement - he never said he didn't care about those people. Big Difference @LawrenceJacqueline
Romney reacted in a press conference, failed to convince Twitter users
Mitt Romney Responds to Leaked Private Fundraiser Video; Comments on Low Income Obama Supportersabcnews
Romney says his argument wasn't "elegantly stated" but suggests he stands by the jist of his message in the videoHolly Bailey
Saw Romney's presser trying to walk back his comments. Looked like a kid trying to explain his report card.jelani cobb
Unsolicited advice to Gov. Romney: Walking away from questions at a press conference always looks good.Roger Simon

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