One week after the release of secretly taped videos of Mitt Romney from a private fundraiser sent his poll numbers into a tailspin, the Obama campaign is using the controversial comments in a new television commercial that began running Monday.
In the 30 second ad, the narrator gets straight to the point, saying “Mitt Romney attacked 47% of Americans who pay no income tax, including veterans, the elderly and disabled."
The narrator refers to the secret video clips released last Monday in Mother Jones of Romney at a private fundraiser in Florida in May. The material, recorded without the candidate’s knowledge, showed the Republican challenger telling the audience that 47% of voters are dependent on the government, see themselves as victims, and would “vote for the president no matter what.”
One of the clips is incorporated in the new spot. “My job is not to worry about those people,” Romney says while standing at the podium.
The narrator then asks viewers “Doesn’t the President have to worry about everyone?”
“Mitt Romney paid just 14.1 percent in taxes last year,” says the narrator, claiming that “he keeps millions in Bermuda and the Cayman islands.”
The spot ends with the narrator saying "Maybe instead of attacking others on taxes, Romney should come clean on his."
Just don't hold your breath waiting for that to happen!
In possibly his most disturbing interview to date, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney tells Scott Pelley of CBS's "60 Minutes" that emergency room care suffices as a substitute for the uninsured.
While discussing reducing the federal debt, Romney explains that his first step will be to repeal Obamacare, and repeating his often claimed lie that this will knock $100 billion annually off the budget. In fact, the Congressional Budget Office has found that repealing the health care law will increase the federal budget deficit by more than $100 billion in the first decade and more than a trillion dollars in the next decade. The CBO also found that 30 million Americans would remain uninsured without the Affordable Care Act.
Pelley then asks Romney "Does the government have a responsibility to provide health care to the 50 million Americans who don't have it today?"
With absolutely no hint of emotion, or human compassion whatsoever, Romney tells Scott Pelley, "Well we do provide care for people who don't have insurance. If someone has a heart attack, they don't sit in their apartment and die. We pick them up in an ambulance, and take them to the hospital, and give them care.
And different states have different ways of providing for that care."
I don't think Romney even blinks as he finishes this portion of this extended interview:
Pelley: That's the most expensive way to do it.
Romney: Well the--
Pelley: In an emergency room.
Romney: Different, again, different states have different ways of doing that. Some provide that care through clinics. Some provide the care through emergency rooms. In my state, we found a solution that worked for my state. But I wouldn't take what we did in Massachusetts and say to Texas, "You've got to take the Massachusetts model."
Some states might have clinics? So if you're having a heart attack after business hours you do sit in your apartment and die? Why such a drastic change in Romney's position on health care?
When asked in a March 2010 interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" whether he believes in universal health care coverage, Romney said, "Oh, sure!"
"Look, it doesn't make a lot of sense for us to have millions and millions of people who have no health insurance and yet who can go to the emergency room and get entirely free care for which they have no responsibility, particularly if they are people who have sufficient means to pay their own way," he said. See the video below:
During an interview with Glenn Beck in 2007 (See the video below), Romney said that the individual mandate, the centerpiece of ObamaCare upheld by the Supreme Court today as a tax, was the “ultimative conservatism.” Romney said people going to the hospital and “getting free care” was a “form of socialism.”
See what a gigantic flip-flop this is? Now Romney is endorsing socialism? But Romney's version of socialism is unacceptable, as it leaves millions with no health care at all unless it's an emergency, and even then most hospitals have varying degrees of how much care you'll receive. But the 47% of the U.S. who are just moochers should just shut up and be glad with whatever get, isn't that right Mr. Romney?
“Saturday Night Live” ripped Mitt Romney on his taxes and his 47 percent comment. But the NBC show also defended the Republican presidential candidate by letting his wife, Ann -- played by Kate McKinnon -- blast GOP naysayers on “Weekend Update.”
“Do you really think this would be going better if you’d nominated someone else? Who? Rick Santorum?,” “SNL” had Mrs. Romney saying. “Do you think you missed the boat with Newt Gingrich? If you think I’m unrelatable, check out Callista Gingrich. She’s like a character from ‘Mars Attacks.’ ”
The “SNL” Ann Romney blasted Ron Paul as “a lunatic who doesn’t understand how voting works.” She said Rick Perry’s name three times, and Perry (Bill Hader) showed up from under the desk. “If this race was so winnable, how come Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and Marco Rubio decided not to run?” the candidate’s wife asked.
Romney certainly gave the "SNL" writers a lot of material to work with in the last week. “Weekend Update” anchor Seth Meyers ridiculed Mitt Romney for paying a 14 percent tax rate, “just a little less than restaurants add on for a party of six or more.” How did Romney pay such a low rate? “He claimed 47 percent of Americans as dependents,” Meyers said.
Meyers also weighed in on speculation that Romney applied a self-tanner before appearing on Spanish-language TV. “Speculation? He looks like my dad’s recliner,” Meyers said.
Meyers offered President Obama some advice during the "Weekend Update" segment, “What Are You Doing?” Meyers wondered why Obama said he couldn’t change Washington from the inside.
“Why are you saying anything during Romney's tailspin?” Meyers asked. “Don’t do anything to take the focus off the Romney follies. Their campaign is getting crazier than the last season of ‘Lost.’ ”
From Moveon.org, Check out these brave people who’ve responded to Mitt Romney’s comment that 47% of Americans think of themselves as “victims” and will never “take responsibility for their lives.”
This first video was submitted by Donna & Bruce StClair from Forest, Virginia.
Submitted by DeEtte Beghtol Waleed from Multnomah, Oregon. She says “Mr. Romney… I take responsibility for my children, my grandchildren, and my great-children, and have done that for more than sixty years.”
President Barack Obama sat down to chat with David Letterman on Tuesday, and while they discussed more than just politics, it seemed that his response to the leaked Romney fundraiser video was on everyone's mind. The video had over 2 million views on Monday alone.
Taking Mitt Romney to task, Obama said that "There are not a lot of people out there who think they are victims," and that voters want to make sure that their president is "not writing off big chunks of the country."
The secretly taped video showed the Republican presidential nominee describing "47 percent of the people" as Obama supporters who depend on government and believe they are victims. Romney said it is not his job "to worry about those people," referring to what he called Obama's locked-in supporters who believe they are "entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it."
"My expectation is that if you want to be president, you have to work for everyone, not just for some," Obama said during Letterman's "Late Show."
Romney has since said he made his point "inelegantly" in trying to describe differing visions for the nation.
Obama said people understand that the presidential candidates will make mistakes on the campaign trail. He said that includes one he regrets from 2008, when audio from one of his own private fundraisers had him saying that some residents of depressed rural areas get bitter and "cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them."
Having said that, Obama added, "One thing I've learned as president is that you represent the entire country."
The president and Letterman also chatted about lighter topics, with Obama joking about the Florida pizza restaurant owner who lifted him off the ground in a bear hug last week. `'I think he fixed something in my back," Obama said.
The two also exchanged compliments on their appearances:
I think there is a broad and growing feeling now, among Republicans, that this thing is slipping out of Romney’s hands. Today at a speech in New York with what seemed like many conservatives and Republicans in the audience, I said more or less the above. I wondered if anyone would say, in the Q&A, “I think you’ve got it wrong, you’re too pessimistic.” No one did. A woman asked me to talk about why in a year the Republicans couldn’t lose, the Republican candidate seems to be losing.
Republican Mitt Romney struggled on Tuesday to stabilize his reeling presidential campaign after a secretly recorded video showed him belittling President Barack Obama's supporters as victims who are too dependent on government.
Grim-faced aides acknowledged that it was an unusually dark moment, made worse by the self-inflicted, seemingly avoidable nature of the wound. In low-volume, out-of-the-way conversations, a few of them are now wondering whether victory is still possible and whether they are entering McCain-Palin ticket territory.
It may prove a fleeting anxiety: national polls show the race remains close, even though Mr. Romney trails in some key swing states.
Still, a flustered adviser, describing the mood, said that the campaign was turning into a vulgar, unprintable phrase.
Be sure to read the entire piece, it's deliciously brutal.
“First and foremost, I would like to offer a heartfelt apology to all the whores, junkies, bums, and grime-covered derelicts out there who make up nearly half our nation,” a visibly contrite and solemn Romney said outside a campaign stop at a local high school. “Let me assure you that I in no way meant to offend any of the putrid-smelling, barefoot masses out there. My campaign is not about dividing this nation, but about bringing all sides together—the rich, elegant members of the upper class, as well as the 47 percent who are covered in flies and eat directly from back-alley dumpsters.”
“I am fully committed to building a better future for every American,” Romney continued, “and that means ensuring all 150 million grease-and-urine-soaked members of our society get a fair shake.”
I hope Mitt Romney enjoys eating his words with that silver spoon.
Mitt Romney’s leaked comments, recorded by a hidden camera at a closed-door fundraiser, that 47 percent of Americans “believe that they are victims” and prefer President Obama because his politics are “attractive to people who are not paying taxes” quickly lit up the blogosphere Monday (Our own Karoli posted the leaked video here), so quickly, in fact, that Romney held an impromptu press conference at 10:30 p.m. to address them. In his brief remarks, he doesn’t disavow the argument, instead saying it was “not elegantly stated” and “spoken off the cuff.” He also said that comments were in line with his campaign strategy to “focus on the people in the middle.” Apparently he's referring to the people in the middle of the top one percent along with him, because his remarks in that leaked video were a giant "F-U" to the rest of Americans. But in case any of Romney's internet team is reading, I pay my taxes every year. However, we still don't know if Mitt Romney pays his.