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Romney Denigrates Obama Voters, Talks Candidly with Millionaires at Private Fundraiser: VIDEOS


Yesterday, Brandon posted a video of Mitt Romney addressing a group of millionaire donors posted to YouTube by a user named Anne Onymous, in which Romney tells the donors what he thinks about Obama voters.

Vvs_romneySays Romney in the video:

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.

Watch that video, plus several others that are going viral, AFTER THE JUMP...

Mother Jones' David Corn obtained a much longer recording of Romney's remarks, with footage they've blurred, and is posting excerpts, which detail Romney's response to charges that he isn't attacking Obama hard enough for fear of alienating independents. They discuss his consultants, some of whom he boasts worked for Netanyahu, his opinions on what wins an election, and what will happen to the economy if he's elected (he tells the markets will get a boost if people thinks he's going to win, and then in the following sentences he says "I can– I can never predict what the markets will do. Sometimes it does the exact opposite of what I would have expected...").

Corn adds:

Describing his family background, he quipped about his father, "Had he been born of Mexican parents, I'd have a better shot of winning this." Contending that he is a self-made millionaire who earned his own fortune, Romney insisted, "I have inherited nothing." He remarked, "There is a perception, 'Oh, we were born with a silver spoon, he never had to earn anything and so forth.' Frankly, I was born with a silver spoon, which is the greatest gift you can have: which is to get born in America."

Watch all the videos, AFTER THE JUMP...

Jim Messina, Obama for America Campaign Manager, sent out a statement late this afternoon in response to Romney's statement about Obama voters:

“It's shocking that a candidate for President of the United States would go behind closed doors and declare to a group of wealthy donors that half the American people  view themselves as ‘victims,’ entitled to handouts, and are unwilling to take ‘personal responsibility’ for their lives.  It’s hard to serve as president for all Americans when you’ve disdainfully written off half the nation.” –

UPDATE: The Romney campaign responds to the 47% remarks:

"Mitt Romney wants to help all Americans struggling in the Obama economy. As the governor has made clear all year, he is concerned about the growing number of people who are dependent on the federal government, including the record number of people who are on food stamps, nearly one in six Americans in poverty, and the 23 million Americans who are struggling to find work. Mitt Romney's plan creates 12 million new jobs in four years, grows the economy and moves Americans off of government dependency and into jobs."

NOTE: Kudos and thanks to Brandon for identifying and posting the video yesterday. Some of you may have read his farewell message in the round-up yesterday. I'd like to thank him for the fine work he's done here at Towleroad as our weekend blogger, and wish him the best in his future endeavors.

Romney on Obama voters:

On handling Obama carefully:

On his consultants

On what wins an election:

On the economy if he wins:

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  1. I pay plenty of taxes -- and there is no chance on Earth I would vote for this guy. So Mr. Romney, you can write me off as well.

    Oh I forgot, you already suggested that gay people shouldn't vote for you. Consider it done.

    Posted by: Rick | Sep 17, 2012 7:52:07 PM

  2. Romney is a rich pariah who simply can’t identify with ANY average American through his fog of lies and network of havened money. He’ll only continue to get booed out of the room by every group of minority and middle class voters he comes across. His religion and wealth is highly elitist and everyone in this country has had it with his kind. We’re telling Mitt he can’t buy this election! Read about the role of his money and his Magic Mormon Underwear are playing in the polls at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/05/mitt-romneys-magic-mormon-underwear.html

    Posted by: Brandt Hardin | Sep 17, 2012 7:54:04 PM

  3. "I have inherited nothing."

    Again, out of touch. Zero understanding of inheritance. It's not just money. It's opportunity. It's job prospects. It's doors that open for you because your name is Romney. It's schools that admit you because of who your father is. Did he pay for your schooling, Mittens? He probably thinks all parents pay for it.

    You can sense the utter disdain he has for the "entitled" people, too. In other words, he's not really going to care about 47% of the population if elected.

    He's the PERFECT corporate executive. It's in his speech (the rare times we hear from sincere Mitt). He'd be a terrible President.

    Posted by: kp05 | Sep 17, 2012 8:05:54 PM

  4. Mitt Romney doesn't like a lot of people. However, what he said is correct. There is a large group of people who believe the government owes them. And they are not ashamed of it.

    Posted by: Bill | Sep 17, 2012 8:07:22 PM

  5. I cannot conceive of looking at this man for 4 years as he dictates nonsense from the White House. Of course, RyRy would be heading up the dirty work.

    We can't just assume that Mittsy will piss off enough people to become a non-entity in November. Drag your near-death Granny out to vote!

    Posted by: gregory brown | Sep 17, 2012 8:07:51 PM

  6. The kind of people who eat this kind of $hit up are the kind of people that believe that the 47% of Americans who earn so little as to not be required to pay income taxes should have to pay a percentage of their below the national poverty level income to help make the lucky, the privileged, and the rich, even more rich.

    This guy, and his supporters, are so out of touch with the rest of the country, that they think 200k a year in income is "middle class".

    Income tax exists BECAUSE of the super wealthy in America accumulating enormous amounts of wealth to the extent that it de-diversified the entire economic system of the nation.

    Look at the history of income tax. It never should have included the middle class or the poor. It was only intended to mitigate the harm done by the mega rich.

    Posted by: "The Gay" | Sep 17, 2012 8:21:02 PM

  7. It means he doesn't care about his base of stupid voters mostly in the south. He just hope they don't understand what he is saying.

    Posted by: simon | Sep 17, 2012 8:25:02 PM

  8. This is similar to Obama's "They cling to their guns and religion and have apathy towards those who aren't like them." from the 2008 campaign.

    Except the big difference is what Obama said was absolutely TRUE.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Sep 17, 2012 8:38:53 PM

  9. @BILL: ALL of Obama's supporters (47%) fall into that category of expecting the government owes them something? No, not even close.

    There are a lot of GOP peeps who think the government owes them something too. It may not be in the form of a welfare cheque, but they think that their government cronies should help out the rich folk on corporate welfare: insanely low personal tax rates for the upper tax bracket, tax breaks for corporations, non-existant rules protecting the environment, consumers and no rules for banks and the stock market (you know, the big reason for the 2008 recession).

    I'm all for giving businesses tax breaks IF they in turn invest in American jobs. But they don't want that. They want to get tax breaks and then ship jobs overseas and then they wonder why Americans can't afford to buy their products. It's a vicous circle.

    Posted by: DAN | Sep 17, 2012 8:41:37 PM

  10. Half of the 47% of Americans who don't pay income tax are retirees living on just their Social Security benefits. I know Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan want to abolish Medicare and replace it with a coupon program but I didn't know before today that they want to force all those old moochers to start paying income tax.

    The nerve of all those old geezers to think that they are "entitled" to something. Take away their Medicare and force them to start paying their fair share of income tax so that Mittens can continue to pay less than 14% on his $20 million annual income.

    Posted by: Ninong | Sep 17, 2012 8:53:00 PM

  11. http://twitpic.com/avrlm4/full

    That's a great graphic of which states have the most non-payers. And guess what, the top 10 with the most non-payers are red states!

    Posted by: jakke | Sep 17, 2012 9:35:14 PM

  12. Adding to Ninong's comment,

    Most of the 47% who didn't pay income taxes paid a higher percentage of their income in taxes for Social Security and Medicare than Mitt Romney did overall, not to mention state taxes and other taxes that add to it, which Mitt has lawyers and tax experts to get out of paying.

    The 47% figure was a lie years ago, when Republicans first started saying it, and it's a lie today.

    Posted by: Ryan | Sep 17, 2012 9:38:50 PM

  13. He "can never predict what the markets will do", but he thinks without lifting a finger after being elected sheer optimism will make the economy improve? I don't think I've ever heard the man not contradict himself from one breath to the next.

    Posted by: Keith | Sep 17, 2012 10:03:47 PM

  14. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/wp/2012/09/17/romneys-theory-of-the-taker-class-and-why-it-matters/
    "For what it’s worth, this argument isn’t true. Among the Americans who paid no federal income taxes in 2011, 61 percent paid payroll taxes — which means they have jobs and, when you account for both sides of the payroll tax, they paid 15.3 percent of their income in taxes, which is higher than the 13.9 percent that Romney paid. "

    This point really needs to be highlighted. A majority of the people he's calling free riders are paying a higher rate of income taxes than he is.

    Posted by: JShep | Sep 17, 2012 10:08:38 PM

  15. He wasn't one of your stronger writers.

    Posted by: Rob | Sep 17, 2012 11:00:47 PM

  16. The amazing thing to me isn't his words about the so called "entitlement class"(which includes retirees and his stats are just plain wrong) but how natural and passionate he sounds saying these things. It's one of the few times he sounds sincere and connected to what he's saying. Guess most of what he says in his standard stump speeches sounds insincere because it is. He really basically hates most of us

    Posted by: slippy | Sep 17, 2012 11:43:08 PM

  17. Many of those 47% served in our nations military. Something that Romney and all of his five sons have chosen not to do. That is there right, but Romney may want to consider the contribution the "lower" classes make to safe guarding our security so that he and his fat cat friends can live in the lap of luxury.

    Posted by: Andrew | Sep 18, 2012 2:51:50 AM

  18. He should be OK in the election because he's got his magic underwear on.

    Posted by: Kathy | Sep 18, 2012 5:55:25 AM

  19. And Joe Stein's comment should really be deleted. Irrelevant to the discussion, and he's been spamming other posts here and on Huffington Post as well with the exact same message. Also doesn't appear to backed up by any other source.

    Posted by: JShep | Sep 18, 2012 6:50:10 AM

  20. this Obama supporter depends on the the govt to make sure my roads are safe, my water is safe to drink...the air good to breathe....food safe to eat - then yea, I depend on the govt

    Posted by: disgusted american | Sep 18, 2012 7:04:48 AM

  21. I'm sure a lot of people thought Mitt Romney was a well educated business oriented kind of guy who was pandering to the crazed right wingers and sort of pretending to be one of them to get elected. Turns out he is a crazed right winger. No pretending.

    Slippy nails it: he's usually kind of high pitched and stuttery, but in the video he's clearly relaxed. Because he's speaking from what heart he has. He's actually a crazed right winger who believes in bizarre concepts of who Americans are. He thinks he should be president while thinking half of Americans are lazy welfare cheats who won't vote for him because he'll cut off their checks.

    I've worked in non-profit theaters making ridiculously low pay, and somehow without kids or mortgage income or whatever to deduct, always ended up paying a lot of federal income taxes. Every year. A higher per centage of my paltry income than Romney has paid in the one plus maybe one year he has deigned to reveal of his multimegamillion income.

    And really "inherited nothing"? He's even lying in a comfortable context of rich guys. It's his default mechanism: lie.

    I hope uninformed and low information voters manage to get this.

    Oh, and Brandt: "rich pariah". Nice choice of words.

    Posted by: emjayay | Sep 18, 2012 7:31:14 AM

  22. In the hastily organized damage control press availabilty, once again Romney, without any goodbye, walks off with the same obligatory forced fake smirk/smile he showed the last time he did a damage control presser, a day or two ago.

    When not in the comfortable super rich guy environment, everything he says and does is transparently figured out and false. He makes Nixon look good.

    Posted by: emjayay | Sep 18, 2012 7:38:53 AM

  23. What is so insipid about his view is that he is clearly out of touch with the common middle American. It seems he actually wants the "welfare" to go to big business in the form of tax breaks and incentives.

    Sorry, the government isn't there to make sure corporations get bigger and wealthier. It should be there to keep them ethical, law abiding, and tax-paying.

    Posted by: Joe De Hoyos | Sep 18, 2012 3:00:17 PM

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