Transcript: Mitt Romney’s remarks on ‘Obama voters’ at a Florida fundraiser
Transcript of remarks by Mitt Romney on “Obama voters” during a fundraiser held at the Boca Raton home of Marc Leder, Co-CEO of Sun Capital Partners Inc., in May 2012:
*The remarks were apparently recorded without Romney’s knowledge, and the footage was obtained and published by MotherJones.com.
“There are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47% 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.
“And I mean the President starts off with 49, 49…he starts off with a huge number. These are people who pay no income tax. 47% of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn’t connect.
“So he’ll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich. I mean, that’s what they sell every 4 years. And so my job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.
“What I have to do is convince the 5% to 10% that are independents, that are thoughtful, that look at voting one way or another depending upon in some cases emotion, whether they like the guy or not.”
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