Political fallout from secret recordings of Mitt Romney
Do his statements help or hurt his chances?
- Duration 7:47
- Date Sep 18, 2012
Do his statements help or hurt his chances?
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Fox News alert we just learned that we are going to get more of this Romney.
These Romney remarks.
In roughly an hour this tape that was made back in May surreptitiously.
At a at a fund raiser that he was happening having.
A liberal magazine is releasing more of these recordings.
And his conversation with his supporters now it's been leaking out over the summer -- here in there in bits and pieces and now this Mother Jones Magazine is actually released or is about to release the whole bank.
Among the topics that he touched on -- material already released the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians among other things listen here.
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We're just trying to.
All of forest certification a couple of people who.
The you know I think there's.
All right thanks.
It is yeah.
Go into the.
Democrats have also criticize governor Romney.
For comments characterizing president Obama's supporters as people who are dependent on government and quote victims who will never vote for governor Romney.
So to these videos hurt or possibly help governor Ronnie.
-- Reagan ski is a former political advisors Jersey democratic senator Frank Lautenberg -- -- Fox News contributor.
And Lars Larson is a syndicated radio host with compass media networks to leak.
I'm not dependent I'm happy to say I'm not depend on government and had to play amateur athlete Ernie -- Narnia and and and that I endeavor will be -- let's accounts of security Medicare.
Which of course they okay a lot of fear of course -- -- pay a lot of taxes obamacare actually on my dependent on my insurance company -- -- covered yeah look there's a big well.
Let's say here's the problem for Mitt Romney I'm not saying this is a partisan I'm saying it's actually some -- just analyzing the situation.
This is rhetoric that helps some tremendously.
With his conservative base pretty much for the conservative base believes and that's fine.
The problem for Mitt Romney is that in order to win this election -- expand beyond.
His conservative base and ironically that was the point he was making it -- it in that video that right and huge it an interesting poll back in July that's -- when he 3% of independent voters believe.
That low income people are paying too little just 23% conversely 56%.
Believe the rich are paying too little so it's not appealing to independents to have this kind of message out there although does reinforce his position his on base.
And yet -- -- that there's another poll that Fox News did recently Lars that said that asks Republicans Democrats and independents.
Is the federal government doing too much or too little right now in the country.
And I want to focus on the independent feedback because that as we're all seeming to agree is the number that matters here.
The Republicans -- we'll be -- Bentley said the Democrats probably will the independents look at -- 62%.
Believe the federal government is doing too much.
To solve the country's problems just 29% believe it's doing too little.
-- -- -- And I think I'd say -- Governor Romney phrased it in artfully but there's a lot of truth in what he said and this is I think -- -- resonate with average Americans they recognize let's take the broad picture.
Half of American workers pay no federal income taxes and yet half of American households received some support from the government in through.
-- -- -- Food stamps welfare the whole nine yards and people recognize that when you have half the country not paying anything and a half the country receiving some kind of benefit like it or not it doesn't mean that every single Obama supporter is on food stamps -- welfare but far too many people in this country yard and at the end of the day if meg and ask yourself if somebody's receiving federal government assistance of some kind or state a state -- it's dependent on a federal payment which is what most of them are.
That's gonna mean they're likely to vote for the guy who promises to give them more rather than the guy who threatens to cut back what they're getting that's that's pretty simple Julie.
That there's a piece posted on bright art today -- that says -- that this is the quote.
About how to how some folks on the right in particular art or even in the middle.
May feel quote I have no doubt they will welcome hearing some tough and realistic talk against those riding the wagon instead of pulling it.
I part of that is right people on the right will be happening here at the the unfortunate reality though is that it's not true look there's a reason why some people don't pay income tax.
-- -- seniors and -- retired.
Some have deduction knowing what I -- I worked -- -- -- well it's happy thought look at that somehow deductions like the earned income tax credit.
Which is -- very big Republican supported program some have the child abduction.
Which they also take another something else that was very much supported by Republicans and a bipartisan way.
So it's because -- policy that both Republican and Democrats supported ironically policies that are designed.
To get people off -- welfare into work.
That we have a situation to have these people also let me just finish these people also pay.
Much more as a percentage of their income than Mitt Romney does because the payroll taxes because -- property talk well that -- I don't.
Now they're running back now and it never admit -- paid income tax Indian attract higher bracket what we don't know I don't know what he pays back -- he -- -- in -- higher -- was significant -- company -- -- -- most of his -- and we're -- in terms -- capital -- -- we don't -- -- at a lower -- Which even democratic President Bill Clinton lowered one the -- -- entry.
But listen Lars -- that the point is yes you know if you watch some of the media coverage on his last night.
If it is -- breathless you know.
You know -- He hates half the country the -- ate it every country he's admitting he bit millionaire right it was tied behind it as it turns out they're running -- behind closed or the -- seniors.
And -- veterans in hate people in wheelchairs but he doesn't well that's the narrative it's coming out and our ideals of other folks are gonna make it says it you tell me of those people walk away thinking.
I liked him before but now I do not.
They might but -- and I trust that Americans are actually very Smart despite what the elite liberals in this country where the leadership would think that they're incapable of thinking and it capable of doing for themselves they understand it is niceties as it is that these federal programs we're running out of money.
We are functionally bankrupt right now and that's something that even the hardest core left wing supporter knows.
Met -- those security essentially bankrupt now it's not happening today but they recognize that -- is coming and what all of the checks stop going to all of the people we're gonna have a problem unless we start making some changes right now you don't wait till you're at the edge of the cliff to pull back and and President Obama.
He's the food stamp president for a reason.
His administration has pushed food stamps the state I'm sitting in right now or Oregon got a multi million dollar bonus because they were the most successful at setting -- the most people for food stamps and the administration has said things like.
Put aside your pride.
Don't have too much pride to take help from the government -- that -- far and people know it's not sustainable.
I got to leave it all and that's true but look at the couple of luck on a good debate I was feeling -- thank you love.