Thursday, September 20, 2012

Obama On 47% Remark: Maybe Romney Hasn't "Gotten Around A Lot"

Despite widespread viewing of a video in which he disparages almost half of America as freeloaders, Mitt Romney told a Miami forum hosted by the Spanish-language TV network Univision on Wednesday, "My campaign is about the 100 percent in America." Today in the same setting, President Obama was asked which is the true Romney? Obama said that he'd leave that answer to his opponent, but suggested that Romney's attitude about the 47 percent may reflect the fact that he hasn't "gotten around a lot"; had he done so, he'd have realized that "the American people are the hardest working people there are." Watch:

OBAMA: When you express an attitude that half the country considers itself victims, that somehow they want to be dependent on government, my thinking is maybe you haven’t gotten around a lot, because I travel around the country all the time and the American people are the hardest working people there are. Their problem is not that they’re not working hard enough or they don’t want to work or they’re being taxed too little or they just want to loaf around and gather government checks. We’ve gone through a challenging time. People want a hand up, not a handout. Are there people who abuse the system? Yes. Both at the bottom and at the top. Because there are whole bunch of millionaires who aren’t paying taxes at all either.

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