Two GOP Senate candidates condemn Romney's 47% comments
September 18th, 2012
06:04 PM ET
6 years ago

Two GOP Senate candidates condemn Romney's 47% comments

(CNN) - Two Republican Senate candidates from blue states condemned Tuesday the newly revealed remarks by Mitt Romney who claimed that 47% of the country believes they are victims, dependent on the government for food, housing, and health care.

Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts and Linda McMahon of Connecticut, both in tight election battles that could determine which party controls the Senate, sought to distance themselves from Romney's controversial remarks brought to light in a secretly recorded video of a closed-door May fundraiser published Monday.

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"That's not the way I view the world," Brown said in a statement released by his campaign. "As someone who grew up in tough circumstances, I know that being on public assistance is not a spot that anyone wants to be in. Too many people today who want to work are being forced into public assistance for lack of jobs."

"I disagree with Governor Romney's insinuation that 47% of Americans believe they are victims who must depend on the government for their care," McMahon said in a statement posted on her website. "I know that the vast majority of those who rely on government are not in that situation because they want to be. People today are struggling because the government has failed to keep America competitive, failed to support job creators, and failed to get our economy back on track."

McMahon, who is now wealthy, recounted how she and her husband Vince McMahon struggled financially when they were younger.

"I am sympathetic to the struggles millions of Americans are going through because I've been there," she said. "As a young couple Vince and I lost our home and our car. With two small children it was not an easy time for our family."

Filed under: 2012 • Linda McMahon • Mitt Romney • Scott Brown
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    He's another one that will say anything to be reelected to get those welfare for the wealthy benefits of working one week per month, full health-care and a nice pension AND $174,000 to do all that.

    Then they condemn famlies trying to live on less than $20,000 per year.

    Vote for Elizabeth Warren MA.

    September 18, 2012 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    Ms McMahon -- why did the republicans in the house reject every jobs bill or attach an abortion bill to it? Answer those two questions, and I'll let you know.

    The republicans are all in panic mode at this point. Never in history have so many stood up for US. (Of course they are lying for votes - it's obvious).

    September 18, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  3. GrimReaper

    The Romney/Ryan campaign died today. RIP

    September 18, 2012 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  4. Kef14

    Good luck getting invited to one of Mitt's many Estates for tea and strumpets to watch the dancing horse Scott and Linda!

    September 18, 2012 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  5. Lou

    And the Romney's had it hard too. They lost the scissors they needed to cut the coupons on their inherited bonds.

    September 18, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |

    Spemding and Taxes originate in the House, The GOP & Tea Party controls that, blame them, not Obama. He has disdain should be for those who recieve Corporate Welfare.

    September 18, 2012 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  7. Phi Thomas

    These guys are so Funny the two clowns they have fighting for seats in moderate to left leaning states come out. This Brown guy every chance he gets to distance himself from the RNC he jumps on, but its all a show. This guy sat on his duff for three and a half years quietly. Now that its an election cycle he can't stop yapping

    September 18, 2012 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  8. 1twinsfan

    McMahon and Brown also don't get it. SSN, VA benefits, Pell grants. Not everything is public assistance.

    September 18, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  9. Slightly Left of Center

    Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts and Linda McMahon of Connecticut, both in tight election battles...., sought to distance themselves from Romney's controversial remarks.

    And if they weren't in tight election battles? Would they speak out then?

    September 18, 2012 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  10. Luke,AZ

    The Republican ship is on fire. Captain Thurston Howell Robme IV has ordered all the life boats lowered into the water. The Republican Party is about to explode. Is Captain Robme going to go down with the ship or not? Stay tuned until next weeks episode of GOP's Island.

    September 18, 2012 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  11. Dan, TX

    Then take your party back from the Tea Party.

    September 18, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain: If you liked GW Bush's economic, military and foreign policies, vote for Mittens

    Brown is just paying lip-service to this, just like Mittens played lip-service to being pro-choice when he was gov of Mass. Brown is trying to position himself as a moderate, because he plans on running for Prez in 2016.

    Vote for the real deal: Vote for Elizabeth Warren!

    September 18, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  13. Gurgyl

    Good for you, folks, just vote for Elizabeth. Simple.

    September 18, 2012 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  14. Randy, San Francisco

    Brown and McMahon are hypocrites. If elected, they will vote for the Romney/Ryan budget/tax proposals which will benefit the wealthy at the expense of seniors and the middle class.

    September 18, 2012 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  15. Maxx

    Et tu Brutus?

    September 18, 2012 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  16. kimberly

    whatever! they feel the same way as mitt does, and they are just as NUTS as he is! buh bye loons!

    September 18, 2012 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  17. Wondering Wanda

    I realize that not all Republicans are forked-tongue, but most are-No abortion–no social programs–can you have one without the other?

    After the 47% comment all those people in the red states will realize–they need a president that does not think he is better than they are.

    September 18, 2012 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  18. Gordon

    Looks like Obama's chances fir another term gets better every day. Romney has had one foot in his mouth the last couple of weeks. Now he is trying hard to stick both of them in there LOL. Keep going Mr. Romney while us Democrats sit back and laugh our head off.

    September 18, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  19. Rick McDaniel

    Romney never said he wasn't sympathetic to those struggling. He simply said that 47% of Americans pay no taxes, and the majority of those are die hard Democrats.

    September 18, 2012 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  20. Diego Farias

    Can "anti coattails" become a thing? And can we call them "Romney Coattails"?

    September 18, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  21. Ann

    understandable, I don't blame them, they have to win their seats. Which doesn't mean the statistics is incorrect. And yes, people who are made to believe that they depend on government support, become victims.

    September 18, 2012 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  22. Name A better sociaty

    Sadly, that is, what is really going on right
    nowadays is that a lot of people just don't like to work while many Americans like the system of less goverment handout. Help should be given to people who are really in need and should be tempoary. Nobody should be lazy and abuse the system. The best way is to work and help yourself and dont get the help of the goverment unless very necessary. Not being a burden,Romney was right, and people dont like to hear and face the truth and make excusess instead of doing what they have to do

    September 18, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  23. 100 % ETHIO

    Good time to switch party.

    September 18, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  24. Larry L

    Brown is pretending to give a crap about the middle class. He's a rat leaving a sinking ship. Romney has been caught in an inevitible trap. The Republican base is controlled by extremists who believe anything they hear on Fox News. Independents however – are smarter and want actual answers to real questions. Romney has no platform except dishonesty and distortion. He supports only the fat cats and nobody else – as his statements support.

    September 18, 2012 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  25. amlcpamaine

    Senator Centerfold has been running running running from the GOP to distance himself from the flak, but the Massachusetts voters know that he's already spent two years bending over for McConnell. Too little too late ....

    September 18, 2012 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
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