September 18th, 2012
12:19 PM ET
2 years ago

Video: Who are the 47%?

(CNN) - CNN's Christine Romans fact-checks Mitt Romney's comments about the 47% of Americans who don't pay federal income taxes.


Filed under: Mitt Romney • Taxes
soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. ThinkAgain: If you liked GW Bush's economic, military and foreign policies, vote for Mittens

    CNN, please post this info as text, in addition to having the video for those folks who have slow connections and/or don't have the time to watch.

    This information needs to get out!

    September 18, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  2. myviewis

    All the shysters who have learned to manipulate the system and take monies away from the elderly, poor women with children, sick children, disabled people.

    All the shysters who are healthy, strong that can work but would rather wake up at 11AM and hang out.

    September 18, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    I already beat you o it in the previous article, CNN. Get on the ball. Or was it coming up with some spin to help whuitewash this for Mittens' that took you so long?

    September 18, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Who are the 47%

    Only one of them matters for this discussion: Mittens himself.

    September 18, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. Thomas

    They are most of the men and woman who served in the military !

    Romney , five sons who avoided voluntary military service .

    September 18, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. cali girl

    I wonder if Grandpa is happy to be sitting in his old folks home right now, since Robmey feels that Grandpa is 'entitled" Worded hard all his life and paid into the system that Robmey is having issue with. Pretty darned rude of Robmey, since everyone I know is part of that 47%.

    September 18, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. Basky72

    The 47% are people my friend, and we ain't voting for you

    September 18, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  8. "Oust the House", vote a straight Dem ticket in 2012!

    Just read the Carny presser and he pretty much skewered Mr 1%!

    September 18, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. Ancient Texan

    Mitt tells the TRUTH and the libs go ballistic , then start celebrating. This is something we won't hear from Obama; the truth is not in him. We've known all along that 47 to 49% of the population would vote Obama in return for the freebies.

    September 18, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Who are the 47%?
    Mostly White people living in Red states.
    But don't tell Romney that.
    Hell, as far as Romney is concerned if you're NOT a multi-millionaire you're part of the other 52% that he doesn't give two craps about.
    Obama 2012. Seriously America.

    September 18, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  11. Ancient Texan

    THomas-Just curious....which branch of service did Obama serve in? or Clinton?

    September 18, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  12. Malory Archer

    I know four: my elderly mom who worked hard her entire life and is now retired; my in-laws who worked hard their entire lives and are now retired, and; my neice's fiance, a navy seaman who is stationed in the mideast. Why does mittens hate my elderly relatives and my future nephew who is risking his life?

    September 18, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  13. Facts don't Lie

    I too wonder if Romney himself might be part of the so-called 47%.....guess we won't know. But let's face it you normally don't pay income tax if you don't have taxable income and the far right always uses this scare argument for their base and others that have the vision of people that are poor or those on the dole as overweight minority women that watch soap operas all day and wait for their monthly check. I know for a fact many people who are considered low income work more than one job to make ends meet. And even kids that buy candy pay some sort of tax...we ALL pay some sort of tax from clothes to gasoline to houses to medicare to soc security.

    September 18, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. Malory Archer

    Ancient texan, you really should take a reading comprehension class, or at least LISTEN to mittens' comments. He accused ALL OBAMA VOTERS of being on the government dole, and YOU perpetuated that lie by parroting the same thing. If the 47% who pay no taxes ALL voted for President Obama, he'd win with 70 – 80 percent of the votes cast.

    September 18, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  15. Woman In California

    The 47% are the ones who he will never apologize to and the ones who will gladly support our president in November against this angry, greedy, self-serving bigot.

    September 18, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  16. truth hurts

    OK people... how many people know somebody or have known somebody that has gamed the system?!

    How many people do you know that have filed for unemployment that never looked for a job, for as long as 2.5 years?

    How many people do you know that have claimed a disability for such nonsense as anxiety, ADD, depression, etc? Some as young as in their twenties? These people will be on the government dole for 50-70 YEARS!

    How many people do you know that are collecting government assistance (SS, disability, unemployment) and still work under the table?

    How many people know somebody that has gotten free government provided pills and then sold them?

    How many people do you know getting food stamps that truly don't need them?

    Wake up America... The system is RIGGED alright! It is RIGGED AGAINST THE TAX PAYER who ends up paying for all this FRAUD under the guise of compassion!!

    September 18, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  17. Rick McDaniel

    The BIGGER question, is how did 47% NOT have to pay ANY income taxes?????

    NO American should be paying zero taxes. Not even the poor!

    September 18, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    If you pass the Ryan Plan, which eliminates all capital gains taxes, then Mitt Romney will become one of the 47% that he disdains so much.

    September 18, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. Namecarol

    The citizens that pay no taxes are doing just what Romney is doing. Following the tax code, paying not one more cent than what is owed. What is wrong with that? Answer: nothing, according to Romney.

    September 18, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "If you pass the Ryan Plan, which eliminates all capital gains taxes, then Mitt Romney will become one of the 47% that he disdains so much.'

    WRONG, Rudy, WRONG. Mittens is ALREADY part of the 47% he disdains so much. Capital gains taxes ARE NOT income taxes. That is a FACT, abundantly clear and inarguably written into our tax code. MITTENS IS ALREADY PART OF THE 47% HE RIDICULED. The GOP/Teatrolls refuses to acknowledge that the majority of that 47% pays all other forms of taxes, including payroll taxes (which also are not the same as income taxes), so the capita gains taxes that Mittens pays SHOULD BE SIMILARLY DISREGARDED in order to analyze whether Mittens falls into the 47%. He already does...or at least comes within a hair's breadth of it.

    September 18, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  21. Name

    romney need to be disqualified.romney only think about millionaries like himself.
    also romney supporters, if the shoes FITS where it.

    September 18, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  22. EJ

    Why should half the population not pay taxes. Why do liberals and Democrats think that Mitt Romney is out of touch with America. How do you think he became successful? By WORKING HARD, no one gave him the money, he worked for it. Instead of complaining lets see if we can learn from him and make America the envy of the world.

    September 18, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  23. Ferret out the BS

    I'm interested in how Mittens justifies the Mormon philosophy called "Bleeding the Beast". It is a philosophy that says it is okay to drain the government of as much monies as possible to support the Mormons. Just askin? More stuff the gentiles don't always know about the Mormon faith. BTW I have worked all my life, retired once and am still working and I consider myself in the 47% he must have been referring too. The numbers and the atitude from the republican just don't make sense, they're just throwing crap against the wall to see what sticks and they're believing they're own propoganda. Lies, lies and more lies.....Throw the republican bums out of congress and don't let that smarmy slimeball Romney anywhere near the Whitehouse!!!!!

    September 18, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  24. Thomas

    @Ancient Texan
    THomas-Just curious....which branch of service did Obama serve in? or Clinton?

    Nether !
    And they both didn't have five sons who supported both wars in Afghanistan and Iraq , and who avoided voluntary military service .

    September 18, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  25. Name

    Citizens by birth or choice, of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of AMERICAN, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations. George Washington

    September 18, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
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