Hoyer: Romney comments help 'in every swing district in America'
September 19th, 2012
12:51 PM ET
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Hoyer: Romney comments help 'in every swing district in America'

Washington (CNN) - The number two House Democrat predicted Wednesday that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's comments at a closed door fundraiser would prove "helpful" to congressional Democrats and President Obama when voters go to the polls in November.

"It's got to help us in every swing district in America," House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer told reporters on Capitol Hill. Independent voters are "are looking to find a party that they believe cares about them and their interests and their future."

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The secretly recorded video of Romney speaking to donors in Florida in May–where he said Obama's supporters were "dependent upon the government" –has sparked a political firestorm since being leaked this week.

Hoyer said that the speech by Romney "shows disdain for people." He argued that as a result the "American people are getting a clearer and clearer picture that the Democratic Party is on their side and the Republican Party is not."

Asked about the impact of the comments, Hoyer said, "it's going to be helpful to our congressional races, to our Senate races and clearly to the presidential race so I think it's a positive."

Romney and other Republicans have attempted to shift the conversation to a tape of then Illinois state Senator Obama indicating in 1998 that he supported the "redistribution" of wealth in government.

Hoyer dismissed the Republican strategy as "not new," and said it wouldn't work. He pointing out that the GOP attempted to use the same argument in 1993 when Bill Clinton was President, and said the 1990s turned out to be "best economy in my lifetime."

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Steny Hoyer
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Andrew

    if so, it is because these people dont really understand who he is actually referring to. Many of the people defending him fall into the 47% who pay no income taxes. They aren't all democrats. Older voters on SS vote more for republicans, active military families, factory workers wh are laid off, etc..... It is just sad that people are so uninformed that he can throw a number out, claim they are all obama supporters and people believe it.

    September 19, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. HOLY TIGHTY WHITIES WILLARD

    Steny is absolutely correct. I don't think Willard realizes how damaging his comments were. We're taking the House back. Willard has said some real out of touch things. $10,000 bet, car garage elevator, corporations are people, etc.

    September 19, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  3. Nelson Colorado Springs Co

    Hold up House Democrat don't put the CART BEFORE THE HORSE???????. Romney was off the record He didn't all his SOCIAL SECURITY TAX ON ALL THE MONEY HE MADE. HIDE HIDE HIDE, RUN ROMNEY RUN SEE ROMNEY RUN

    September 19, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  4. Pete

    Mr.Hoyer how true,how true..These hypocrites called republicans are regretting his loose of brain matter because now he's further sticking his foot in his mouth trying to intelligently get out of it and quess what its not working is it!!But you know republicans,they're desperate for any helping hand,they've made deals with the devil before and this Mormon moron must be pay back from the devil himself!!

    September 19, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  5. dreucalypt

    Romney's comments are particularly damaging because the Republicans especially need the support of ordinary Joes, and Romney's comments reveal what he really thinks about them.

    September 19, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  6. B.

    I do not understand why Romney really wants to be the President of about half of the population..

    He has expressed real Contempt for almost half of the country! How does he win on that?

    The truth is that Romney wants to be the CEO of America to help all of his Special Interest wealthy supporters to have Their Way with Congress and the stacked Supreme Court.

    Romney is going to find out that America is Not For Sale to the highest bidder!

    As Biden said " Don’t bet against the American People", you will lose.

    September 19, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  7. truth hurts

    I wonder why CNN is keeping these threads open for comment but has shut down commentary on the thread about Obama's redistribution statement?? What's with that?!!

    September 19, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Hmmm... So do Mitt's kids have jobs? Are they in the 47% who he has distain for? They probably don't pay taxes either...

    September 19, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  9. Jan

    I hope this is true as there is no sane reason to re-elect people who have done ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to govern for the people who elected them to GOVERN NOT OBSTRUCT. They have been paid for the last 4 years (almost) and if it was possible ALL OF THEIR GOVERNMENT PAY NEEDS TO BE RETURNED.

    September 19, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. Jay

    How can Romney in all good conscience talk of people who fall below the federal tax threshold as being dependant upon Government on the one hand, and on the other proudly say that he has never paid less than 13% in taxes, (i.e. the absolute minimum required by the law) and squirrelling away fortunes in off shore accounts, and using assets such as an Olympic standard show-jumper as tax deductible expenditure thereby robbing the US of much needed tax dollars during a war time economy, as well as a global depression economy. Through his, and his cabal of donors avoidance of paying a fair rate of tax, they are personally short changing their country. It matters not one bit that the total figure of tax paid by Romney may run into the millions of dollars, what matters is the % he pays and it just cannot be the mark of a civilised, enlightened nation setting itself up as a democratic role model to nations around the world to have a person running for president pay 13% a year in tax while a secretary in one of his offices would be paying 25 or 30%.......is Romney and his cabal not dependant upon government allowing him to avoid paying taxes just as much as the person working 2 jobs while trying to support a family on an income that is low enough to allow him to receive tax credits / breaks........Christ, this man is truly delusional.......

    September 19, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  11. soylentgreen

    Stay above the hype, everyone. We're not stupid (only the 5% swing vote are truly stupid). We all know 2012 would be be the nastiest election year in memory, and we're getting it now. That is the only true promise that's been delivered by the Donkeys and Elephants this year.

    September 19, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  12. Uncle S.

    Romney's "47%" comment was not a gaffe. It reflects what Tea/Republicans really feel–that they are elitists and don't give a hoot about those not like them. They think it's their America only, not everyone's "of, by and for the people." In some places and times these types of folks are and were called fascists.

    September 19, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  13. NEVER to VOTE REPUBLICAN again

    Our greatest power is our VOTE!
    OBAMA 2012

    September 19, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  14. Hano

    Romney's comments will not help the Democrats. They only wish as they know that all they have is to try and deflect the reality of Obama's redistribution of wealth and his expansion of government dependence. Romney's comments pinned exactly the demise of the Obama regime. The demon-crats want only to deflect away from the $16T and climbing debt, the no-budget economic plan, the 15%+ out of work plan, their spineless foreign policy plan, their don't blame me its the other guys fault plan. The only people who believe this stuff and think it will benefit their democratic platform are the Obama crazed democrats. Everyone else has better sense.

    September 19, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  15. myviewis

    dreucalypt

    Romney's comments are particularly damaging because the Republicans especially need the support of ordinary Joes, and Romney's comments reveal what he really thinks about them.
    ------------------------------–

    The video has missing minutes, they say 1 or 2 minutes, but then it could be more missing minutes because conveniently the person filming removed those minutes. Just another dirty trick by Democrats to destroy a man's reputation and help Obama win.

    September 19, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  16. Hano

    Romney's comments will not help the Democrats. They only wish as they know that all they have is to try and deflect the reality of Obama's redistribution of wealth and his expansion of government dependence. Romney's comments pinned exactly the demise of the Obama regime. The demon-crats want only to deflect away from the $16T and climbing debt, the no-budget economic plan, the 15%+ out of work plan, their spineless foreign policy plan, their don't blame me it's the other guys fault plan. The only people who believe this stuff and think it will benefit their democratic platform are the Obama crazed democrats. Everyone else has better sense.

    September 19, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    Now now, Reid, Hoyer and Durbin, stop beating the dead Rafalca.

    September 19, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  18. women voting

    I am a women voting the the Dem state of MA. My vote will be for Romney, I am not catholic, I am pro choice, but the guy we have now has failed us in every way. I am middle class american who feels the government is getting way to big and way to many hand outs are being given and I am not talking about the people who have put into the system I am speaking about the people who keep taking and not putting in. I would like to know why CNN is being so bias in this election. I used to love turning to them for accurate news. Watching them is like watching CNBC. Are they owned by the same people? I think I am going to have to start watching Fox...

    September 19, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  19. Gurgyl

    Wise to suggest--old dude, you need to be very very careful what you say and what you do......till November 6th. Just talk less.

    September 19, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "They only wish as they know that all they have is to try and deflect the reality of Obama's redistribution of wealth and his expansion of government dependence."

    What don't you understand about the facts and data proving that the wealth in this country has been getting redistributed to the extremely wealthy for the past half century? THE NUMBERS DON'T LIE.

    September 19, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  21. vic , nashville ,tn

    @ My views
    Please come up with good and reasonable excuse

    The facts are
    Seniors build this nation GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney insulted their service

    Men and Women in uniform protecting this nation GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney insulted their service

    September 19, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  22. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Hoyer should Retire. Romney only spoke the Cold Hard Facts. And, like it or not it is still about the Economy. Something the democrats want to sweep under the rug. But each of have a vote in November. Good luck.

    September 19, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  23. ST

    I get difficulties to understand Romney. Wasn't he campaigning recently telling people to abandon the President and vote for him, while he knows he doesn't need them as per his insultingly comment.

    September 19, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  24. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Romney would not know a cold hard fact if it bit him in the butt. He is a lying panderer who makes republicans proud..

    September 19, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |