Partisan field day: Reid, Durbin on Romney remarks
September 19th, 2012
12:09 PM ET
2 years ago

Partisan field day: Reid, Durbin on Romney remarks

(CNN) – Senate Democrats hurried to the floor Wednesday to comment on Mitt Romney's controversial secretly recorded fund-raiser comments, among them Majority Leader Harry Reid who claimed that Romney "only wants to be president of half of the United States."

The video of the Republican nominee at a private, high-dollar fund-raiser in May posted Monday and Tuesday by the liberal news website Mother Jones went viral over Romney's comments claiming that nearly half of the population would automatically vote for President Obama because they are dependent on the government, among other controversial remarks.

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"For months I believed Mitt Romney wanted to be president of all the United States. This week we learned Mitt Romney only wants to be president of half of the United States," said Reid addressing the Senate floor. "If Mitt Romney were president, he wouldn't waste time worrying about the 47% of Americans who he believes are victims, who Romney believes aren't willing to take personal responsibility and those are his words, Madam President, not mine."

Reid also used the video to continue his barrage of attacks on Romney for not releasing more years of tax returns suggesting again that Romney had paid no taxes during some years.

"For all we know, Mitt Romney could be one of those who has paid no federal income tax," said Reid.

Majority Whip Sen. Dick Durbin also commented on the video ticking off several of Romney's previous gaffes this election cycle.

"It is no surprise when you look back to those other unguarded moments in things that he said in the course of the campaign," said Durbin. "We remember the highlights: 'Corporations are people my friend,' he said. 'I like being able to fire people,' he said. 'I am not concerned about the very poor,' Romney said. 'I am also unemployed,' Romney said."

Durbin continued: "'Ann drives a couple Cadillacs,' Romney said. 'Ten thousand bucks, ten thousand dollar bet,' he said. 'I have some great friends that are NASCAR team owners,' he said."

CNN's Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Dick Durbin • Harry Reid • Senate Democrats
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. judy

    swing away boys. Romney has no idea what it takes to run a campaign let alone a country. Debats should be a laugh a minute with this turkey. Nation calls mittens an ATM with hair. about right don't you think Forward

    September 19, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  2. Ancient Texan

    It's time for the Romney campaign to unveil all the Obama gaffes and his highly partisan statements that show his true intentions for the nation and his contempt for anyone that doesn't agree with him.

    September 19, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  3. truth hurts

    Majority Leader Harry Reid who claimed that Romney "only wants to be president of half of the United States."
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    Obama only wants to be President for those he can offer government goodies to at the expense of those evil rich people. He is now on record as supporting wealth redistribution, aka socialism. So he doesn't believe that if you made it, it is yours. He believes that after a certian point, if HE believes you have enough, if you make it, it is the government's to take and redistriubute because the government has now declared a limit to what you can have, while others have less.

    Welcome to the America of Obama....

    September 19, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. G-nO-P

    I am stocking up on popcorn for the debates .... Romney may want to bring a shower cap ... after Obama Mops the floor with his "KEN DOLL" hair, I'm sure Romney will looks a little dis-sheveled" ... But the real queston burning on everyones lips is why is everyone else a lEACh for taking child credit and mortgage tax breaks that inevitably leaving them paying zero in taxes .. But when Romney takes advantage of giant corporate loopholes to bring his tax rate to ZERO , then he's somehow a 'sharp capitalist .... Hey Mittens !!!! WHERES YOUR TAXES ?????????????????????????????????

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

    Thomas
    ""Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country." Inspiring words spoken by John F Kennedy, a Democrat in 1961."
    Good words by a good, non-recession era, President.
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    Not true. I read an old newspaper I found about Kennedy lowering taxes to help the economy! If Kennedy was alive today he'd wouldn't be a Democrat or certainly would never get elected as one. He would say that a "progressive" Democrat looked too much like the guy that just took over Cuba.

    September 19, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  6. ST

    Most of the leaders I know or knew, chooses their words carefully all the time and tries very hard not to offend anyone. This lacks in Romney and pauses a great concern of what kind of a leader he can be!

    September 19, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  7. Ann

    LD

    Mitts mother and father were on welfare when they returned to the U.S from Mexico. That makes his own parents part of the 47%.
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    yes, and nobody intends to insult those who are on welfare at the beginning of their lives in the US - many immigrants are going through the welfare phase for a couple of months. But they are determined to work hard and if there are real opportunities in the society, they succeed. This is how America was built and this is the main reason immigrants still want to come to America. Immigrants don't come here for welfare you stupid! You insult them if you believe it. Romney knows it and is telling you that it is not government dependency but opportunity you should wish for.

    September 19, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  8. Terry

    Ann, that's NOT what Romney said. It's what he said he meant. What he said was that 47% feel they are victims and are dependent on government. His very words. Now, is that what he meant? Who knows? But the recording says it all. As for this story, I'm appalled at how both parties use the legislative chambers for political bashing. Politics is what you do to get into those chambers, but should NEVER be used there. Those hallowed halls should be for goverrning and governing alone!

    September 19, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. truth hurts

    After another another 4 years of Obama and the Democrats wrecking the country and economy, that 47% will be 60% and we'll be Greece. Obama will have succeeded in "fundamentally transforming" this country as we know it.

    I know if I were one of those evil rich people I would be making plans to pack up and go where I was welcome and appreciated. There are a LOT of nice places to live now and many of them in other countries.

    Who will pay all the country's bills then???? I guess the lefties haven't thought that far down the road.

    September 19, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    truth hurts – wrote:

    Not true. I read an old newspaper I found about Kennedy lowering taxes to help the economy!.....
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    Reagan raised taxes 18 times. Reagan said that a bus driver shouldn't have to pay a higher tax rate than a millionaire. The point is that you raise and lower taxes as the need demands, not as the Norquist demands.

    September 19, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    truth hurts

    After another another 4 years of Obama and the Democrats wrecking the country and economy, that 47% will be 60% and we'll be Greece. Obama will have succeeded in "fundamentally transforming" this country as we know it.
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    Many of those people paying no federal income taxes are part of the "work for welfare" program. It was designed that way by Republicans, and Democrats agreed to do it.

    September 19, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  12. Thomas

    "Not true. I read an old newspaper I found about Kennedy lowering taxes to help the economy! If Kennedy was alive today he'd wouldn't be a Democrat or certainly would never get elected as one."

    Actually, i stand corrected there was indeed a recession in 1961. He did a lot of different things, but his plans weren't obstructed. He provided a stimulus, he put through a jobs act and he didn't believe that paying off the deficit during the middle of a recovery was important and he was supported! His stimulus was an unprecedented 100 billion.

    September 19, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  13. Surfer George

    Ann wrote:
    "FACT: 47% of Americans don't pay federal taxes. Do you get it? that's what Romney said. Since many of these people benefit of government support, it is likely they will vote Obama. Don't you think it's accurate? Romney never said he will not care about them as president, he just doesn't count on them to vote for him."

    NO MANY of the 47% are retirees, for instance, collecting on the Social Security they paid in to. That income is not taxable. MANY of those are/WERE highly likely to vote for the white guy if he doesn't beat himself to death.

    September 19, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  14. Mike

    here's the republican version of "redistribution": the middle class pays more in taxes to the wealthy don't have to. Part of Romney's 47% who depend on government: the wealthy (so they pay less while we pay more); retired or injured military personell; career poloticians of which Romney is one.

    September 19, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  15. Donkey Party

    One of the regular right-wing village idiots wants to compare us to Greece, which is in the position it's in due to austerity measures.

    Anybody want to take a guess at which party wants to impose severe austerity measures on us?

    September 19, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
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