September 18th, 2012
10:30 PM ET
8 years ago

King: For Romney, how bad is this?

Washington (CNN) - First Mitt Romney makes two references to 47 percent. Then he suggests President Barack Obama "starts off with 48, 49."

"These are people who pay no income tax," Romney said at a May fund-raising event that was secretly recorded and is now at the center of a campaign controversy.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
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  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    "They say timing is everything in politics. The timing for Romney here is horrible. He needs to be making his case about tomorrow's economy, not trying to explain away things he said months ago."

    Mitt Romney might also begin to explain why he suggested Iran "plant bombs" in, say ... Chicago ... as a method to "get our attention" should be considered ... well, funny ... at a Mitt Romney fundraiser. I listened to the entire tape, and yes, that is exactly what he said, CNN.

    This man is very dangerous. Very, very dangerous.

    September 18, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  2. Louden Swain

    It's true... Freeloaders need to get off their butts.

    September 18, 2012 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |

    “Mitt Romney's Mom says George Romney was on Welfare as a child.

    Lenore LaFount Romney, talking about how his father George was on welfare relief after he was a refugee from Mexico.

    Mitt Romney’s father was on welfare relief, and then he went on to make a great career for himself. His son is lying about welfare relief, and making ugly nods regarding the racial makeup of welfare recipients. In fact, just last night, the Romney campaign sent me an email doubling down on their welfare to work lie and begging for money.

    September 18, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  4. Cheryl Lynne Oropal

    Hopefully his comment will help him to self-destruct by first tuesday in November! Barack Obama, naturally, has a great talking point come the first debate! Beautiful Romulus! you have proved yourself to be the " lucky charm" you truly are! I being one of those " parasites" collecting social security disability; which will not even pay my rent + utilities come november when my " rapid re-housing" grant for the homeless subsidy expires!

    September 18, 2012 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  5. LIP

    Finally, someone willing to tell the truth about Obama and the Democrats. They know that 48% of the people are in the bag for the Democrats because they are being supported by the Democrats...bought and paid for.

    September 18, 2012 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  6. Jill C

    I have always enjoyed John King's reporting, but his comment tonight about his family having to accept food stamps really touched me. Thank you for sharing that, Mr. King. I know it must have been difficult to share.

    September 18, 2012 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  7. The Elephant in the Room

    We don`t trust him. He can not win.

    He needs to release 10 years of state and federal income tax returns & secretive, OFF-ShORE bank account records now. The tax question will resurface when his 2011 taxes become LEGALLY due.

    If he has manipulated his rate this year for it to be higher, it will raise questions about the past. If his rate remains steady Taround 13%]. he will be crucified for paying lower rates than secretaries & firemen and people will want to see if, over the past decade, he has ever paid his fair share. Especially since he is deriding the "47%".

    September 19, 2012 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  8. Thomas

    Bad for Romney , good for the free world !

    September 19, 2012 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  9. Pippa

    King Kong you take your opinions, based on your oh so flexible polls...too seriously.

    September 19, 2012 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  10. J.V.Hodgson

    If you like the point Romney totally misses is that there are 2 sets of 47 % ers 1 is the Republican minority in the 2008 PRESIDENTIAL elections AND THEN IF YOU LIKE THE 47 % OF " SPONGERS, " victims," people I dont care about democrats ( thanks) because they will never vote for me.... now thats a real killer! You can never take that back as an aspiring President.
    You are my dear sir supposed to do everything within you powers that is in the best interests of, for, and by the people, ( err thats all of us) thats real democracy not just take care of those that vote for you and ignore or castigate the rest.
    Have you forgotten that Amricans are internationally per capita the largest charity givers in the world. Thats a fundamental characteristic as well as the American dream belief. You give plenty no one disagrees.
    You just lost it man as far as Mr. average USA is concerned you landed into an achieved American dream and made more success, yes well done, but you have no understanding of what I want from a President and have repeatedly gaffed in that respect by my standards.

    September 19, 2012 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  11. barry

    You want free stuff vote Obama. If you want a job and better life for your family vote Romney. It's that simple.

    September 19, 2012 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  12. Larry L

    A President can't have open distain for 47% of Americans. Independent voters are running towards President Obama now that they've seen another revealing look at Romney's vision if leadership. He only plans to represent those who've already made it – and not work to level the playing field so everybody has a chance.

    September 19, 2012 02:31 am at 2:31 am |
  13. DENNA

    His statements may have resonated with his audience, but it won't play well when people realize that number includes retirees, government workers, students with loans, etc. I can't wait to hear his economic plan. Will it save him or be anorther nail in his well-heel coffin?

    September 19, 2012 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  14. Marie MD

    When Noonan says that you remind him of nixon, you know you are in trouble (I have been saying that your smirky smile hides something wrong with you). Joe Scarborough has been against you for the past two weeks. brown and mcmahon are stayinig as far as way from you as if you had the plague.
    The only ones sticking with you ar ethe ones who have wasted millions of dollars on your failed campaign, the fat radio boy and faux news but I have to give them credit they did come after you just a litie bit.

    September 19, 2012 06:36 am at 6:36 am |

    Na na na na na na hi mitt good bye. You people.

    September 19, 2012 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  16. GI Joe

    Ryan/Romney ----- Lying to stay in practice.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    September 19, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |