Romney's '47%' – Washington's tax break obsession to blame
September 18th, 2012
08:50 AM ET
9 years ago

Romney's '47%' – Washington's tax break obsession to blame

New York (CNNMoney) - Mitt Romney's videotaped remarks made public this week point to at least one true fact: Nearly half of American taxpayers do indeed end up paying no federal income tax.

In footage taped with a hidden camera at a Romney fundraiser in May, the Republican presidential candidate describes the "47% of the people who will vote [for President Obama] no matter what." He says they are "dependent on government" and "believe they are victims." They "pay no income tax," he says.


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    He cleared the hurdle because the accusers life was threatened..... why was that not mentioned in the headline ??

    September 18, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  2. yasmine

    news flash to stiff biff....the irony is ...the majority of the 47% he is talking about are white, seniors, and mostly vote republican...

    September 18, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  3. breed11

    It's not like he's lying.

    September 18, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  4. Gurgyl

    This tax evader is so desperate, why doesn't he show TAXES for 12 years????? Where are your taxes, MR. BAIN-CAPITAL?????

    September 18, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  5. SafeJourney

    Mitt the twit said he made his remarks "off the cuff" Off the cuff means that is how Mitt Really feels about Americans.
    These comments from Mitt are just plain disgusting and insulting to Americans. Mitt is Not Presidential material

    September 18, 2012 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  6. Babyboomer

    I am currently not part of the 47% Mitt speaks of. I am however, working towards retirement in the next 4 or 5 years. Once I get there I will join the percentage of Americans who will not pay much in taxes. What Mitt fails to understand is, the majority of the 47% HAVE paid taxes during their working lives. They also paid into Social Security and Medicare with the understanding that when they retired, they would receive some of the benefits they've paid for over the past 40 plus years. I've paid my dues and I want my benefits. That doesn't make me or any of the 47% he's talking about victims, freeloaders, or any other labels he wants to place on us. Let's be clear, there are far more than 47% of the US population expecting to receive Social Security and Medicare when it's their time and rightly so. IS HE A FOOL OR WHAT???

    September 18, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  7. Gail

    I am the victim. I work, pay taxes and someone else gets my money. I am the middle class. I can barely afford my health insurance let alone pay for someone else's.

    September 18, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  8. GOPisGreedOverPeople

    You're done Romney!!!!!!! So show us your tax returns for the last 20 years!!!!!!! You are a criminal for not disclosing your off-shore accounts.

    September 18, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  9. Luke Brown

    Mitt: Hey, you really should get to know America. It's a great country.

    However, we have leared that when politicians realize that our country is more than just the rich and poor, when they realize we all have talents and something to give ... our country is stronger. If you get to be president you will realize that most of the people who fight and die for our country come from that 47% you despise so much. Check out the Vietnam memorial in DC ... those ain't the names of Harvard and Yale types. You see now? You had enough advantages in your life to be able to sit out Vietnam in France, no less. Your friend President GW Bush's daddy had money too.

    So in my opinion, you ought to grovelling to all those people in 47% and thanking them for saving your sorry butt.

    With kindest regards, a white, upper middle-class guy who i has had a job since he was was 11 years old and today is 61 years ol. PS ... yes I am proudly voting for our President.

    September 18, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  10. Squigman

    Heard the interview, listened as intently as humanly possible. Heard the rantings of a man unsure of his position, on any subject. Heard a man, explaining the position of the wealthy, the supposed people the republicans say they are shunning in favor of the middle class. Heard more, and more convoluted logic coming in an attempt to gain power for the republican party, as opposed to running the nation in a way that would be equitable for all. Just can not believe that this man would ever be considered presidential material. But really can not believe the American people would be hood winked into believing the republicans would ever care about anyone but the most wealthy among the populace.

    September 18, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    From the article:
    The No Tax Club includes some of the very rich - a few thousand a year usually. But the group of nonpayers is made up disproportionately of low- and lower-middle-income households.

    Indeed this club includes some of the very rich - Mitt Romney may or may not be included (we'll never know unless he releases a handful more of HIS tax returns). This is why Romney is running for President. Not to help the middle class (in fact, on the tape he admits he doesn't care about them) but to increase tax cuts for the very wealthy - himself included. As well as all those corporations are people too friends of his:

    Tax rate:
    2.4% GoogIe
    2.0% CarnivaI Cruises
    1.0% GoIdman
    0.0% JPM on $12 Billion Income (REFUND $1.4Billion)
    0.0% Exxon
    0.0% Bank of America
    0.0% WeIIs Fargo
    0.0% AT&T
    0.0% GE
    0.0% PhiIIip Morris
    0.0% BristoI Meyers
    0.0% PFlZER

    and so on and so on and so on.

    THESE are the folks Mitt Romney cares about. Unfortunately those outside of Obama's voting bracket ... those Republicans who are themselves included in Mitts condemnation ... will never understand that Mitt Romney is treating them with as equal condemnation as he is treating ALL who are (in his mind) within the same income rate as Democrats. Including the millions of Americans collecting their hand earned social security, Republican and Democrat alike.

    "If I told them what my plans are, they wouldn't vote for me" said Mitt Romney. Wake up America ... he is talking about ALL middle class and low income Americans regardless of party affiliation.

    September 18, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  12. Tony

    It is not unusual for Republicans to insult almost half of the country, but it takes a special kind of Republicans, Mitt Romney, to insult one of the few groups of people who still favors Republicans. Hey Mitt, do you know that 10.3% of all households do not pay income tax because they are retired and elderly?

    September 18, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  13. Big George in Big D

    What he says is the truth. The democRATS have long established that they gain votes by keeping people on the government dole. If it pi$$es you off, too bad. The democRATS are always yelling about the top wage earners need to pay more – this is exactly why. Too many do NOT pay taxes.

    September 18, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  14. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    Ya, like romney the tax cheat and lyin Ryan the bribe taker in his him state ,Ryan should be kicked out of office !!!

    September 18, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  15. n

    Good old Jeanne Sahadi to Romney's rescue working hard to spin and spin and spin, yet again as they try to gather all the lost sheep, who escape Mitt the twit last melt down, back into the Romney cage of lies. Strapping them yet again on the top of the rightwing campaign car.

    September 18, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  16. "Oust the House" in 2012, vote a straight Democratic ticket!

    Finally, we see the true Mormon Mitt and his disdain and disgust for the "working poor".

    Should he ever become POTUS, could debtor's prison be far behind?

    September 18, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  17. Donkey Party

    Wrong, they pay payroll taxes, as well as taxes on goods and services. With all of Willard Romneys loopholes and money hiding, it's possible Romney pays no taxes too. Let's see those tax returns, you serial lying jellyfish.

    September 18, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  18. Donkey Party

    If Romney insists on talking about taxes, America insists on seeing his tax returns.

    September 18, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  19. bb

    Truth hurts, 47% oblunders flunkies, wake up and get the campaginer and chief out. Oblunder is Inept and the world knows it. Mitt speaks the truth and i agree with him im sick of the leeches Oblunder has stuck to us.

    September 18, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |

    From the OMedia teams reactions, the truth hurts.., nothing like crying for others to pay their fair share will your paying nothing at all.

    September 18, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  21. RealPolitics

    Is this guy really serious! This is the guy that paid 13% on taxes of his 22 million he made last year on investments while ,who knows how long, has hid his money in the Cayman Islands and Swiss Banks accounts to avoid paying taxes and he wants to talk about this so-called 47% that does not pay taxes under Obama! Seriously, the debates have not even happened yet and you are giving Obama all he needs to knock you out in the first debate. Man Republicans really went for gold this election, more like fools gold. I am voting independent this year–Go Gary Johnson!

    September 18, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  22. John R Davis

    Trying to find the facts on food stamps.
    All info says there are 46 to 47 million people on food stamps which is only about 15% of the us population.
    This is a long way from the 47% Romney is using.

    September 18, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  23. Jim

    Maybe Romney doesn't like to pander to people, just the cold hard truth. Wake up people we are in trouble......

    September 18, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  24. myviewis

    Romney is absolutely correct and I heard him say that he wishes the video were shown in its entirety. So, let's see the whole video, Romney doesn't mind so who ever filmed this "secretly" show it.

    September 18, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  25. gt

    its the truth payers know with it....they are the solid democratic partys voter base........

    September 18, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
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