Two GOP Senate candidates condemn Romney's 47% comments
September 18th, 2012
06:04 PM ET
10 years ago

Two GOP Senate candidates condemn Romney's 47% comments

(CNN) - Two Republican Senate candidates from blue states condemned Tuesday the newly revealed remarks by Mitt Romney who claimed that 47% of the country believes they are victims, dependent on the government for food, housing, and health care.

Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts and Linda McMahon of Connecticut, both in tight election battles that could determine which party controls the Senate, sought to distance themselves from Romney's controversial remarks brought to light in a secretly recorded video of a closed-door May fundraiser published Monday.

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"That's not the way I view the world," Brown said in a statement released by his campaign. "As someone who grew up in tough circumstances, I know that being on public assistance is not a spot that anyone wants to be in. Too many people today who want to work are being forced into public assistance for lack of jobs."

"I disagree with Governor Romney's insinuation that 47% of Americans believe they are victims who must depend on the government for their care," McMahon said in a statement posted on her website. "I know that the vast majority of those who rely on government are not in that situation because they want to be. People today are struggling because the government has failed to keep America competitive, failed to support job creators, and failed to get our economy back on track."

McMahon, who is now wealthy, recounted how she and her husband Vince McMahon struggled financially when they were younger.

"I am sympathetic to the struggles millions of Americans are going through because I've been there," she said. "As a young couple Vince and I lost our home and our car. With two small children it was not an easy time for our family."

Filed under: 2012 • Linda McMahon • Mitt Romney • Scott Brown
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Name

    The hand that feeds brown caused too few jobs. He will say anything to get more power. Just like the rest of his craven cons. Good thing everybody's catching on to this bunch of layers cheaters and thieves.

    September 18, 2012 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  2. 1608

    tell them what want to hear. everything goes.

    September 18, 2012 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  3. 1608

    they. sory bout dat. you like that don't you?

    September 18, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  4. jake in Omaha

    Damage control. Romney is sinking fast can't even keep his party hacks with him.

    September 18, 2012 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  5. Pete

    McMahon,Brown are both struggling against competent Democrates,both are behind in their respective state races.They have to alienate against Romney or face a most certain defeat just on associated party affiliations,they don't want any more trouble than they can bargain with.Romney is a leper and does spell trouble because he's arrogent ,wealthy and doesn't have to answer to anyone,that's apparent with this latest of gaffs that should almost kill his political campaign,if not it will definitly slow him down!!

    September 18, 2012 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    Well, Brown wants to keep his job, and McMahon depended on those Red-State trailer trash to make her and her husband billionaires: has anyone told them yet that wrasslin' is fake? Of course they will claim they get it: their supporters are also limited by the Bigfoot hotline to one call per day, and they still don't believe the President was born on this planet, much less in the US. A pickup truck and choreographed, misogynistic violence don't give you credibility in the real world any more than a dressage horse. Pathetic.

    September 18, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  7. plain&simple

    People in Romney's own party want the flip flopper to do it now.....and he's doubling down to show the tea party how he's one of them....willing to stand strong!!!! What a misguided idiot !!!!

    September 18, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  8. Marie MD

    The rats leaving the sinking ship. Plate face lying altar boy is lucky he can still run for his rep office which he really shouldn't win either.

    September 18, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    These are people who are trying to win seats. It isn't a surprise that they are distancing themselves from Romney.

    September 18, 2012 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  10. 200 TON HAMMER

    Thats code for romney loseing

    September 18, 2012 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  11. Michael

    Repuglicans are the liars! They cry for 4 years where are the jobs Mr President! But, voted against or fillibusterd or cried against every jobs bill President Obama presented them! These repuglicans extemist obstructionist, who are king of the fillibuster and "DOING NOTHING," for 4 years, but trying to make sure President Obama is a one term President! This despite of our countries woes economically, joblessness, housing, long and short term fiscal deficits! If this is "patriotism and love of country give me socialism!" Repuglicans are like a terror extremist group who goes after the weak, defenseless, using religion as a incendiary prop for its platform justification and ideology! American people and the media is at fault for this malarchy!

    September 18, 2012 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  12. John Oboho

    They are just trying to save thier skins,the Romney mentality rubs off on them.Now,what did they say,when Romney said he will "repeal and replace" obamacare for the 47%,eventhough they probably knew he was going to replace it Ryan 'vouchercare'?They were for him,they can't duck now that the hidden truth is out.

    September 19, 2012 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  13. aaron

    I'm not surprised that Brown condemned the comments. Despite being a Repub, he's not a bad guy at all. It is surprisingly that borderline fascist McMahon condemned them though.

    September 19, 2012 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  14. ProfPalefuddy

    Brown you need to get out of town. You have used the Ryan Plan as part of your policy, and you know you have said you support the raising of taxes on the middle class and poor and not on the top income earners. You as bad as Romney and Ryan... and should not be in the Congress.

    September 19, 2012 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  15. DENNA

    LOL Running away like rats off a sinking ship, in case the good ship GOP. Keep up the good work Mittens. Oh, where is that information on what YOU would do to invigorate the economy. Go ahead and release it. I dare you.

    September 19, 2012 05:47 am at 5:47 am |
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