Republican senators wrestle with Romney comments
September 19th, 2012
06:25 PM ET
11 years ago

Republican senators wrestle with Romney comments

Washington (CNN) - It is not a good sign when your high profile political allies have to spend their day explaining and clarifying what you said.

But that's what happened in conversation after conversation with Republican senators on Wednesday as they tried to verbally navigate their way through requests for reaction to Mitt Romney's secretly recorded comments writing off - and dismissing – 47% of Americans who will support President Barack Obama "no matter what."


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Senate Republicans
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  1. Marie MD

    Maybe somebody should have wrestled him to the ground (and cut his hair which looked a bit disheveled during that 10p impromptu useless press conference) during the primaries. Your list of candidates was beyond pathetic. You picked the "chosen one" and all he wants to do is run for president. He really doesn't want to be president because he is clueless about foreign policy, the economy, the middle class, the poor, seniors, the military, poor children, you know that 47% who are leeches.
    Now they dug up a PUBLIC speech the President gave 14 years ago where he mentions the word "redistribution" and are trying to compare it to the twit's PRIVATE comments to his kind about the leeches in the US.
    The birther movement didnt, work. Calling the President a nazi (look in the mirror), socialist, communist and other adjectives that I refuse to say didn't work in 2008 and it's not going to work in 2012. The voter suppression is being clipped in the bud by courts. Even in PA where a rep said that they had sealed a win for the twit!

    September 19, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  2. xfiler93

    Liberals and missing "edits." Sort of like goes together does it not?

    September 19, 2012 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  3. Larry in Houston

    this is truly amazing. If Romney (the moderate) doesn't win this election, what is the GOP going to do in 2016 ? Makes you wonder if the GOP party will still be in existence. LOL WoW !
    Personally, I think it will still be a very close election, just hope the supreme court dosen't decide it, like they did when they gave it to Dubya, instead of Gore. ( even though Gore had 400 or 500 more votes in the sunshine state)
    Vote Democrat – 2012 ( for the "working" middle class, what's left of us)

    September 19, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    GOP is gone to dogs, my friend.

    September 19, 2012 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  5. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Why are they wrestling? Mitt just said what he believes and probably most other Republicans believe. Many, many people in the US are worth their distain. If they don't vote the way you want, they're not worth anything. Shameful. So much for representative democracy, helping ones fellow man, or even being Christian....

    September 19, 2012 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  6. GonzoinHouston

    I'm not a Romney fan, but I'll cut him a small amount of slack here. I don't think he was revealing his true feelings. I think he was just pandering to a room of rich, right-wing snobs who have nothing but contempt for anyone making under 7 figures. My reason for this is Romney's record of flip-flops. He's said so many things on so many issues that I don't think anyone really knows how he really feels.

    September 19, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  7. granny

    Those senators need to get out of the "beltway", into fly over country and see that Romneys remarks are painfully true. Also see how all those entitlements are mis-used constantly. Ordinary working class are fed up with the in your face attitude of the recievers, that get dental and optical, susrgerys that the working class cant afford. Yea come on out and check it out.

    September 19, 2012 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    They're running like rats from a sinking ship.

    They want to keep as much distance as possible, because ryan/romney are proven liars.

    September 19, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  9. jm

    They had better wrestle with there conscious for supporting the Romney – Ryan l"Lie to America" tour!

    September 19, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  10. Independent jim

    they believe what Romney said ..they just pretend they dont

    September 19, 2012 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  11. Former Republican, now an Independent

    It's very simple. Either you condemn the statement or you agree with it. I'm tired of these republicans trying to hide what they really think about the majority of Americans. The current day republican party believes that only executives should have healthcare and retirement benefit plans. People who work for a living should make minimum wage, have to pay for their health insurance out of pocket and if they have anything left, save for retirement, because they want to take the social security money the workers paid for and use it for debt reduction.

    September 19, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  12. Bob

    The GOP is so far right....and out of even mainstream GOP thought...that each new vista into what Romney et al really think....rightfully scares the hell out of normal people.

    September 19, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  13. JRamaswamy

    When there is doubt that you have nothing interesting or intelligent to say, it is better not to open your mouth and clear the doubt!

    September 19, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  14. Larry L

    Romney doesn't represent the middle class. It's that simple. As a disabled vet with a 34-year military career I'm just another parasite to Mitt Romney. I don't even own a dressage horse... what a loser...

    September 19, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  15. Rob-me and Lyin' Ryan

    Six months from now nobody will remember Romney's name.

    September 19, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  16. Fact

    His allies are fully aware of the situation and are realizing that they cannot follow him.

    September 19, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  17. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    "Jump ship!" is what a lot of people are thinking.

    September 19, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  18. Fact

    I wonder what Fox News thinks of Gov. Romney's 47% comment? Certainly some of their viewership are in the 47% and how would his comments how affect Fox New's ratings?

    September 19, 2012 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  19. Ed1

    He just told the truth but closer to 40% don't pay they scam the government the other 7% shouldn't have to.

    September 19, 2012 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  20. Thomas

    If they do wrestle , I hope they wear masks like they do in Mexico .

    "Stand by your man" or "I'm a looser" is the song for the day !

    September 19, 2012 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  21. ropers49

    Any bets on who will say the liberal media is driving this issue, but if I remember right the media was not labeled as liberal when Obama made his fopaw when he was talking to the President of the Soviet Union.

    September 19, 2012 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  22. otermbachmann

    Stupid can't fix stupid.

    September 20, 2012 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  23. NameCaroline Bubb

    Mitt is calling a spade a spade. Get up and live, life is a gift from God.

    September 20, 2012 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  24. Deb in MT

    Republican senators "wrestle with Romney comments" = Republican senators scurry away like cockroaches from Romney comments. FIFY

    September 20, 2012 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  25. robj

    We all tell our kids to be honest, but why we are so afraid of truth?
    obama and clinton are both big liars.
    would you like to have a better economy, a job to take care of yourself or to live on government hand out.
    obama has proved that the only thing he can do is to borrow money and to hand out free money to anyone who apply for, but there is no such thing like free money.
    you want to sell out your children and grand children generations so you can live now? That is what obama doing now and that is easy to understand because he is a HUSSEIN. History has taught us that not many hussein really like us at all.

    September 20, 2012 04:49 am at 4:49 am |
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