47 Percent: Independents Give Up on Romney After Silly Remark

Oh Mitt Romney, you’ve gone and done it again. You think you know about 47% of the American population but you don't. In a video unveiled by Mother Jones, Romney describes his real opinions about the American population.

“There are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47% who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what …These are people who pay no income tax.” (emphasis added)


Well Mitt Romney, I sure thought that part of being a human was to have food, housing, and if possible a job and even better yet, a job that provides health care.

Mitt Romney proceeds to go on further "[M]y job is is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."

That’s good to know, you are not going to worry about 47% of us who might vote for you if you provide substantial and adequate reasons why we should elect you.

I don’t know if that makes your red flags flare up, but it sure does to mine. I am not fond of a presidential candidate who does not care about 47% of Americans and claims that we are mindless drones who don’t pay taxes and take advantage of the government.

This video does not paint Romney is the best light, nor does it appeal to the independents who may lean towards him. Romney proceeds to explain that he must convince the, “five to six or seven percent that we have to bring onto our side — [the ones that] … voted for Barack Obama four years ago.”

In an election where key states swing states, such as Florida and Ohio, may determine the election, Romney needs to focus on those Independents. This statement about the “greatest gift you can have: which is to get born in America," may not appeal to the Hispanic crowd in Florida which is leaning more towards the left. Hopefully his statements about 47% of the population do not plague the independents that Romney needs to focus on.

Romney will have to do some damage control after the leak of this video. Some people view Mitt Romney as impersonal already and now this video will not help dissuade that image. As I have said before, Mitt Romney will need to appeal to the mass audience and put himself in a more favorable light in order to receive the votes of the independents.

Hopefully Romney and even Obama will stop focusing on bashing each other and actually try and convince Americans why we should vote for them. Hopefully these upcoming debates will provide us with answers.

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Michelle Adams

Currently serving as an AmeriCorps member at the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness with the Campaign to End Homelessness program, Michelle is passionate about ending homelessness. She graduated with a B.A. in Communication and a specialization in public relations and a minor in sexuality and conflict/management from Michigan State University. Her interests lie in writing about culture, sexuality/gender and homelessness. Offline she enjoys quoting How I Met Your Mother, volunteering, swinging at parks and stargazing.

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