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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

 4:29 PM 

Wis Dems knock Romney on '47 percent' comments

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and state Dem Chair Mike Tate today knocked Mitt Romney for his comments that 47 percent of Americans are dependent upon government and believe they are “victims.”

The Dems charged the comments show Romney lacks the judgment to be president and has a disdain for seniors, working families, students, people with disabilities and soldiers in combat zones who don’t pay federal taxes.

“He paints this picture that he’s entitled to have lower taxes, but somehow working people in this country should be paying higher taxes. He and the people who are closest to him view the vast majority of people in America as not worthy to them,” Barrett said. “Where it comes from, I don’t know. But it certainly is a patronizing and insulting attitude.”

The conference call was one of several events the Obama campaign coordinated around the country to criticize Romney for the comments from a spring fundraiser that were recorded and made public yesterday.

Romney defended the remarks late last night and today, and the campaign issued a statement from communications director Gail Gitcho in response to the Dem events.

"Mitt Romney wants to help all Americans struggling in the Obama economy,” Gitcho said. “As the governor has made clear all year, he is concerned about the growing number of people who are dependent on the federal government, including the record number of people who are on food stamps, nearly one in six Americans in poverty, and the 23 million Americans who are struggling to find work. Mitt Romney's plan creates 12 million new jobs in four years, grows the economy and moves Americans off of government dependency and into jobs."

 -- By JR Ross


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