DOVER, N.H. — Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” comments at a closed-door fundraiser are drawing controversy on the national stage. But at a rally for GOP vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan (Wis.) Tuesday morning, some supporters said that Romney’s remarks where right on.
“The 47 percent — they’re not paying any taxes, so they don’t have any incentive to support him,” Jim Pacocha, a 70-year-old retiree from southern New Hampshire, said when asked about the remarks Romney made at a fundraiser in May.
“Once it gets past the tipping point, we’re going to be as bad as any European, socialist country,” he added.
Ron Duford, who is 69 and self-employed, did not comment specifically on Romney’s statements in the video, but said he thought the tape might have been revealed when it was because President Obama is coming under criticism for the attacks on U.S. diplomatic missions in the Middle East.
“The bulk of the media is definitely pro-Obama,” said Duford, who lives in Maine.
A woman who declined to give her name also said she supported Romney’s remarks.
“The 47 percent? That’s a fact, it’s true. … Forty-seven percent of Americans pay little to no taxes,” she said. “All he was saying is, ‘I can’t appeal to them by saying I’ll reduce your taxes.’”