Romney on ’47 percent’ comment: We were ‘talking about a campaign’

September 18, 2012

Addressing a May fundraiser during which he said that 47 percent of the electorate believes “that they are victims” and will vote for President Obama “no matter what,” Mitt Romney told Fox News on Tuesday afternoon that he was “talking about a campaign” in which he hopes to get more than 50 percent of the vote.

“We were of course talking about a campaign and how he was going to get close to half the vote, I am going to get half the vote, approximately. I hope I am going to get 50.1 percent or more,” Romney said.

Romney also said at the fundraiser, video of which was reported Monday by Mother Jones magazine, that 47 percent of Americans pay no income tax, “so our message of low taxes doesn't connect.”

“I am talking about a perspective of individuals who I am not likely to get the support of,” Romney told Fox. “I recognize that those people who are not paying income tax are going to say, gosh, this provision that Mitt keeps talking about – lowering income taxes – that’s not going to be real attractive to them.”

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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Sean Sullivan · September 18, 2012