Obama brings up 47 percent at very end

October 16, 2012

The last question came from Barry Green, who asked the candidates to debunk a myth about themselves.

Romney replied, “I want to help the American people. … I've sat across the table from people who were out of work. …As governor of my state I was able to get 100 percent of my people insured. I was also able to get our schools ranked number one so 100 percent of our kids could have a bright future. … We don’t have to settle for 23 million people struggling to find a good job.”

The last two minutes belonged to Obama.

“I believe the free-enterprise system is the greatest system of prosperity the world has ever known. I also believe that everybody should have a fair shot and everybody should do their fair share," the president said. "That is part of what’s at stake in this election. I believe that Governor Romney is a good man who loves his family. I also believe that when he said behind closed doors that 47 percent of people in this country consider themselves victims and refuse to take responsibility, he meant it. "Think about who he is talking about.”

Krissah Thompson began writing for The Washington Post in 2001. She has been a business reporter, covered presidential campaigns and written about civil rights and race. More recently, she has covered the first lady's office, politics and culture.
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