“All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that 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.”
Mitt got the 47% number from a study that says that percent of American pay no income tax and while he is oversimplifying by saying those people won’t be voting for him, the just of his argument is correct. Mitt is saying that there is a percentage of Americans who are going to vote for Obama no mater what. Mitt’s “gaffe” is speaking the unvarnished truth. I like a politician who speaks the truth, even if it’s painful. His stock just went up in my book.
“He insulted all those 47%” some Obama supporter yells out.
He did nothing of the sort. While I think he overstated the amount of people who are going to vote for Obama no matter what. It’s more like 40%. All he said was that there is a percent that are unreachable and he needs to focus on those who might change their mind. Here are Mitt’s own words, just a few seconds later:
“What I have to do is convince the 5 to 10 percent in the center that are independents that are thoughtful, that look at voting one way or the other..”
Mitt is saying he will focus of that percentage of American’s who were swayed in 2008, by the thought of voting for the first black president, who thought that Obama’s Hope and Change message sounded good, or those who just could not stomach voting for someone of the same party currently in power.
Mitt has written off the vote of a certain segment of the population, just as Obama has done the same. Obama is in Colorado more than he is in his own bed in the White House. Why? Because the electoral votes in Colorado are up for grabs. Romney is matching him visit for visit. It’s the same for Florida and Ohio. These are the states where enough voters could be swayed to give the state to one side or another. That’s just the numbers game both sides have to play.
This election will be won by trying to convince those who are not heavily ideological, that Obama is still in way over his head. Mitt is speaking to those people who in their hearts believed that Obama’s 2008 message was correct. That he was not just another politician. That Obama would make all the difference. Now they ask “Has he?”
Mitt is trying to reach those people who thought that Obama would bring to peace to the Middle East with his hand of friendship. Obama naively wanted and still wants to show