Political spin and damage control is expected in politics, so when Romney responded to his comment that nearly half of Americans think they are "victims" by simply saying the comments were ‘‘not elegantly stated", many were surprised.
During a news conference held to address the release of a video in which Romney said 47 percent of Americans "believe that they are victims, who believe the 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", Romney did not deny the comments. Instead he simply said the comments were made during a question-and-answer session, they were "not elegantly stated" and that they showed his campaign's ‘‘focus on the people in the middle."
Although reporters gave Romney several opportunities to back off the comments or elaborate on what would have been a more "elegant" way of saying things, Romney responded by saying he was talking about the "political process of drawing people into my own campaign", and went on to say "It's a message which I am going to carry and continue to carry." When asked if he really believed that nearly half of Americans feel they are "victims" and if his comments represented his "core convictions," Romney turned and walked away.
A New York Magazine article say Romney's comments "reveal something vital about Romney, and they disqualify his claim to the presidency." The article goes on to say: "It seems unavoidable now to conclude that Romney’s embrace of Paul Ryanism is born of actual contempt for the looters and moochers, a class war on behalf of his own class."
Josh Barro, a reporter with Bloomberg.com, says in his article Today, Mitt Romney Lost the Election, that Romney already has trouble relating to the public and convincing people he cares about them. These comments, according to Barro, are "an utter disaster for Romney."
A Digital Journal article stated Romney has defined median income as between $200,000 to $250,000 despite the the U.S. Census Bureau showing the median household income as $50,054. According to a Slate income calculator, it would take Romney a little more then 20 hours to make the median household income, which may further the debate that Romney is extremely out of touch with the majority of Americans.
Claims that Romney is out of touch with the average American is not the only thing he has had to battle. Romney has been battered by claims from the Obama campaign that his tax plan would raise taxes on the middle class, something Romney has vigorously denied. His comments however seem to suggest that he believes middle and low income Americans don't pay any taxes and should begin to pay their fair share.
When Romney visited New Orleans after Hurricane Isaac, he spoke with Jodie Chiarello, a New Orleans resident who had just lost her home in Isaac’s flooding. Chiarello relayed what Romney told her during their talk: “He just told me to, um, there’s assistance out there. He said, go home and call 211.” 211 is a public service number offered in many states.
Romney is not just receiving intense criticism for what some have deemed as insensitive comments and for not having a grasp of what the majority of Americans deal with on a daily basis. In a statement issued after the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi Romney said "It’s disgraceful that the Obama Administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.”
Columnist Peggy Noonan said she didn't feel Romney had been doing himself "any favors" in addressing the attacks. The Washington Post reported that no Republican leader criticized President Obama on Wednesday.
When the Obama campaign saw a spike in the polls after the national conventions, Romney tried to point out the differences between himself and Obama. This latest revelation in the form of "secret" video has not only pointed out the sharp contrast between the two campaigns, it may have sealed Romney's fate and his political coffin along with it.
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