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article imageOp-Ed: Romney stands up to media on comments

By Larry Clifton     Sep 18, 2012 in Politics
Washington - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has decided not to fall victim to an unfriendly media that, to many, behaves like a public relations arm of the Obama campaign.
Romney says he will not apologize for saying President Obama's base supporters are "reliant on government," and "believe they are victims," according to a Newsday report.
The liberal media has ran hundreds of negative stories on Romney, and have clung to this one, perhaps thinking that most Americans would find his remarks offensive. Some more liberal media outlets seem obsessed and infuriated that Romney won't back down.
However polls don’t reflect that sentiment. Some have Romney closing in on Obama just outside the margin of error.
Romney made the remarks Monday not knowing the microphone was still hot and it was posted online by liberal magazine Mother Jones.
"It's not elegantly stated; let me put it that way. I was speaking off the cuff in response to a question," Romney said, adding he wants to help "all Americans."
Instead of backing away, Romney added: "It's a message which I am going to carry and continue to carry, which is that the president's approach is attractive to people who are not paying taxes because frankly my discussion about lowering taxes isn't as attractive to them. Therefore I'm not likely to draw them into my campaign as effectively as those in the middle."
While Romney may not have had the percentage exactly right, the country is drowning in debt with trillion-plus deficits as far as the eye can see and about 47-percent of Americans pay no federal income taxes while many more get cash refunds on taxes never paid.
Meanwhile, the U.S. deficit surpassed $16 trillion last month during the Democrat National Convention in Charlotte.
However, Democrats seized on the tape, and they and their allies in the media claimed and implied it showed the GOP candidate was out of touch. The Obama campaign slammed the comments Monday, calling them "shocking."
But poverty has increased sharply in the U.S. under Mr. Obama’s administration and unemployment has remained above 8 percent as the middle class shrinks.
Now, many Americans and pundits are criticizing and questioning the president’s ability to manage foreign affairs as U.S. embassy are raided and burned in the Middle East.
The Afghanistan War has turned very deadly for U.S. troops, who are being killed by Afghan “insiders” at an alarming rate. The U.S. recently lost eight jet fighter planes in Afghanistan, more than at any time since the Vietnam War.
The Obama administration claims the recent attack on the Libya Embassy was the result of a spontaneous demonstration gone awry. Meanwhile, Libya’s president and intelligence sources say it was a planned coordinated attack that saw the U.S. Ambassador and his staff murdered.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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