Romney Spoke Differently About the Middle Class at Fundraisers Earlier in the Evening
A May 18th report in the TCPalm, a Florida newspaper about the Florida Gold Coast and beaches, quoted Palm Beach County Republican Chair Sid Dinerstein’s response to a question about what Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney said at the fundraiser that occurred hours before a second fundraiser where a recently surfaced video shows Romney falsely claiming that 47% of the country are Obama supporters who didn’t pay taxes and are dependent and feeling entitled to government services(see above).
The facts are that only nine percent of households pay no payroll or income taxes and are not retired. What remains are largely the very poor, people serving in the military who are exempt from taxes and children receiving school lunches.
The other thirty eight percent that Romney accused of being dependent’s include individuals receiving Medicare, Medicaid, Railroad Retirement pay and Social Security.
Nevertheless, Politifact claimed the statement was true. Factcheck did a better job than they did with their Clinton factchecking. However, other organizations did better including the Huffington Post. Daily Beast and The Center for Tax Policy. Also, most people who don’t pay taxes are in Republican states and many do vote Republican. Also, most of the statistics Romney and others cited refer to households and not people.
TCPalm quoted Sid Dinerstein who said
“He specifically said he wasn’t worried about the crowd at the fundraiser who could afford being there. He was focused on rebuilding the middle class,” Dinerstein said when recalling Romney’s remarks at the country club."
According to TCPalm, the first fundraiser was a relatively low-budget affair where people were charged $2,500 for admission and $10,000 for a picture with the Presidential candidate. Later that evening, Romney attended a closed-dinner with tickets costing $50,000-a-plate and that is where Romney’s comments were recorded (see above). There are varying reports in the press about how many people attended the fundraiser (from 30-150).
According to Wayne K. Roustan from the Sun-Sentinel.
“In Boca Raton, Romney focused on the familiar themes of job creation, the economy and a $15.7 trillion national debt, areas where he feels Obama is vulnerable.
Romney pointed to his decisive Florida primary victory; indicated that the Obama campaign would likely raise more money than his campaign so he needed the financial support of the audience; and received his biggest cheers when portraying himself as someone with hands-on experience in the workforce who understood the needs of the American people.
Romney hailed America’s work ethic, optimism, patriotism, family foundations and inventiveness, citing eBay, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter as examples of the new economy as “Made in the USA.”
“He really ad libbed a lot,” Re said. “He’s loosening up so much more each time I see him.”
Unlike during his primary campaigning, the Secret Service now shadows Romney. Police briefly closed roadways as Romney’s motorcade traveled between Palm Beach International Airport and his Boca Raton fundraisers."
So far, the only person known to have attended the fundraiser is Marc Leder, a playboy Sun Partners Venture capitalist currently under investigation for tax evasion with a history of wild partying. Mitt Romney was an early investor in Sun Partners. According to the Miami Herald, Leder contributed about $177,500 to groups supporting Romney. Most experts believe the fallout from the video will hurt Romney’s campaign more than he gained from the ten million in donations he received during his two-day fund raising tour of Florida.
Mother Jones broke the story and has a chart to determine who Romney defines as being a government dependent.
by Todd Miller
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