Mitt Romney: Fake Working Class Hero
New York Mayor Bill De Blasio calls bullshit on Mitt Romney's plans to run as an anti-poverty Republican in 2016.
“Doing it in such a ham-handed manner in what appears to be a deathbed conversion is a strange way to suddenly come out of the box with it, and I find it disingenuous, and I think a lot of other people will too,” de Blasio told Politico in an interview over the weekend. “This is a guy who was pretty brazenly uninterested in addressing income inequality in 2012.” “It is very telling that a guy who’s trying to find his way back to political relevance will grab onto it,” de Blasio said.Mitt Romney positioning himself as a working class politico is hysterical. Does Romney really expect people to forget his famous 47 percent quote.
Romney: There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. 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. And I mean, the president starts off with 48, 49, 48—he starts off with a huge number. These are people who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn't connect. And he'll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich. I mean that's what they sell every four years. And so my job is not to worry about those people—I'll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. 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 depending upon in some cases emotion, whether they like the guy or not, what it looks like. I mean, when you ask those people…we do all these polls—I find it amazing—we poll all these people, see where you stand on the polls, but 45 percent of the people will go with a Republican, and 48 or 4…Romney can't call poor people freeloaders and then expect to be able to pander to them. It just isn't going ti work. In related news: Republican Rep. Charlie Dent (PA) tells MSNBC Romney will lose if he runs in 2016.