Obama Defends Supporters, B Sides of Romney Tapes, Meet The 47 Percent, Virginia is for Outliers? (PM Note)

Sep 18, 2012 6:59pm

Obama to Letterman on Romney’s 47 Percent - “There are not a lot of people out there who think they are victims”- http://abcn.ws/QY4YsO

Romney, by the way, said in that fundraiser videos that he thinks Letterman doesn’t like him.

Debasement Tapes  - While the Obama campaign was in overdrive with videos and tweets focusing on the leaked tapes, Mitt Romney laid low for most of the day as Mother Jones released nearly complete portioned videos of the Mitt Romney fundraiser videos.

The full story is here. http://abcn.ws/PoIFev

Romney, after a fundraiser and giving some grandkids a tour of his plane,  emerged in public on Fox News at 4 p.m. He pointed to an old recording of Barack Obama seeming to endorse “redistribution.” And he was asked if he was calling people “moochers.”

CAVUTO: Now you said that your wording might have been inelegant, but others have said that you’ve just kissed half the electorate goodbye this election year. That you all but called them moochers. Did you?

ROMNEY: No I’m talking about a perspective of individuals who I’m not likely to get to support me. I recognize that those people who are not paying income tax are saying gosh this provision that Mitt keeps talking about, lowering income taxes, that’s not going to be real attractive to them and those that are dependent upon government and those that think that government’s job is to redistribute I’m not going to get them. I know there’s a divide in the country about that view. I know that some believe that government should take from some and give to the others. I think the president makes it clear in the tape that was released today that that’s what we believes. I think that’s an entirely foreign concept. I believe America was built on the principle of government caring for those in need but getting out of the way and allowing free people to pursue their dreams, free people pursuing free enterprises is the only way we’ll create a strong and growing middle class and the only way we’ll help people out of poverty.

Our Favorite Open Mic / Hidden Camera Moments – Obama and Medvedev in particular http://abcn.ws/S21QOC  (Amy Bingham)

Meet Mitt’s 47 Percent: - People who don’t pay income tax – many are low income, although there are some millionaires in there too. Many are elderly. Some are disabled. A good chunk rely on the government for health care. Far fewer rely on the government for housing or food (although record numbers of Americans receive food stamps). More than 30 percent of them voted for John McCain.
http://abcn.ws/PPQ5ZZ

Romney’s ’47 Percent’ vs. Obama’s ‘Guns and Religion’ Moment  - http://abcn.ws/RrBGj0 (Mary Bruce)

Romney Draws Support from Some Conservatives, Distance from Candidates – Scott Brown and Linda McMahon in particular –  http://abcn.ws/UlnZXx  (Hartfield)

Obama on Redistribution Circa 1998 – Diverting, Romney and Drudge Pointed to a 1998 Obama speech to Loyola University, a portion of which was posted on Youtube where Obama says he does believe in redistribution. – http://abcn.ws/OXF45P

’98 Obama – “And my suggestion, I guess, would be that the trick — and this is one of the few areas where I think there are technical issues that have to be dealt with as opposed to just political issues — I think the trick is figuring out how do we structure government systems that pool resources and hence facilitate some redistribution,” he said, “because I actually believe in redistribution, at least at a certain level, to make sure everybody’s got a shot.” The Romney campaign signaled that it plans to make the comments a focal point of its messaging in the coming days.

POLL – NBC News/WSJ poll: Obama 50, Romney 45 in LVs

Obama’s Support on Foreign Policy Dropped 5 Pts in a Week (Embassies), per a new NBC poll out tonight – http://nbcnews.to/OXy5Kk

Other interesting notes – A 7 point jump in the percentage of people who think the country is better off under his stewardship. But at 38 percent, they’re still outnumbered by the people who think it is worse off – 41.

Virginia is for Outliers? – A Washington Post poll shows Obama with a 7 point lead in Virginia – 52-44 – http://wapo.st/Obdk28

Jon Stewart, Bill O’Reilly to Debatehttp://abcn.ws/Qz8Qyp

Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Still in Court Less Than 2 Months Before Election – Today, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered a lower court to determine whether voters in Pennsylvania will be able to get ID’s — under the Commonwealth’s controversial voter ID law — in time for the next election. http://abcn.ws/S3kFRz  (Ariane de Vogue)

Mitt Romney’s 47 Percent: Who Does Not Pay Income Taxes? – Mitt Romney gave up on winning support from nearly half of the American electorate in May, telling wealthy supporters at a private fundraiser that he could not hope to win the votes of the 47 percent of Americans who, he said, do not pay federal income taxes. http://abcn.ws/PPQ5ZZ  (Amy Bingham)

Eastwood on RNC Invite: “If Somebody’s Dumb Enough to Ask Me…” - While promoting his new movie “Trouble With the Curve,” Clint Eastwood continues to field questions about his  ”invisible Obama” skit at this year’s Republican National Convention, telling Extra Monday, “I figure if somebody’s dumb enough to ask me to go to a political convention and say something, they’re gonna have to take what they get.” http://abcn.ws/SykTv4 (Kyle Blaine)

WH Responds to Romney Videos: President Represents All People – Reacting  to Mitt Romney’s secretly taped comments in which he said 47 percent of  voters believe “they are victims” and would cast their ballots for President Obama “no matter what,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today said,  ”When you’re president of the United States, you are president of all the people, not just the people who voted for you.” http://abcn.ws/Px5tIO  (Mary Bruce)

Romney ‘Focused,’ Post Video Leak, Adviser Says – A senior adviser to Mitt Romney said today that the candidate is staying “very focused and determined” after the leaked videos that suggested the candidate believes 47 percent of Americans are getting an undeserved free ride. http://abcn.ws/PotphA  (Emily Friedman)

Biden: Romney’s Words ‘Speak For Themselves’ – Vice President Joe Biden had little to say Tuesday about the recently surfaced videos which show GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney saying 47 percent of the country will vote for President Obama because they believe they are “victims” and are “dependent upon government.” When asked by reporters what he thought about the video and comments, Biden said, “I’ll let his words speak for themselves.” http://abcn.ws/S5PzHZ

Paul Ryan Says Election Not Just Obama Referendum – Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan said that he and Mitt Romney owe the American people “an alternative to vote for” with specific ideas and solutions, rather than making the election only a referendum on President Obama’s job performance. http://abcn.ws/QlvYCM (John Parkinson)

Paul Ryan Says Election Not Obama Referendum – Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan said that he and Mitt Romney owe the American people “an alternative to vote for” with specific ideas and solutions, rather than making the election only a referendum on President Obama’s job performance. http://abcn.ws/QlvYCM  (John Parkinson)

Pro-Obama Super PAC Ads to Use Romney Secret Videos – As expected, the now-infamous videos of Mitt Romney speaking at a private fundraiser won’t go away anytime soon: In fact, voters in battleground states will see them on TV. http://abcn.ws/PPoUhZ (Chris Good)

Editorial Cartooning in the Obama Era - http://abcn.ws/Rq6EZ2

Sen. Orrin Hatch Could Die In Office, Rival Says - Sen. Orrin Hatch’s Democratic opponent Scott Howell is trying a unique attack line in his race against the state’s senior senator: telling voters Hatch could die during his next term. http://abcn.ws/PnXfmp (Elizabeth Hartfield)

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