Mitt Romney defended his remarks made at a May fundraiser about 47 percent of Americans in an interview today, stressing that he felt those who wanted the government to redistribute income wouldn’t be inclined to vote for him.
“I’m talking about a perspective of individuals who I’m not likely to get to support me,” Romney told Fox News host Neil Cavuto. “I recognize that those people who are not paying income tax are going to say 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 on government, and those that think 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.”
Romney also addressed the fact that some of those who do not pay income tax are seniors or in the military.
“Of course, you’re right there are a number of retirees, members of the military, and so forth who are not paying taxes, and that’s as it should be,” he said. “But I do believe that we should have enough jobs and enough take-home pay such that people have the privilege of higher incomes that allow them to be paying taxes. I think people would like to be paying taxes.”
“So many people have fallen into poverty that they’re not paying taxes, they have to rely on government, and the right course to help them is not just to have government handing out, but instead, government helping people to get back to good jobs,” he added.
Romney stressed his support among senior citizens, saying at one point, “A lot of seniors pay income tax. And a lot of seniors don’t like the idea that Medicare got cut $716 billion.”
Romney did talk about how a return to the Founding Fathers’ vision would benefit all Americans.
“100 percent of Americans, in my view, will do much better if we have a government that lives by the model established by the Founding Fathers, and that was one based upon freedom and opportunity,” he said.