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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Romney’s ‘ 47 Percent Slur’ Reverberates On Social Media

Here are some Tweets blasted out in response to GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s comments at a private fundraiser that 47 percent of Americans are dependent upon government and pay no income tax.

From Garrett Nolan of Roanoke, Virginia:

Jonah Peretti of BuzzFeed compared Romney’s remarks to Barack Obama’s comments in 2008 at a private fundraiser:

Former Obama adviser David Axelrod also weighed in:

Stu Burguiere, who writes for the Glenn Beck program Tweeted:

Nicholas Kristof started a Twitter hashtag #Romneyencore responding to Romney’s comments. You can read those Tweets here.

We also got reaction on our Facebook page:

James DuPont writes:

You can quibble over the percentage [but] the truth is there are more people in America now than ever before who have been raised to believe they are not responsible for themselves whatsoever…if I were to cite a major difference between the two major parties this would be it: one panders to, enables, encourages, and enlists those who see anyone but themselves as being responsible for their status in life, the other is the refuge of those who have persevered and risen to the challenge of life, warts and all.

Lindsay Chance disagrees, she writes

Just confirmed the judgemental elitist attitude I thought he had. No surprise here.

But Susan Clark wonders why we’re talking about Romney’s gaffe any way

Is this not another example of wag the dog…..so much wrong is going on that this is what is being focused on?

What do you think about Mitt Romney’s remarks? Tell us in the comments section, on Twitter @hereandnow and @hereandnowrobin or on our Facebook page.

Guest:

  • Alex Fitzpatrick, covers the presidential campaigns and social media for the social media site Mashable

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