Mitt Romney needs the ‘47%’ of Americans he disparaged to win election

Originally posted on National Post | News:

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney isn’t backing down from a hidden-camera video that shows him disparaging nearly half the nation’s voters.

But it was clear on Tuesday that he has a lot more explaining to do if he wants to win over the broad swath of voters whose support he will need to oust Democrat Barack Obama from the White House in the November 6 election.

While Obama’s Democrats have focused on the growing divide between the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans and the other 99 percent, Romney gave voice to a split that has preoccupied conservatives during the past year: the 53 percent who pay federal income taxes and the 47 percent who do not.

In the videotaped remarks at a $50,000-a-plate fundraiser in Florida in May – brought to light on Monday by the liberal magazine Mother Jones – Romney equated the second group with those…

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