Celebrity News: Obama chatted about the 47% with Eddie Vedder in Florida yesterday
Florida News: Obama talks about the 47 per cent while campaigning in Florida
President Obama once again spent the day trying to capture more of the Florida vote. Much of his time in Miami and Tampa yesterday was spent discussing the “47%” remark made by Obama’s opponent, Mitt Romney.
Remarks about the “47 per cent”
In secretly taped remarks, Republican candidate Mitt Romney suggested that the 47 per cent of voters supporting Obama represent those Americans who do not pay income taxes. He declared that these are the Americans “who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them.”
To that, Obama suggested that Romney, “hasn’t gotten around a lot if he believes that 47 per cent of Americans consider themselves victims and entitled to government help.”
Eddie Vedder comments on the 47 per cent remark
Yesterday evening, at a $20,000-per-head fundraising event with 85 of Obama’s most wealthy supporters, Pearl Jam star Eddie Vedder said that he was once among the 47 per cent of those Americans who do not pay federal income taxes. He said he benefited from a government-funded job training program. Vedder said, “It was a job that allowed me to keep affording guitars and microphones. For me it all began with that ability to get the proper training for a decent job.” In regards to Romney’s remarks, Vedder said, “It’s very upsetting to hear a presidential candidate be so easily dismissive of such an enormous amount of the population.
Obama remarked that the Pearl Jam star’s story captures what the campaign is about and “what this country is about.”
Earlier in the day at the Meet the Candidates forum at the University of Miami, Obama told the crowd that he doesn’t want America’s children to think that half of the country is locked out of success. The President said, “I want everybody to be successful. Black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, able or disabled, and I want everybody to have a chance to success.” Obama added, “That’s what we’re fighting for in this election.”
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