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Haslam on Romney’s ’47 Percent’ Remark: Government Should ‘Care About Everyone’

by Andrea Zelinski on September 19, 2012

Gov. Bill Haslam may be firmly in Mitt Romney’s corner, but he said he disagrees with the GOP presidential candidate’s comment about how 47 percent of Americans are dependent on government and therefore, would probably not vote for him.

“I think he made a statement about, ‘Hey, it might be hard to win some folks’ votes,’” Haslam told reporters after a groundbreaking ceremony in Nashville Wednesday.

“I think our responsibility in government obviously is to care about everyone. I’ll say this: There’s videos of a lot of candidates. You had President Obama say when he was running, ‘There’s just people who just cling to guns and God,’ and I think he’d go back and say, ‘That’s not quite what I meant by that.’”

Haslam added that the comments were likely part of the Romney team’s “political calculus” in terms of where he has the best chance to win votes.

Romney in his 47 percent remark was referencing the share of Americans who do not pay income tax, a stat that has been widely confirmed. Romney acknowledged he could have made his point more elegantly after a furor erupted over the statement.

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