The Obama re-election campaign is wasting no time to capitalize on Mitt Romney’s controversial comments that characterized 47% of voters as government-dependent “victims…who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, you name it.”

The Obama/Biden just released an ad on YouTube that responds to Romney’s comments. The commercial features interviews with people on the street who are seeing video of Romney’s comments for the first time.

Colorlines.com’s economic justice blogger Imara Jones says Romney’s 47% comments have everything to do with race:

Many thought that Romney’s choice of Ryan was a calculated move to satisfy the fringe right. It now seems that it was made as a result of his own beliefs. Ryan’s muse, Ayn Rand, argued that Native Americans should be dispossessed of their property because they’d failed to produce a capitalist society on their own.

Romney’s private remarks were made in May, just before he launched a summer of economic race-baiting in an attempt to cleave white women from President Obama. Picking up Reagan’s successful racial code on welfare, Romney hoped to stoke economic resentment amongst whites to get votes. But the video lays bare the contempt that he has for them as well. Romney doesn’t seem to think that working class whites deserve help either.

Visit Jones’ “Mitt Romney’s ‘47 Percent’ Remarks Have Everything To Do With Race” story to read more analysis.

Read this online at http://colorlines.com/archives/2012/09/obama_campaign_releases_ad_targeting_romneys_47_percent_remarks.html


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