Romney's '47 percent' comment tops Yale list of year's most memorable quotes

  • Article by: JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 9, 2012 - 5:50 PM
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hjlazniDec. 9, 1210:42 AM

The key quote was Romney's comment that he will not fund Big Bird and Sesame Street. This did not go over well with millenials who showed up to vote in 2012 after taking 2010 off.

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dentesterDec. 9, 1211:10 AM

Romney was wrong. It's 50%.

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localguyDec. 9, 1211:40 AM

It was the enormity of writing off almost half of the country that made the quote so powerful. When you're in the 1%, the rest of us look like ants. I'm sure that he would have been less candid if he realized that he was being recorded.

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breezybobDec. 9, 1211:41 AM

Wake up folks. We need a third party, and maybe a fourth. The current system is a sham.

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Cory089Dec. 9, 1212:05 PM

What is truly revealing is that the film had been on Youtube since May, but didn't make any news until Mother Jones clipped the question that prompted the response (meaning his statement was taken out of context). If you look at the full quote in context, you realize that Romney was basically being polite to the contributor, but disagreeing with the thing he was asking. But when the democrats and media decided to run with it, the 5-month-old quote became big news.

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greg62Dec. 9, 12 1:02 PM

Romney was right. I think there are more people in the wagon now than pulling it, and they are voting for their own self interests instead of what is best for America. Too bad the left has brought us to this point, Benjamin Franklin warned us about this.

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martyrobDec. 9, 12 1:10 PM

Let's get real, people. Who cares about what some LIBRARIAN thinks are the top quotes. Just because this person is an employee of Yale doesn't make this credible. Clearly the StarTribune is trash. The paper is bias in its coverage, and it's pretty evident as this article demonstrates. Way to pick up on something SO news-worthy. What an embarrassment.

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bgmach3Dec. 9, 12 2:51 PM

People like Mitt Romney and probably most of our congress men and women are clueless as to what it's like to decide whether or not you can afford to fill your vehicle up with gas (if you have one) or just put in $20 worth. Well over half of our congress men and women are millionaires and yes on both "sides" which I really am learning to despise the two party or more system. How about the American side party and what's best for America instead of "ME"? And unfortunately Mitt is one of millions that think the supposed 47% are just sitting back and schemeing on how to get more free money. Yes, there are those that do, way too many but the reality is this country doesn't have room for the average working person anymore. And not only do a good number of the top 1 or 2% think this of the 47% but so do a very large number of citizens that LOVE to slam their neighbors when they fall into hard times. And again I would love to open a web page called "Cafe Crow". One that would allow those that were so scornful at the beginning of our realestate depression and near economic depression which it was a full scale depression for many to maybe say, "Oops I spoke a little to soon, even I as an educated, hardworking person lost my home" or even worse. Our country is or was on a path of destruction. Was this heading because of lazy peoply, no. It was the direct result of unregulated greed on wallstreet and our corrupt banking system. Lobbyists literally walking the halls of congress with open check books and information. Of course they couldn't come up to our representives on a cold call they had to be "asked" what a particular business or corporation was doing in the near future. And these supposed public servants are guilty on both sides of making illegal stock transactions with information not available to the general public. What happened to the new law that was enacted to slow this thievery down? It was passed into law but nothing has changed. It still goes on.

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theagonybhoDec. 9, 12 3:09 PM

This past election woke me up to fact theres more takers than givers, i fully expect the Democrats to be in power for awhile.

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workforit1Dec. 9, 12 3:34 PM

What about Obama saying "I guess those shovel ready jobs, weren't shovel ready"? I guess we dont want to talk about that. Also, what about Joe Biden asking the guy in the wheelchair to standup? These are the bright people running this country? God help us. The problem with Mitt Romney is that he is a good man, good husband, good man of faith. Obviously America gets what it deserves, so good luck with Obama and Soros!

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