Republican Candidate Pulls a Romney: ‘Half the Population’ Happy Living Off of Someone Else
A Colorado candidate for governor raised some eyebrows as he channeled Mitt Romney’s infamous 47 percent speech, saying that half of the country is living off the other half of the country.
“I see something that frankly doesn’t surprise me, having been on [the House] Ways and Means Committee: 47 percent of all Americans pay no federal income tax,” former Republican Congressman Bob Beauprez said at a Rotary Club speech event. “I’m guessing that most of you in this room are not that 47 percent, God bless you. But what that tells me is that we’ve got almost half the population perfectly happy that somebody else is paying the bill, and of that half is you all.”
State Democratic Party chair Rick Palacio slammed Beauprez’s comments in the Denver Post, saying his statements don’t mesh with his campaign’s message of “unity.”
“If he’s talking about unity, this is a funny way to show unity with Coloradans,” Palacio said. “He must be talking about unity with other Republicans, because he didn’t say anything about anybody else.”
Beauprez’s campaign manager, Dustin Olson, defended the comments on Wednesday, saying, “I don’t see why it would be controversial to want more people to prosper. We should be focused on building up our economy so more people have jobs and prosper. It is a sad state of affairs when people are in an economic situation where they are not able to pay federal income tax.”
Earlier this year, Beauprez caught heat after a video surfaced of him saying that President Obama “was not born in America, he is not an American” and saying his birth certificate is an “absolute fraud.”