Brown Distances Himself From Romney's Comments

Brown reportedly said Romney's comments are at odds with his own view of the world.

In the firestorm ignited over GOP Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney, Sen. Scott Brown is voicing his disagreement with the former Massachusetts governor. 

Romney made national headlines when a video was leaked of him at a fundraiser telling donors that that 47 percent of Americans are dependent on the government, feel entitled and will never vote for him.

Brown reportedly told The Hill -- a publication that reports about Congress -- that Romney's comments don't reflect his beliefs.

"That’s not the way I view the world," Brown is quoted as writing in an email. "As someone who grew up in tough circumstances, I know that being on public assistance is not a spot that anyone wants to be in. Too many people today who want to work are being forced into public assistance for lack of jobs."

Brown is in a tight race for his Senate seat with Democrat Elizabeth Warren. Brown has distanced himself from many conservative views of various Republicans.

When Congressman and Senate candidate Todd Akin made comments about rape victims this summer, Brown -- a pro-choice senator -- was the first senator to speak out against Akin and call on him to drop out of the race.

What do you think about Scott Brown's distancing himself from Mitt Romney's comments about the 47 percent of Americans who do not pay taxes, mostly because they are retired or the working poor? Let us know in the comments section.

Barb Nahoumi September 20, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Social Security is not public assistance or an entitlement. We pay for it form the social security tax deducted from our paychecks.
steve auerbach September 20, 2012 at 02:38 PM
His comments are those of a buffoon, pandering to those who like to scapegoat people in need and ignoring the huge sums that he and other rich folks save on their taxes because the tax code benefits them above all.
MillicentBroderick September 20, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Here is the breakdown of the 47%. 28.3% pay payroll taxes - but earn so little they do not pay income tax, 10.3% are the elderly, 6.9% are non elderly with income under $20K, 1% = others. This means 18.1% of households pay neither federal income tax nor the federal payroll tax. Of those, over half consist of retired, elderly Americans. And most of the rest are working poor who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit, which is a Republican policy that gives tax breaks to low-income workers in lieu of higher minimum wage. Federal taxes aren't the only kind of taxes. There are various state and local taxes, like property tax and sales tax. The notion that large swaths of Americans are unfairly mooching off government is just not true. (This information comes from the Tax Policy Center and found on the New York Times "The Agenda" Tumblr.)
Casey Meserve September 20, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Thanks Millicent, great information.


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