A growing number of Republican candidates deserve some credit. Either they’ve figured out that 47% of the population involves numbers too big to ignore at election time, or they realize that elected officials are actually put in office to represent the entire population. Whatever the case, prominent GOP-ers are quickly distancing themselves from Mitt Romney and the awkward truth-telling moment when he candidly said he isn’t concerned with 47% of the American public.
New Mexico’s governor isn’t currently running for office, having just assumed her post a year and a half ago. But when asked if she was offended by Romney’s dismissal of those he says are dependent on the government and wouldn’t vote Republican anyway, Governor Susana Martinez replied, “New Mexico has many people who are living at the poverty level and their votes count just as much as anyone else.”
Linda McMahon, the former wrestling executive who is running for Senator in Connecticut, promptly made it known that she doesn’t agree with Romney’s point of view. “I know that the vast majority of those who rely on government are not in that situation because they want to be. People today are struggling because the government has failed to keep America competitive…”
Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts, in a tight race with Democrat Elizabeth Warren that has suddenly swung in her favor, cannot afford to alienate voters. “That’s not the way I view the world,” he said. “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.”
Well, gee. Who is willing to defend the Republican nominee for President? Perhaps his vice-president, Paul Ryan, is the man for the job. Ryan tried to clarify Romney’s position by joining him in criticizing dependency on the government, but he ended up declaring that his boss’ statements were ‘inelegant’ and inarticulate. Asked during an interview with a New Hampshire station whether he agreed with Romney’s remarks, he simply answered, “No.”
If your vice-president has difficulty standing up for you, where is your campaign headed, Mitt? Maybe it’s time to start practicing a new campaign song: “One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do.” Or does that sound too much like being a victim?