Game, Set, Match! It’s Over for Romney and RyanPosted: October 2, 2012
Are you watching Rachel Maddow?
She just interviewed Huffington Post’s Ryan Grim, who got hold of some tape of Paul Ryan saying much the same kinds of things as Mitt Romney said in his secretly recorded speech to high dollar donors in Florida. Grim writes:
Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, share a similarly dim view of a very large portion of Americans, according to previously unreported remarks by Ryan. Both believe that many of their fellow citizens are dependent on government and have no motivation to improve their lives — but they disagree over the precise number.
Romney’s estimate, famously, is 47 percent. For Ryan, it’s 30 percent.
“Seventy percent of Americans want the American dream. They believe in the American idea. Only 30 percent want the welfare state,” Ryan said. “Before too long, we could become a society where the net majority of Americans are takers, not makers.” (It’s not definitively clear whether Ryan said “the welfare state” or “their welfare state.” HuffPost originally transcribed it as “their welfare state.” Regardless, the comment was made in reference to people on government assistance.)
Ryan’s comments were delivered as part of his keynote address at The American Spectator’s 2011 Robert L. Bartley Gala Dinner, which the magazine posted online. A reader tipped HuffPost to Ryan’s speech, given in November — six months before Romney’s videotaped remarks.
Grim said that these videos have been available for some time, but no one drew attention to them. Someone passed them to Grim, and he just got around to watching them over the weekend, and he has posted he following video. There are more coming, he says.