Does Joe Carvin Agree With Mitt Romney About “47%?”


Carvin Spokesman: “There’s Truth” to Romney’s Attacks on 
Low-Income Senior Citizens, Students, Working Families


Lowey for Congress today called on Joe Carvin to condemn remarks made by Mitt Romney that 47% of Americans “believe that they are victims” and will never “take personal responsibility and care for their lives,” as Carvin’s spokesman argued “there’s truth” to Romney’s remarks.


“Mitt Romney’s comments showed clearly the disdain with which he views nearly half of the American public,” said campaign manager Henry de Koninck.  “Joe Carvin owes it to voters to explain whether he agrees with his spokesman, that there is truth to Governor Romney’s outrageous attack.”

Mitt Romney told donors that 47 percent of Americans will vote for President Obama because they are people “…who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name-it.”

“My job is not to worry about those people,” Romney continued.  “I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”


“It is inexcusable to suggest that low-income senior citizens, students, and working families see themselves as ‘entitled,’ as ‘victims,’ and do not take personal responsibility and care for their lives,” said de Koninck.  "Congresswoman Lowey believes government has an important role in making it a little easier for Americans to get ahead, whether that's through tax credits for college tuition, Social Security and Medicare seniors paid into, or temporary unemployment benefits after losing a job in a tough economy."


In a column published by Newsday today, Carvin spokesman Bill O’Reilly said, “…there’s truth to what Romney said—and it deserves sober discussion.”  O’Reilly also suggested that the majority of Americans will become the beneficiaries of the minority, tilting the country “quickly and irretrievably toward socialism.”


Romney’s comments have been condemned publicly by Republican Senate candidates in Connecticut and Massachusetts, but not by Joe Carvin.



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  • Stephanie Hausner

    Councilwoman, Town of Clarkstown

    As a young woman and an elected official, I cannot overstate how vital Congresswoman Lowey’s leadership is for Rockland County. Not only is a she a leader on protecting woman’s healthcare options and fighting for student loan debt relief, but her role as a key leader on the Appropriations committee makes her a tremendous advocate for our communities. She is one of the strongest supporters of Israel in the US Congress and ensures vital foreign aid to Israel, and support for the Iron Dome missile defense system.

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