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Rep. Joe Walsh: ‘I know’ Romney was right about the 47 percent

By David Edwards
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 12:13 EDT
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Tea party-backed congressman Joe Walsh (R-IL), who is accused of failing to pay child support, recently said that Mitt Romney was right to insult 47 percent of Americans because “we have too many people in the wagon and not enough people pulling the wagon.”

In video published by Mother Jones last week, Mitt Romney had told wealthy donors that 47 percent the country were “dependent” on government and were going to vote for President Barack Obama.

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

During a campaign event on Saturday, a voter asked Walsh if there was anything wrong with the Republican presidential nominee’s remarks.

“He didn’t say it as probably exquisitely as he should have said it,” Walsh admitted.

“Because he was speaking the truth though,” a constituent pointed out.

“Yeah, Yeah, Yeah I know that,” Walsh agreed. “Look and this, look I know better than anybody. This is a game of gotcha. Every single word that Joe Walsh says is being taped by my opponents. That’s what these cameras are for. So politicians get very afraid to do this.”

“But what Mitt Romney meant to say was this. Here’s why this is the most important election in our country’s history, because we are at a scary point right now where there are too many Americans dependent on government,” the congressman continued. “Or as a very wise woman told me in the last campaign, we have too many people in the wagon and not enough people pulling the wagon.”

“And if we don’t get this election right, the people pulling the wagon are gonna put the wagon down and say, ‘Ya know what, I’ve had it, I’m tired.’”

Walsh concluded: “That’s what this election is all about. And yeah, the liberal media got all worked up about it because they love it, they love Obama.”

It was revealed last year that Walsh owed over $100,000 in unpaid child support. MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell later banned the congressman from his show, calling him a “deadbeat dad.”

A poll released Tuesday showed Walsh trailing Democratic opponent Tammy Duckworth by 14 points. The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has no plans to run ads to save Walsh’s seat, according to The Hill.

Watch this video from CREDO SuperPAC, uploaded Sept. 25, 2012.

[Photo: Gage Skidmore]

(h/t: Capitol Fax)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
 
 
 
 
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