NM Gov. Susana Martinez Critical of Mitt Romney’s 47 Percent Remark, Says “Poor Count As Anybody Else”

Another Republican has distanced herself from the Romney campaign — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez rejected Mitt Romney’s remarks that Republicans this fall can’t woo “47 percent” of voters because they’re too dependent on government services. She joins Sen. Scott Brown, Sen. Dean Heller, congressional candidates Mark Meadows and Linda McMahon as criticizing Romney sick and disgusting remarks.

Martinez, who was asked to speak on behalf of Romney at the Republican National Convention last month, said every vote matters and reiterated the value of government support services for the poor.

“We have a lot of people that are at the poverty level in New Mexico, but they count just as much as anybody else,” Martinez said. “There is a net that does allow them to be caught and taken care of, whether it be through medical services, whether it be food services, whether it be with funding for apartments, for housing.

“I think, certainly the fact that New Mexico provides that safety net is a good thing,” the Republican governor said.  Source

Susana Martinez remarks aren’t the only newsworthy one. Sen. Harry Reid reprises his attack on Mitt Romney over his tax returns saying he may be among the 47 percent who he claims are dependent on the government because of the low tax rate he paid. harrry Reid’s comments:

Thousands of families making more than $1 million pay nothing in federal income taxes each year.

Is Mitt Romney among them?

We’ll never know, since he refuses to release tax returns from the years before he was running for president.

But from the one return we have seen, we know Mitt Romney pays a lower tax rate than middle class families thanks to Swiss bank accounts and Cayman Island tax shelters.

And we can only imagine what new secrets would be revealed if he showed the American people a dozen years of tax returns, like his father did. (h/t Talking Points Memo

Ann Romney on Mitt Romney’s 47 Percent Insult: “Mitt Doesn’t Disdain the Poor”

I don’t usually attack the spouses of presidential candidates, but I found Ann Romney’s response to her husband 47 percent insult, equally insulting — “Mitt doesn’t disdain the poor.” WTF? His comment wasn’t only directed at the poor, it was directed at military veterans, the handicapped, senior citizens, students and working class families. Ann Romney said her husband was taken out of context. Um, how do you take someone out of context who clearly and lucidly states 47 percent of Obama voters dependent on the government? How common of us not to understand what her husband said during the Marc Leder-hosted closed-door event. Either that or another fake poverty story is coming from Ann Romney — like the door propped on saw horses. Damage control isn’t trotting out the Real Housewife of New Hampshire Ann Romney or where ever they live.

It should be noted that another Republican congressional candidate is distancing himself from Romney’s comments. NC Republican house candidate Mark Meadows said:

“It might come as a surprise, but Mitt Romney didn’t call me before he made those comments and ask for my advice,” said Meadows, who is running for the seat being vacated by Democrat Heath Shuler.

“I’m concerned about all 750,000 people,” Meadows said at a forum hosted by a local ABC affiliate, according to the Citizen-Times. “I am here to represent the people of this district.” Source

Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV), who is facing a challenge from Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley, is also distancing himself from Mitt Romney’s comments. In an interview with Politico, he said,

“You got to understand, I grew up with five brothers and sisters. My father was an automechanic. My mother was a school cook. I just don’t view the world the same way he does.”

“Every vote in Nevada counts, every vote. And as a United States senator, my job is represent every one of those votes, whether they voted for me or against me.” Source

Ann Romney Defending Husband:

While Romney Campaign Implodes, Obama Hits Magic 50 Percent in Wisconsin, Virginia

While the Romney campaign continues to implode, Quinnipiac University is out with a new poll showing President Obama has hit the 50 percent mark in Wisconsin, vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s home state.

–COLORADO:  Obama 48 – Romney 47, compared to Romney 50 – 45 August 8
–VIRGINIA:  Obama 50 – Romney 46, compared to Obama 49 – 45 percent August 8
–WISCONSIN:  Obama 51 – Romney 45, compared to Obama 49 – 47 percent August 23

President Barack Obama hits the magic 50 percent mark among likely voters in Wisconsin and Virginia and catches Gov. Mitt Romney in a too-close-to call race in Colorado, according to a Quinnipiac University/New York Times/CBS News Swing State poll released today.

Voters in these three critical states see the candidates as about even handling the economy, while President Obama is seen as better able to handle health care, Medicare and an international crisis. Voters in each state say the president cares about their needs and problems while Romney doesn’t care. The Obama-Romney matchup in each of these states shows:

Colorado: Obama at 48 percent to Romney’s 47 percent, too close to call, but a reverse of Romney’s 50 – 45 percent lead August 8;

Virginia: Obama at 50 percent to Romney’s 46 percent, compared to Obama’s 49 – 45 percent lead August 8

Wisconsin: Obama edges Romney 51 – 45 percent, compared to Obama at 49 – 47 percent August 23 after Romney selected Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate. Source

Pat Buchanan, Brother of Romney Adviser Bay Buchanan, Calls Obama “Drug Dealer of Welfare”

Pat Buchanan, brother of Romney adviser Bay Buchanan, is spewing racist venom again, calling President Obama a “drug dealer of welfare.’ No decent network wants Pat Buchanan, so of course, Fox News, which picks up the bottom-feeders was only too happy to oblige. He appeared on Greta Van Susteren’s show Tuesday night. The last thing the Romney campaign needs is vicious demagoguery. But why should we ask them to stop? Keep talking Pat Buchanan, keep talking….

 “He wants permanent dependency, in my judgment, of all these folks…somehow getting benefits, benefits, benefits and paying no taxes.”

“We used to have FDR talking about relief being a narcotic, a subtle destroyer of the human spirit,” Buchanan said. “We got to get off this welfare, is what he said. And in that sense it’s a narcotic.

“Gov. Romney is the complete opposite,” Buchanan added. “We believe in temporary help for anybody that’s in trouble. You should have a floor of decency under every family. Unemployment should be temporary. Unemployment benefits should be temporary. Food stamps should be temporary. What are we doing with 47 million people permanently have to be fed by the government?” Source

That is such a flawed argument that will undoubtedly continue to sink Mitt Romney. Not all of the 47 percent of people who he claims depends on the government are Democrats and are lazy. That would be the same welfare Mitt Romney’s father, George Romney was on when his family came back to the US from Mexico where they fled to continue their polygamous lifestyle.  We blogged about George Romney getting welfare benefits as a child. The video is below (h/t Buzzfeed).

George Romney lived on welfare for a period of time:

French Magazine Charlie Hebdo Publishes Naked Pictures Mocking Prophet Muhammad

More unrest coming from Muslims as a French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, publishes naked pictures mocking the Prophet Muhammad. The move set off a firestorm among Muslims and drew condemnation from the government of François Hollande.

The illustrations, some of which depicted Muhammad naked, hit newsstands across the country on Wednesday and were met with swift rebuke from the government of François Hollande, which had earlier urged the magazine, Charlie Hebdo, not to publish the cartoons, particularly in the current tense environment.

“In France, there is a principle of freedom of expression, which should not be undermined,” Laurent Fabius, the foreign minister, said in a French radio interview. “In the present context, given this absurd video that has been aired, strong emotions have been awakened in many Muslim countries. Is it really sensible or intelligent to pour oil on the fire?” Source

This comes on the heels of an anti-Muslim film, ‘Innocence of Muslims,’ which was spearheaded by Nakoula Basseley Nakoula and promoted on 9/11 by Florida pastor Terry Jones, that sparked protests at U.S. embassies in the Middle East, and may have contributed to the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods.