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Thursday, September 27, 2012
Brutally effective ad
The Obama campaign released this ad today, juxtaposing Romney's words regarding the 47% with examples of the actual 47%, including low-wage workers, families and veterans. It ends with the most damning portion of the speech, where he writes off nearly half the country "And so my job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives." This sentiment distinguishes Romney's statement from Obama's "cling to guns or religion" controversy in 2008. Obama acknowledges in the speech that "our challenge is to get people persuaded that we can make progress when there's not evidence of that in their daily lives." Despite the clumsy sociological claim Obama makes, he accepts the duty to convince those who might disagree with him, whereas Romney throws up his hands and gives up on tens of millions of us who have done nothing wrong besides being poor.