Mayor Nutter is joining the chorus of Obama supporters criticizing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romey for suggesting nearly half of Americans are dependent on the federal goverment and are not likely to vote for him.
The following is Nutter's statement as distributed by the Obama campaign:
"The fact that a candidate for president - in a closed door event with donors - said that 47% of Americans are 'dependent on Government' and 'believe they are victims' is beyond shocking. That he doubled down on those comments in public is unfathomable. But most deplorable about Mitt Romney's comments is who he is insulting - an overwhelmingly majority or the 47% he is referring to are seniors, working families, students or people with disabilities. The vast majority of these Americans pay a significant percentage of their income in taxes, whether they are federal payroll taxes, property taxes, sales taxes or other state and local taxes. They often pay even a higher share of their income in these taxes than wealthier families, like Mitt Romney's. How can Mitt Romney continue to run for president when he has categorically written off half of the American people?"
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