GOP congressional candidate Torrey Westrom says 48 percent of Americans don't pay taxes [VIDEO]

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Since he didn't single out sales taxes, Westrom's remark was actually less accurate than Romney's infamous gaffe.
The defining gaffe of the 2012 presidential race came when Mitt Romney was recorded saying, "There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what... These are people who pay no income tax."

Though fact-checkers determined that what Romney said at that May 17, 2012 fundraiser was technically true (most everyone pays some taxes in some form, however, even if they don't pay income taxes), the perception that Romney had essentially written off the poorer half of America was something his campaign was never able to fully recover from once the video hit the internet that September.

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Turns out that more than two months before Romney made that infamous comment, Torrey Westrom, a Republican Minnesota state senator representing a west-central part of the state, made essentially the same comment during a town hall meeting, only he didn't single out income taxes as Romney did.

And now that Westrom is a Republican congressional candidate challenging longtime Democratic incumbent Collin Peterson, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is trying to use the clip of him saying that against him.

Here's the clip, followed by a transcript:



Man: [During] the Eisenhower Administration, we built our infrastructure -- our roads, our bridges, our schools, our fire halls -- we built that during that era and the tax rate on the wealthiest people was 60 percent, and it was an honor for them, and society looked up to them -- they were pillars in their community and respected, and we appreciated them. And now all I see is scapegoating on the poor, blaming people on food assistance when they can't even get a part-time job... I'm saying that [rich people] pay less in income tax than poor people do.

Westrom: Even though 48 percent of Americans don't pay taxes?

Man: The Bible says, 'To whom much has been given, much shall be required.' Now [the wealthy] built that infrastructure and they did that out of the goodness of their hearts in the '50s and now it's like pulling teeth to get an extra dime out of the wealthiest people in this society, and I'm tired of it.

Westrom: Let me tell you, versus your philosophy, my philosophy is, don't overtax the citizens, let them keep their hard-earned wealth [and] take care of themselves as much as they can and we do for the communities that individually they can't do for themselves. You would rather tax everybody's income, take it away from them, redistribute it, government knows best...
In response to that clip, the DCCC spokesman Brandon Lorenz sent us this statement:
Senator Westrom's claim that 48 percent of people don't pay taxes seems to miss that many of the very people he is targeting are Minnesotans who have worked hard, played by the rules and paid into Social Security and rely on it in their retirement. Senator Westrom's willingness to target seniors who rely on Social Security shows that he can't be trusted to stand up for the middle class Minnesotans who are the backbone of our economy.
Though Peterson comfortably won reelection in 2012 with over 60 percent of the vote, he has a target on his back this election cycle because his western Minnesota district leans to the right -- 54 percent of voters there cast their ballots for Mitt Romney.

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joemac1114
joemac1114

@BuhByeGOP lying is what they do, what we have to do is point out their lies every time the tell one. Otherwise the goobers will believe it.

markie19
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kujakupoet
kujakupoet

@LOLGOP That's funny. I coulda swore 6% was added to my bill last time I went shopping.

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kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

Oh how stupid the general electorate is. When this "tax the rich" meme is completed it's the 30K-220K/yr earners that take it in the rear.   Yes if you make over 200K you have options, but it hurts everyone below that enormously as their taxes go up, and they go up every time.     Stupidity reins!

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Oh, libtards: you'd make conservitards look so much tardier if you practiced what you preached. I'm sure most everyone that has made fun of the poor blind guy in this thread also supports all the anti-bullying legislation your party pumps out. The public is SCARY stupid.

Sphinx Thelion
Sphinx Thelion

Wait a minute, I thought the GOP doesn't want us to have to pay taxes. Isn't that what they keep saying? No new taxes?

Ashley Martin
Ashley Martin

I'm sorry, I didn't even read what the headline of this story was... I got lost in those bedroom eyes of his. Guuhh.

Yama-x Neutral
Yama-x Neutral

He's got 1 eye on Politics and the other on economics

Kim Tee
Kim Tee

Was he shaken as a baby?

Jason Boyd
Jason Boyd

Can you look me in the eye and say that? No... the other eye. No... not that one, the other one man. Dude! Wait... which one am I suppose to like at? OK... I'm totally confused here. What were we talking about again?

Michael Kleiber
Michael Kleiber

EVERY American pays taxes every single time they purchased ANYTHING that has tax on it in a store. Therefore, you cannot get OUT OF paying taxes in the U.S. Dumbass.

Brian Alvstad
Brian Alvstad

Matt go back to your dead beat house you bald ass fat fuck

Matt Mortensen
Matt Mortensen

I didn't know he was blind, so sorry for thinking any thing bad about his appearance. Oh and Fuck you Brian anyway.....

webcelt
webcelt

I gather Westrom was one of the men by the wall on the opposite side of the room. Who was the other one who did some of the talking? Am I correct in thinking the person by the camera was a constituent, not a candidate?

Rob Chapman
Rob Chapman

He's got ....marty feldman eyes Da da chh da da chhh

Bearach Coughlin
Bearach Coughlin

Seriously Jenni, you believe in 'karma' it's absolute nonsense . If it was real we'd all be laughing at the war mongering government of 2001. Or maybe the jerks on Wall Street that helped bring this country to its knees... Nope, they're (for the most part) doing as well or better than they were then, karma is an absolute joke.

Bearach Coughlin
Bearach Coughlin

Who can't be taken seriously? This blind candidate that is spouting absolute ignorance.

Bearach Coughlin
Bearach Coughlin

What the fuck is wrong w/Republicans? Do they all snort gas or something? The repugnicant party of today would be a joke 2 decades ago... Not that it isn't a joke today.

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

The dim wits on the the Radical Right think that people aren't paying taxes because they're freeloaders. They are just too damn dim to understand that these people aren't being paid enough or given enough hours to make enough to have to pay in. In fact the Radical Right Wing's Corporate masters are being subsidized in the form of food stamps and Medicaid paid to their workers, because they pay them so little. Its costing all of us, but the Radical Right Winger is too dim to understand what's actually going on. Their simple mind can't grasp the complexity (its not really all that complex but these are very simple people) of the situation.

Shawn Spence
Shawn Spence

He didn't say that they don't matter though like Mittens all but did.

Ryan Thompson
Ryan Thompson

47% don't pay income tax is crazy and unsustainable.

Stacy Olson
Stacy Olson

87% of all statistics are made up on the spot.

Stacy Olson
Stacy Olson

it is not politically correct to make fun of someone, especially those with disabilities. unless, of course, they are a politician. then it's your patriotic duty. oh, the irony.

littleguy56289
littleguy56289

What the extremely insensitive liberals on this comment section are saying makes me ill. You lefties saying anything about his blindness or his appearance are NOT HUMAN.

Joe Duggan
Joe Duggan

but he is blind n u guys r making internet joaks u inconsiderite priks

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

@henk.tobias0 You are a moron. Can't you see how tax increases in whatever form they are hurt the poor?    Also, you call these guys radical right?   It must be so easy to be a Liberal Moron-All you do is call names and never back it up with any facts.    All that matters to you is that you feel good because you act like you have good intentions. 

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

Exactly, as long as Corporations like Walmart can get away with paying people so little that they pay no taxes the middle class in this country will fall further and further into decay. PAY PEOPLE A DECENT WAGE so they can join the rest of us as tax payers. I am sure you agree, right Ryan?

webcelt
webcelt

Now just where did you get that? Oh, right.

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

@littleguy56289 Your comment is exactly what's wrong with Radical Right Wingers like yourself: You don't value human life, you take those that disagree with you and make them less than human. That way you can justify any action taken against them. You can even ignore the bible that you crow so much about. 


Your Radical Right Wing brethren are killing each other in the middle east as we speak, they don't see their fellow countrymen as human either.

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

@kurt124 @henk.tobias0 Um Kurt, if you want to call other people morons, you shouldn't make moronic comments. Please point out where I said anything about raising taxes. Of course you won't be able to because I said nothing about taxes at all. But thanks for the reply and for proving my point.

littleguy56289
littleguy56289

@henk.tobias0 @littleguy56289 uhhh I vote Democrat. But nice try labeling me a "radical right winger"

And I've never crowed about the Bible. I fully support laws helping/protecting the rights of the LGBT community.

I doubt it was Republicans taking pot shots at Torrey, though. You can disagree on his policy views but to poke fun at him for being blind is NOT HUMAN.

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

@kurt124 @henk.tobias0 Kurt, more name calling? You know better than that. Also, you don't seem to comprehend much of what you read. That may explain your misunderstanding of the meaning of the term Troll. 


I am waiting for you to show me where I said anything about raising taxes. Or is your silence on that you admitting that you were wrong? 


kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

@littleguy56289 @henk.tobias0 Right wingers don't value life???  You are crazy, now back to supporting on demand abortion at your local Planned Parenthood, which is planning nothing other than the extermination of parenthood. You libs are so backwards. 

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