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Romney 'Victims' Video Shot at 76ers Co-Owner Marc Leder's Home

Leder hosted $50,000-per-person fundraiser during which Romney called 47 percent of voters 'victims.'

Gov. Mitt Romney said in a video recently released by liberal magazine Mother Jones that 47 percent of American voters consider themselves "victims."

"There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what," said Romney in the video. "All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what… These are people who pay no income tax.”

These comments were made at the home of 76ers co-owner Marc Leder. Leder hosted a $50,000-per-person fundraiser at his Boca Raton, Fla., home on May 17, according to a report on Philly.com.

Leder, who became a co-owner on Oct. 17, 2011, owns the team with co-managing owner David Blitzer, CEO Adam Aron, Martin Geller, David Heller, Travis Hennings, James Lassiter, Jason Levien, Michael Rubin, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith.

Leder owns a financial buyout firm called Sun Capital Partners, says an article in The Daily Pennsylvanian. He is a Wharton graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, class of 1983, according to the article.

President Barack Obama's campaign offices have called the video "shocking" in a statement released to the press. Romney's campaign has confirmed the video is genuine.

“It’s not elegantly stated, let me put it that way,” Romney said at an impromptu press conference late last night. The press conference can be seen on 6ABC.com. “Of course individuals are going to take responsibility for their life, and my campaign is about helping people take more responsibility and becoming employed again.”

John September 20, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Agreed....address the more important issues. I sincerely hope that the debates ahead do so. I dont want to hear about dreams, and I dont want fingerpointing. I dont have to like my President, as I dont have to like my boss....but I do have to respect them on some level. I dont want to hear about statistics and percentages...I dont want excuses....I dont want to do the same thing re-wrapped......I want to hear SOLUTIONS that are well thought out, and will better this country...we shall see
John September 20, 2012 at 09:57 PM
LOL....c'mon people, for every article that supports Obama, there are articles that support Romney. For every article that blasts Obama, there are articles that blast Romney....point / counterpoint. READ THE ACA......ALL of it....invest your time to learn what is in Obamacare. Dont take CNN's word, Huffington Posts Cliffnotes, FOX news's take on it.....READ IT! Once you do, you will see what the LAW says! Then make an educated decision for yourself.
Eric W September 20, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Conclusion: Obama will get another 4 years. Next...
careless fills September 20, 2012 at 11:55 PM
We've heard much about the 47% who don't pay income taxes. Here's some other stats: The median 4 person family in the USA paid 5.6% income tax on their $75,648 income, and had a 15% marginal tax rate on the next dollar. A 4 person family making half of the median paid -6.8% tax on their $37,824 income, which includes the fully refundable tax rebates like EITC and chilc tax credits. They didn't pat tax and their refunds were typically more than what was withheld from their paychecks. A four person family with double the median income typically paid 12.93% of that as income tax, and their marginal tax rate was 25%.
Morgan King September 21, 2012 at 12:16 AM
That's an easy way to dismiss actual reporting as a wash, though. It's pretty fallacious to say 'well, who can know, it's all partisan' just to ignore news that contradicts what you want to hear. We should all be reading and understanding the actual laws instead of only hearing the distilled version, I couldn't agree more.

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