Republican Congressman Rob Woodall at a town hall meeting in March was caught on camera echoing former Gov. Mitt Romney’s infamous “47 percent” speech.
“You know, folks mock Mitt Romney for what he said, but he’s right. Forty-seven percent of American citizens pay zero in income taxes. It’s just true,” the Georgia congressman said, according to a video obtained by activist group Georgia Fair Share (guess which side of the aisle they fall on).
“In fact, the bottom 30% of American citizens profit from the tax code because they’re getting refundable tax credits back,” he adds. “I don’t care if you’re paying a dollar. You need to believe that you are involved in the process, and you need to have skin in the game.”
“If I’m paying zero in income taxes and getting any benefit whatsoever — good roads, good schools, good airports — what do you expect me to do with my vote? It’s not a selfish thing. It’s just good economic interest,” Woodall said.
“If I can buy a dollar of government for a penny — even if that government’s only 50 percent effective — I’m still getting a steal.”
It’s widely believed that footage of Gov. Romney saying of the so-called “47 percent” that he’d “never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives” contributed to his defeat, as the Left was able to paint him as someone who only cared about a select few.
Similarly, some are saying Rep. Woodall’s town hall comments may be used against him. A spokesperson with the congressman’s office didn’t immediately respond to TheBlaze request for comment.
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