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Beauprez Evokes Romney 47 Percent Comment in 2010 Speech

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Karyn Bruggeman
July 3, 2014, 7:10 a.m.

“On Wed­nes­day”¦a video sur­faced that Demo­crats say shows” former Rep. Bob Beau­prez’s (R) “di­vis­ive­ness. The video shows Beau­prez in a speech to the Den­ver Rotary Club in 2010 mak­ing com­ments that echo those that hurt Mitt Rom­ney’s chal­lenge to Pres­id­ent Barack Obama two years later.”

Beau­prez: “I see something that frankly doesn’t sur­prise me, hav­ing been on Ways and Means Com­mit­tee: 47 per­cent of all Amer­ic­ans pay no fed­er­al in­come tax. I’m guess­ing that most of you in this room are not in that 47 per­cent — God bless you — but what that tells me is that we’ve got al­most half the pop­u­la­tion per­fectly happy that some­body else is pay­ing the bill, and most of that half is you all.” (5:30)

“He in­dic­ated Demo­crats had reas­ons to keep it that way.” Un­like Rom­ney, “Beau­prez was cor­rect in spe­cify­ing ‘fed­er­al in­come taxes,’ but be­cause his re­marks about how half the pop­u­la­tion de­pends on the gov­ern­ment and how those on the re­ceiv­ing end are ‘happy’ to let wealth­i­er people sup­port them with their taxes could cause the can­did­ate trouble with some voters.” (Den­ver Post)

“The video”¦has been on the in­ter­net for some time,” but was first “re­por­ted Wed­nes­day by the Den­ver Post after be­ing aler­ted to it by the Col­or­ado Demo­crat­ic Party.” (KDVR-TV)

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