Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Obama campaign makes hay

Posted By on Wed, Sep 19, 2012 at 2:57 PM

It was only Monday that Mother Jones published online video of presidential candidate Mitt Romney's statements at a $50,000-a-plate fundraiser. And yet thanks to intense media coverage, it already seems like old news. Hell, President Obama even addressed the comment on Letterman last night.

Over-saturated or not, the Obama campaign apparently isn't going to let it drop.

John Register

Enter John Register, a Colorado Springs resident and national co-chair of the Obama campaign:

Register is U.S. Army veteran and a Paralympian. A four-time Track and Field All American at the University of Arkansas, Register served in the U.S. Army for six years, participating in both Desert Shield and Desert Storm while also wining nine gold medals in Armed Services Competition. An athletic injury resulted in Register’s left leg being amputated above knee. He subsequently won the Silver Medal in the Long Jump at the 2000 Paralympics Games and took 5th place in both the 100 and 200 meters dashes.

Today, Register held a press conference and his point was this: Among those 47 percent of Americans who Romney dismisses as self-identified victims who don't pay federal income taxes are military.

"I am just as shocked as, I think, a lot of folks around the nation are," he says. "There is another group of Americans who don't pay income taxes and are included in that 47 percent that Mr. Romney says he has written off. I'm a Gulf War veteran, and military serving in our combat zones, those are individuals who don't pay federal income taxes. It just leads me to wonder if Governor Romney who we've asked to go into harm's way as victims."

You can read the full transcript of Romney's speech here, or watch Romney's full comments, below:

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