Mitt Romney told a room of millionaires that 47% of Americans do not matter. SEIU President Mary Kay Henry issued a statement highlighting Mitt Romney's divisive campaign and his disdain for working families:
"Mitt Romney's clear disdain for 47 percent of the American people is just the latest sign that as President of the United States he would govern only for the rich and corporations. What became crystal clear in the recordings of Romney's remarks to wealthy donors is that voters face a stark choice in this election between a candidate who would reward the rich with tax break after tax break and a President who will continue to put the needs of working people first. By dismissing half of the voters in this country, Mitt Romney has shown his divisive vision for America and proven that he should not be President of the United States."
Americans cannot have a leader that panders only to the richest 1%. Rafael Suarez, a certified nursing assistant and 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East member in Miami who is currently working per diem, was disgusted by Romney's remarks:
"He is turning his back on the people that need the help most. How much longer can we live in a country where greedy corporations and the super-rich don't pay their fair share? This is why we are in this mess in the first place."
Mitt Romney's disdain for working families is also evident in his policies. Under Mitt Romney's current tax plan, 18 million working and middle-class families will pay $2,000 more in taxes and the Romney/Ryan budget, which Romney called "marvelous," also preserves $40 billion in tax giveaways to big oil and gas companies.
America deserves a President who stands for working families, not big business. Mitt Romney has proven that he is not the President that (100% of) America deserves.