Indecision 2012 - Mitt Romney on the Poor

  • Aired:  02/01/12
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Jason Jones and John Oliver weigh in on Mitt Romney's conflation of the very rich and the very poor as constituencies requiring no attention. (6:13)

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK TO

THE SHOW.

NOW, AS YOU JUST SAW EARLIER,

LAST NIGHT MITT ROMNEY WON BIG

IN FLORIDA, CEMENTING HIS

FRONT-RUNNER STATUS AND TODAY IT

WAS ON TO THE MORNING SHOWS FOR

A QUICK VICTORY LAP.

>> BY THE WAY, I'M IN THIS RACE

BECAUSE I CARE ABOUT AMERICANS.

I'M NOT CONCERNED ABOUT THE VERY

POOR.

WE HAVE A SAFETY NET THERE.

IF IT NEEDS REPAIR, I'LL FIX IT.

I'M NOT CONCERNED ABOUT THE VERY

RICH, THEY'RE DOING JUST FINE.

( LAUGHTER )

>> Jon: DID YOU JUST

SUGGEST YOU DON'T NEED TO CARE

ABOUT THE VERY RICH BECAUSE

THEY'RE FINE BUT ALSO

EQUIVALENTLY THE VERY POOR

BECAUSE THEY'RE OKAY, TOO?

BECAUSE YOU KNOW THE REASON THE

NET IS THERE IS THEY'RE NOT

OKAY.

( LAUGHTER )

IT'S LIKE A DOCTOR GOING,UN,"

I'M NOT CONCERNED ABOUT THE VERY

HEALTHY BECAUSE THEY'RE DOING

FINE, OR THE VERY SICK BECAUSE,

YOU KNOW, MORPHINE.

YOU KNOW WHAT I'M SAYING."

BUT MAYBE I HEARD IT WRONG.

I COULD HAVE HEARD IT WRONG.

DOES DTHAT SOUND WEIRD TO

ANYBODY ELSE.

>> YOU JUST SAID, "I'M NOT

CONCERNED ABOUT THE VERY POOR

BECAUSE THEY HAVE A SAFETY NET."

AND I THINK THERE ARE LOT OF

VERY POOR AMERICANS WHO ARE

STRUGGLING WHO WOULD SAY THAT

SOUNDS ODD.

YOU CAN EXPLAIN THAT?

( LAUGHTER )

>> Jon: TV NEWS PERSON JUST

HEARD WHAT CANDIDATE SAID AND

THEN STOPPED HIM AND MADE HIM

EXPLAIN HIMSELF.

LIKE A FLOWER BLOOMING IN THE

DESERT.

QUICK!

SOMEONE DIG THAT UP AND GET IT

AWAY FROM CNN BEFORE ONE OF

THEIR GIANT HOLOGRAPHIC MONITORS

FALLS AND CRUSHES IT.

>> WELL, YOU HAD TO FINISH THE

SENTENCE, SOLEDAD.

I SAID I'M NOT CONCERNED ABOUT

THE VERY POOR THAT HAVE A SAFETY

NET, BUT IF IT HAS HOLES IN IT,

I WILL REPAIR THEM.

>> Jon: RIGHT, BUT IT'S

STILL A ( BLEEP ) NET!

AND HERE'S THE THING ABOUT BEING

IN A NET.

BEING IN A NET IS BAD, WHETHER

YOU'RE A BUTTERFLY OR A FISH OR

A TRATEASE ARTIST OR A POOR

PERSON.

IF YOU'RE IN A NET, SOMETHING

HAS GONE TERRIBLY, TERRIBLY

WRONG.

YOU KNOW WHAT?

I'M SURE IF ROMNEY GETS A CHANCE

TO CLARIFY HIS STATEMENT HE'LL

IN NO AWAY WREN REIN FORCE HIS

ARISTOCRATIC PARTITION MASTER OF

THE UNIVERSE-ISH-NESS.

>> WE WILL HEAR FROM THE

DEMOCRAT PARTY THE PLIGHT OF THE

POOR.

AND THERE'S NO QUESTION, IT'S

NOT GOOD BEING POOR.

>> Stephen:

>> Jon: THEY'VE GOT TO PLAY

TENNIS ON PUBLIC COURTS.

RIDE RENTAL PONIES WHEN THEIR

BUTLERS TUCK THEM IN AT NIGHT, I

CAN ONLY IMAGINE THE THREAD

COUNT ON THEIR LINENS.

MY POINT IS WE DON'T NEED TO BE

CONCERNED ABOUT IT.

FOR MORE ON MITT ROMNEY'S

APPARENT CONFLATION OF THE VERY

RICH AND VERY POOR AS

CONSTITUENCIES UNNEEDED OF

ATTENTION WE'RE JOINED BY JASON

JONES AND JHN OLIVER.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

WE'RE GOING TO START HERE.

TEAM VERY POOR, WE'RE GOING TO

START WITH YOU.

>> WHOA, WHOA, WHOA, WHOA!

NICE TRY, STEWART.

BUT WE'RE NOT GOING TO PLAY YOUR

LITTLE CLASS WARFARE EXPERIMENT.

>> WE'RE NOT GOING TO LET YOU

DIVIDE US.

>> Jon: I'M NOT TRYING TO

DIVIDE YOU BUT YOU BOTH

REPRESENT THE TWO MOST EXTREME

SOCIOECONOMIC GROUPS IN THIS

COUNTRY.

>> DON'T TRY TO PIT THE 1%

AGAINST THE EQUIVALENT 1%.

>> Jon: ACTUALLY, I THINK

YOUR NUMBERS MIGHT BE OFF.

YOU'RE 1%, BUT THIS IS ACTUALLY

LARGER.

VERY POOR IS, LIKE 7%, POVERTY

IS LIKE 15%.

>> NO, NO, WE'RE EXACTLY THE

SAME.

WE'RE TWO PEAS IN A POD.

>> BUGS IN MY BED.

>> I SAY POTATO.

>> AND I SAY DO YOU ACTUALLY

HAVE SAY POTATO BECAUSE I COULD

EAT THE HELL OUTAVE POTATO RIGHT

NOW.

I AM MASSIVELY HUNGRY.

>> Jon: SO BOTH OF YOU ARE

OKAY WITH GOVERNOR ROMNEY SAYING

EACH OF THESE CONSTITUENCIES CAN

BE IGNORED BECAUSE THEY'RE DOING

OKAY.

>> ABSOLUTELY, YES.

I MEAN, I CAN TAKE ALL MY

MASSIVE REAL ESTATE HOLDINGS AND

DEFER THE TAXES THROUGH 1031

EXCHANGES AND MINIMIZE MY I.R.S.

EXPOSURE THROUGH MY CAYMEN

ISLAND SUBSIDIARIES AND AN

ALMOST SARCASTIC AMOUNT OF

TRUSTS.

SO DON'T WORRY ABOUT ME.

I'M FINE.

( LAUGHTER )

>> Jon: JOHN?

>> WELL, I RECEIVE $12 PER DAY

FROM THE GOVERNMENT.

SO NO WORRIES ABOUT ME.

PRETTY COMFORTABLE SAFETY NET.

TWINSIES!

>> YOU KNOW WHAT'S FUNNY IS I

HAVE A NET, TOO.

IT'S MORE LIKE A GOLDEN

PARACHUTE.

BUT SAME IDEA.

OUR LIKE EXPERIENCES ARE

INCREDIBLY SIMILAR.

>> YEAH, WE BOTH LOVE TO FISH.

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

LAST WEEK, I WENT FISHING FOR

MARLIN DOWN IN KEY WEST.

>> AND JUST YESTERDAY I WAS

UNDER A BRIDGE IN THE EAST RIVER

TRYING TO AUGMENT MY PROTEIN

INTAKE.

( LAUGHTER )

I CAUGHT A BOOT AND A USED

CONDOM.

( LAUGHTER ).

DELICIOUS.

>> UHHH, WELL, WE BOTH LIKE

BASEBALL.

>> YES, WE BOTH LOVE "MODERN

FAMILY."

>> WHO DOESN'T.

>> AND WE'RE TAXED AT THE SAME

RATE.

>> YUP-- WAIT, WHAT?

HOW THE ( BLEEP ) IS THAT

POSSIBLE?

( LAUGHTER )

( APPLAUSE )

>> YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW MUCH

MONEY IT COSTS TO GET THAT KIND

OF STUFF THROUGH.

>> HE'S RIGHT THERE, TO BE FAIR.

RIGHT.

>> Jon: BUT YOU SEE NO

DIFFERENCE THAN IN YOUR

CIRCUMSTANCE?

>> NO, YOU CAN'T DIVIDE US WITH

YOUR CLASS WARFARE.

( CLEARS THROAT )

♪ I AM RICH

♪ AND I AM POOR

♪ WHEN WE GO HOME WE BOTH WALK

THROUGH FRONT DOORS

♪ MINE IS SOLID MAHOGANY

I DON'T REALLY HAVE A DOOR

( LAUGHTER ).

>> IT'S TRUE.

IT'S A BEADED CURTAIN

♪ I AM PAUL.

>> AND I AM RICH.

>> I LIKE FOIS GRAS.

>> I DON'T KNOW WHAT THAT IS.

♪ SO PLEASE DON'T BE CONCERNED

ABOUT US 'CAUSE WE'RE BOTH OKAY.

♪ EXCEPT FOR ME I'M NOT OKAY.

I'M NOT OKAY AT ALL.

IT IS NOT OKAY.

IT IS NOT OKAY ♪ ♪.

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