Hatch: Romney's '47 percent' comment was inarticulate, but accurate

Hatch was referring to Romney's remarks at a private fundraiser this May, where the GOP nominee said he could never convince the "47 percent" of Americans who don’t pay income taxes to take responsibility for themselves because they are “dependent upon government” and “believe that they are victims.” 

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The comments were captured on video, and Democrats have hammered Romney on the issue, saying that 47 percent includes seniors and veterans.

Hatch said he and Romney believe more people should be paying taxes and that payroll taxes don’t count.

“Do Republicans want to tax the truly poor? Heavens, no,” Hatch said. “But are all of those in the truly poor category? No.

“There are too many people riding in the wagon rather than pulling.”

Hatch said the media has been unfairly hard on Romney, who is running simply because he wants to help the country, according to Hatch.

“Mitt Romney has taken this unmitigated crap in trying to do what’s right in this country,” Hatch said.