Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s comments about 47 percent of the population dependent on the government and “binders full of women” topped this year’s best quotes, according to a Yale University librarian.
Fred Shapiro, associate librarian at Yale Law School, released his seventh annual list of the most notable quotations of the year.
“Debate remarks and gaffes actually seemed to play an important role in the ups and downs of the election campaign and may even have affected the ultimate outcome of the election,” Shapiro said.
The complete article includes the Top 10 quotes.
Here are the Top 3 from Shapiro’s List:
1. “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what … who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims. … These are people who pay no income tax. … and so my job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”
—Mitt Romney, remarks at private fundraiser, Boca Raton, Fla., May 17
2. “We took a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet (in Massachusetts). I went to a number of women’s groups and said, “Can you help us find folks?” and they brought us whole binders full of women.”
—Mitt Romney, second presidential debate, Hempstead, N.Y., Oct. 16
3. “If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business – you didn’t build that.”|
—Barack Obama, remarks at campaign appearance, Roanoke, Va., July 13