Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) took a page from the Mitt Romney playbook when he told a conservative audience at an event last week that 47 percent of able-bodied people in the state don't work, the Bangor Daily News reported Tuesday.Politifact rates this statement "mostly true" because the real figure undoubtedly contains two digits followed by a percent symbol.
"Number two, when you talk about workforce development, it really means that the people that -- about 47 percent of able-bodied people in the state of Maine don't work," LePage said. A woman can then be heard on the recording reacting to that figure, to which LePage reiterated "About 47 percent. It's really bad."
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
The 47%, Redux
Maine Governor Paul LePage (R) takes a page out of Mitt Romney's book (via):