I want to defend Anderson Cooper, I do. The only way to do so is to believe that he meant to specify that the 47% that don’t pay federal taxes. Did he not do so because he didn’t, as moderator, want to engage himself in the debate of who actually pay or doesn’t pay what? But as a moderator isn’t it part of your job to challenge the candidates with factual questions? Or has it come to this, the moderator’­s only job is to ensure that the candidates remain respectful to each other and fisticuffs don’t erupt? If Anderson had specifical­ly stated that the 47% don’t pay federal income taxes because they are too poor but they pay every other tax, that would have changed the dynamic of the debate certainly, but we will never know how. A pity.
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