Chris Moody, "New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez: Comments like Romney’s set ‘us back as a party’", Yahoo News 11/15/2012:
Martinez criticized Romney's comments when they were reported in September, and on Wednesday reiterated that she found them "ridiculous."
"It's a ridiculous statement to make. You want to earn the vote of every single person you can earn, whether they be someone who relies on," she said. "Why would you ever write off 47 percent?"
Whatever Gov. Martinez said, it involved an interesting mixture of "singular they" with various quantified noun phrases ("every single person", "someone"). But I think there's something missing from
You want to earn the vote of every single person you can earn, whether they be someone who relies on.
Normally I'd just chalk this up to a slip of the editor's mouse. But the quote has been picked up and re-quoted, without comment, in at least one other online piece. Am I the one who's missing something? Has "someone who relies on" become a term of political art?