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YOUR TURN: Was Romney Right About the 47 Percent, or Will This Doom his Campaign?

Mother Jones released a video of Mitt Romney telling a private audience that 47 percent of Americans are dependent on the government and will never vote for him. Was this a ruinous gaffe, or has Romney told a hard political truth?

A secret video obtained by Mother Jones magazine has rocked the political world. In that video, Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney said 47 percent of Americans believe they are victims, are dependent on the government and will never vote for him. He went further, saying he wasn't worried about them. The magazine released a portion of the video Monday.

In a late night press conference Monday, Romney said the comments were not "elegantly stated," but were part of a larger conversation about the role of personal responsibility.

Romney went on to say the comments were a reflection on "the political process of winning an election, and, of course, I want to help all Americans—all Americans—have a bright and prosperous future."

Mother Jones posted the full video just after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Do you think the video shows Romney's true feelings about half of the American electorate, or was this an out-of-context snippet? Will this hurt Romney's chances of willing the election, or is it one blip in a very long campaign? Tell us what you think in the comments below.


ALISA ROMAN September 19, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Today...It is akin, to dancing in a mine field, with flippers on, to actually tell the truth..Mr. Romney, is not politically slick , he does not have that inate skill ...he is simply honest...at a time, when our flag is being burned ,embassies, stormed by radical elements in countries , where we have sent billions, in monetary help..Our enemies have grown along with our debt ...our Government , unemployment , our place and standing in the world ..We have a popular President , or so the MEDIA ,would have us believe ..He can bust a move , with the best of them , channel, Al Green & deliver a line cleverly written for him...Look down the fairway of indifference. You could play a game of pickup Basket ball also...He is available for Weddings , appearances,. on late nite shows..look for him in the background of Beyonces video He has, not logged, that much time in the Oval Office, being the President.. All things considered , I will vote, for the guy with the life of service ..whos life is not peppered with alliances , the likes of Alinsky,Bill Ayers, Frank Marshall Davis a.leading Communist Leader,..mentioned in his book ..and surrounding, himself with the Chicago( Daley machine} in the White House...Did I mention REDISTRIBUTION...I have been a life long Democrat,I no longer feel that this party , that was unable, to allow God, in .the convention..a Political Party that .I feel comfortable with.Divide and Conquer , is a destructive Game..We all Lose....
Ouie Boscoe September 20, 2012 at 10:57 AM
Oh Yes the usual liberal talking points that Rachel Madcow and Christy Matthews tells you to repeat. So what about the money from the honest people who pay taxes going to the union thugs at GM, then how your messiah stole the retirement money from Delphi workers to pay off his union friends at GM. The money stolen from taxpayers to pay off Barry s friends at Solyndra I can keep on going but you really don't care do you all you care about is living off of the taxpayers money.
OllieD September 20, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Alisa - A lot of area for disagreements and facts in need of fact-check in your post, however I will limit my reply to a couple of areas in which I have some questions: First, since you mentioned it - REDISTRIBUTION - or the taking of monies from income tax payers and giving it to those who are not paying income tax, the 46%. Does that mean you desire to end Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, aid to dependent children, student loans, etc., etc., etc. Would love to examine your views 14 years ago to see if I could find a brief quote out of context I could use about yourself. I watched both the Republican and Democratic conventions, and didn't realize that "God" was not allowed in the Democratic convention. First, seeing as God is all powerful, not sure how someone could keep him out of anywhere he/she might want to go. Second, seems to me that many speakers gave thanks to God in one way of another. Yes, was removed from their platform and re-inserted right away when the error was spotted. Seems to me when the Republicans passed their platform positions, it included the outlaw of abortions with NO exceptions including the health of the mother or for rape. Many of the Republicans running for office said that was not their position and besides, party platforms don't mean anything. Guess they should have said unless they were Republican platforms. Democratic platforms are the absolute truth. Now, return to Rush L.
Carol Melcher September 20, 2012 at 04:26 PM
4 words to remember before you judge Romney: YOU DIDN'T BUILD THAT
Deanie September 21, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Romney was correct! Granted there are good people who need help, but that's not what he was talking about! The ones with their hands out for freebies & now Obama opened our borders to millions for FREE STUFF! Who's gonna pay for them & the diseases they bring with them! This is out of control & now Obama went against our Laws & says you DON"T HAVE to look for work ...just come get Obama-money! AMERICANS deserve the entitlements...not illegals & freeloaders!

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