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SOUND OFF: 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.

Ron Goodenow September 22, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Oh Linda, you are discounting the wonderful entertainment of watching Romney's party come apart at the seams. Though if you were to read Peggy Noonan, the editor of the Nat Review, Joe Scarborough, and a host of GOP gurus, pundits and office holders the appetizers are already on the table and the knives are being sharpened some more. As for Romney, he'll be another Tom Dewey and be lucky if he can sit on his Wolfeboro dock.
Linda Worthy September 23, 2012 at 01:25 AM
I have read Noonan and Scarborough. On Thursday, Noonan said she was just being polite when she said Romney's campaign was "incompetent" -- what she meant to say was that it was a "rolling calamity". I have also heard of several Republicans who are up for re-election, including Brown, running swiftly away from Romney's 47%. Indeed, the knives are being sharpened. I might worry, however, that Romney would buy the whole damn lake & privatize it. But there is also some regret here. I do not want to see the Republican party vaporized. We need two parties, if not three. There are some good people who happen to be Republicans. I don't agree with their politics but I do hope some of them can resurrect the party -- or start their own -- and be free of the extremists. Hillary in 2016 !!!!
Ron Goodenow September 23, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Linda, here is the best single piece I have read from a conservative critic: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/michael-gerson-a-republican-mind-set-without-promise/2012/09/20/798901f8-0344-11e2-91e7-2962c74e7738_story.html I don't know where the talent is. There are folks who wish Brown was in another state, but after his character attacks on Warren the other night I think he is just another sad story of a good person having too much conservative gas. Or whatever it is that goes into those anatomical tailpipes. I liked him til he went with Blunt. Terrible amendment. Careless and lazy, and it will cost him. I do no know where these guys get the idea that they are so morally superior.
Linda Worthy September 23, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Ron, I read Gerson's article several times. I think he illustrated the Republican's problem -- at least as I see it -- and a path to their possible resurrection, very succinctly. I hope that after November, this line of thinking takes hold with many Republicans.
* September 24, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Wow!! The Election Day this year will be yet, another Powerful Day in Our Nation's History! Let us see, if it will turn out as many as it did four years ago? Where's Ross Perot when you need him? Make a great day happen, whenever you can now! Enjoy!

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