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?


secret video obtained by Mother Jones magazine has rocked the political world. In that video, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said "...  there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what..." according to a transcript in the Washington Post.

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 said it would release the full video by late Tuesday afternoon.

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.

M C Stringfellow September 23, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Sonny, I've never been to the moon. I guess I was lucky, my husband worked for the Airlines and we moved quite often, not to mention being able to travel. Best places I lived "Watertown MA and Buffalo NY. Worst place I lived "Houston, TX(people are great, heat unbearable). I did not go to college, but my education came from elsewhere. I've seen and heard a lot about this country from the people not the politicians. Can you say the same? I have a request, do not call me widow Stringfellow. We know longer live in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Women are no longer property of the men they marry. I am an individual and will remain such. If you have to call me widow, use it when you are really perturbed not being sarcastic Hope your day is a good one.
M C Stringfellow September 23, 2012 at 02:37 PM
No chapters. Just moving. American Airlines after he graduated form GT. I only lived in Mississippi for 3 years. Graduated from High School there. Then on to Atlanta( 4yrs) To NYC (American Airlines), Buffalo, Chicago, back to Boston, Dallas, and Houston. Took 19 years. Finally settled in Georgia when my husband left the Airlines and went to work for Pratt Whitney and finally went to work for Oracle as a software consultant. Life has been good and I have been blessed. Wouldn't have changed a thing, except to have my husband here with me and a cure for he illness that took his life. Sorry my life wasn't more exciting for you, but I do have many stories and many friends that I met along the way.
Earnhardt September 23, 2012 at 08:58 PM
To add to that. The United States has lost almost 50,000 manufacturing jobs per month for almost 2.000.000 jobs under Obama.We still have 8% unemployment, and actually there are more unemployed Americans right now than there are working in manufacturing. China is the number one supplier of critical parts for our defense industry and we owe them 1 trillion (as of now) in debt! After 4 years Obama has not improved our economy, he has made it even worse. You cannot blame the Bush administration for that! It is time for a change. At that rate it will not be long before China owns all of us. Think about it!
MoonBeamWatcher September 23, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Earnhardt, forget not that Obama so loved the poor that he labored long and hard to create millions more! *see below you with IQ's equal to the number of teeth in your head! *(We should al try to remember that government doesn't create wealth it COLLECTS it and SPENDS it as fast as it can!)
J. Parker September 24, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Mara, oh yes, I paid plenty of taxes over my lifetime. I worked from the age of 16 and grew to own a small business. Now, I'm retired and saved enough to skimp by on my SSI, which btw gets taxed. Gov. Romney was talking about those that use the system having never paid into it and those that think they should.


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