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.

[Editor's note: This item is posted on many Southern New England Patch sites.]

Brandt Hardin September 19, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Now will there be any doubt that a Romney administration would favor the rich and increase the income gap in our country? Mitt is a pariah in Mormon Clothing and will stop at nothing to expand an empire of greed for the rich in this country by expanding tax cuts for the 1% of the wealthiest Americans. He’s out to gut the Middle Class for every red cent he can get. Will his sacred Mormon underwear grant him the protection and money to buy this election? See for yourself as Mitt dons his tighty-whities sent down from the Good Lord Himself at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/05/mitt-romneys-magic-mormon-underwear.html
Kevin George September 19, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Replace Mormon with Jew and see how it sounds.
bmf September 20, 2012 at 01:25 PM
lori September 20, 2012 at 04:43 PM
If Romney's religion is an issue, Obama's religion should have people concerned. According to Obama 's book "Dreams From My Father " Obama joined Rev Wright's Trinity Church on Chicago's south side. Wright is a Anti -American, white -bashing pastor who blamed the 911 attacks on the U.S.A. Many of Wrights Anti -American sermons can be found nonlinear...Obama claims that those controversial words escaped him. Even though he sat through such sermons given by the man he chose to marry him and his wife, and bless his two daughters when born --he denies being influenced by this man. He left Wright in 2008 only because of political pressure to do so...and Obama titled
lori September 20, 2012 at 04:45 PM
his next book after the Rev. Wright --"Audacity of Hope".
Alicarn September 20, 2012 at 06:59 PM
The whole religion thing about Obama's pastor kind of irks me. Reverent Wright seems to be a pretty disgusting human being and the Obama's were right to leave that church (for whatever reason.) But how much of this man's behavior can be blamed on the Obama's? I suppose it's a good thing there are no catholics running for president, because we could have a field day with the behaviors of priests, bishops and the pope. As for Romney, his experiences as governor of Massachusetts and head of Bain have proven what a disaster he would be as president. His actions and words have shown complete disdain for most American citizens.
lori September 27, 2012 at 08:28 PM
that is the point...Obama only left Wright's church, in 2008 because of political pressure, or they would still be membors. Obama claims that after 20 years (again, TWENTY YEARS)listening to his sermoms that Wright's words escaped him. Even though he sat through such sermoms, he chose to marry him and his wife, and bless his two daughters when born...but Obama denies being influenced by this man. Do you remember 911-how sad. Can you imagine going to a church on Sunday and hearing a sermon that Americans deserved to be attacked and all the congregants cheering. That was Obama's church. If this isn't enough...Obama claims he is for the middle class!? His policies have failed the middle class...but favored the rich! From Wall Street bailouts, Bank bailouts and bonuses for these executives, while middle class are losing their homes, median income down, household debt up... I say it's time to give someone else a chance!
lori September 27, 2012 at 08:30 PM
***members **sermons
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