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

nimrod September 19, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Right or wrong,stick a fork in him...he's done.
Common Sense September 19, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Extremely insightful comment Nimrod...your name befits your intelligence. Typical progressive liberal response. Actually Gov. Romney may have been a little too conservative in his number. It's probably more like 49-50% and at least 20-30% of that are fraudulent claims for benefits. That is why this City, State and Country are in such a mess. No personal responsibility or self worth.
Yvette M Ayotte September 19, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Romney is right on the money!!! My question at this time is, the video was recorded in May, why are they bringing it out now???? Right!!!
Steve September 19, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Common Sense, the screen name fits you well! 100% agree, hopefully this is a preview of his campaign going forward. Finally, someone who is telling it like it really is, calling out the deadbeats and illegals of this country. I still look back at the one comment "It's Obama's money" he's so good to me! If there's only one reason to vote for Romney, it's his energy policy. Let's get this done.......
nimrod September 19, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Your assumption that i'm a "liberal" befits your intelligence,i'm neither liberal or conservative.He's finished.
Master Cylinder September 19, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Well.aren't you just the enlightened one.
Common Sense September 20, 2012 at 01:01 AM
The only people that disagree with that statement are the bleeding heart liberals or the non-contributor leeches who suck the blood out of every community they infest...which one are you?
Steve September 20, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Well MC, your first post to the patch is a sarcastic response. Nice job! Hopefully you can put a little effort into future tidbits of wisdom.......
nimrod September 20, 2012 at 03:18 PM
He's not just done,he's well done.I don't like either one of them,but he's just plain stupid for running off at the mouth like that.Sucking up for money by telling people what they want to hear about 47% of the people paying no taxes when it's a complete lie.I'll give Obama credit,he's a better liar than Romney is.
Steve September 20, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Hey Nimrod, do some homework before your next post OK? Roughly 46 percent of U.S. households paid no federal income tax last year, but they're not all poor. Some middle-income and wealthy families escape income tax for several reasons. Why these people don't pay: About half don't earn enough money for a household of their size to owe income tax. For example, a family of four earning less than $26,400 wouldn't pay. About 22 percent get tax breaks for senior citizens that offset their income. About 15 percent get tax breaks for the working poor or low-income parents. Almost 3 percent get tax breaks for college tuition or other education expenses. Who they are: The vast majority have below-average earnings: Among all who don't owe, 9 out of 10 make $50,000 or less. But some of the wealthy escape taxes, including about 4,000 households earning more than $1 million a year. Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/mitt-romney-47-percent-a-breakdown-article-1.1163547#ixzz271bXF700
nimrod September 20, 2012 at 05:05 PM
I'm the one that wants you to go to work so i can get a free Obama phone.Happy?
nimrod September 20, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Stop with the numbers game,it's all BS.Believe in your master...he'll take you to the promised land.Vote for Obama too,he'll take you there too.No politcal religion for me,it's all a smokescreen.When Dems or Repubs want raises they're as thick as thieves.
Steve September 20, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Well Nimrod, I say you go occupy something then, a park, a street, a sidewalk, something were you can really state how you feel other than voting ok? I think you would look good in one of those "V" masks........
nimrod September 21, 2012 at 12:27 AM
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/romney-fundraiser-host-used-controversial-202459680.html Here's your boy's buddy showing everyone how to game the system at the top.
Novan for Life October 03, 2012 at 01:55 AM
well i hate to differ but that 47% comment and his pal ryans 30% comment will sink the Romney/Ryan radical out of touch campaign and the polling numbers show it FORWARD
Novan for Life October 03, 2012 at 02:01 AM
no mitt romney is done

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