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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 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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