How Will Mother Jones Internet Videos of Mitt Romney Insulting the 47% Affect the 2012 Elections? (Includes Full Video!)

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Mother Jones has released the full Mitt Romney Internet video that some are saying are pretty damning for the Romney campaign. Between insulting 47% of Americans as being lazy, entitled victims living off the government, and saying that he thinks that Palestinians aren’t interested in peace and so Romney himself is not that concerned about a middle east peace process, all in his own voice, on video, it’s hard to see how he can recover from this. Is this the sign of a new era of Internet video having the power to change entire presidential campaigns? (See the full video below!)

Mother Jones got the video from an anonymous citizen, which features Romney speaking at a private fundraiser held for him in Boca Raton. The brief clips initially released were pretty damning by themselves. In one clip, Romney says:


“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the 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…These are people who pay no income tax.”

And regarding peace in the Middle East, he said:

“I look at the Palestinians not wanting to see peace anyway, for political purposes, committed to the destruction and elimination of Israel, and these thorny issues, and I say there’s just no way.”

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He then continued to say, “My job is is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

And Romney does not seem to be worried about the full video being released, in fact, he’s hoping for it. He says that the clips are taken out of context and that the full video will make things more clear. But the clips seem to some to be quite candid, open and pretty clear in their meaning. And those people are already seething at Romney’s seemingly sweeping generalization that 47% of Americans are entitled victims who cannot – or will not – care for themselves.

The ramifications of these videos are literally unfolding at this very minute, and will likely continue to do so, leaving the question: can Internet video ruin a campaign and take down a potential presidency? These are no longer the days of someone publishing an article of damning quotes, which can be easily contested by the accused. This is Romney, in his own voice, saying things that are likely making his campaign managers and PR reps really work for their paychecks.

 

We will continue to update this story as it continue to unfolds. You can watch the released clips below:

And here’s the full video:

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One thought on “How Will Mother Jones Internet Videos of Mitt Romney Insulting the 47% Affect the 2012 Elections? (Includes Full Video!)

  1. To paraphrase a theme in the Sept.7, New York Review Of Books, and to quote Mark Twain “To be yourself is the worst advice you can give some men”! Steve

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