Mitt Romney's '47 percent disaster': A campaign killer?

A secret video surfaces showing Mitt telling wealthy donors that nearly half of voters are Obama supporters who pay no taxes and mooch off the government

"There are 47 percent who are with [Obama]," Mitt Romney said in May, "who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to
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Mitt Romney's campaign burst into full damage-control mode late Monday, after the liberal magazine Mother Jones posted a secret video in which the GOP presidential candidate writes off 47 percent of Americans as Obama supporters who pay no federal income taxes and are "dependent on government." (See the video below.) Romney says these people see themselves as "victims" and feel "entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it," all courtesy of the government. "They will vote for the president no matter what," Romney says in the video, captured in May at a $50,000-a-plate fundraiser at the Boca Raton, Fla., home of investment banker Marc Leder. "[M]y job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives." Romney said late Monday that his remarks weren't "elegantly stated," and were merely an "off the cuff" attempt to contrast his "free-market approach" to Obama's "government-centered society." Obama aides said the president's re-election campaign might soon use Romney's comments in ads — a move that would mirror Republican attempts to exploit Obama's infamous statement during a 2008 campaign fundraiser that "bitter" rural voters "cling to their guns or religion." Of course, Romney's damaging "47 percent" comments surfaced as his campaign was already on the ropes. Will the "47 percent disaster" be the final blow that ends his hopes of reaching the White House?

Romney is finished: This video "has killed Mitt Romney's campaign for president," says Josh Barro at Bloomberg. The uber-wealthy Mitt was already having a hard time "convincing people he cares about them." Now he has been caught on video essentially calling nearly half the country "hopeless losers." We've long been wondering what the often-opaque Romney is really thinking — now we know he's secretly dripping with contempt for Americans who are struggling, and burning with desire to raise their taxes. What an "utter disaster."

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