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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 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 several Patch sites.]

barbara Tardanico September 23, 2012 at 03:42 AM
The mainstream media rarely mentions anything that may reflect upon the left as was recently proven during the democratic convention yet a comment from the right gets twisted all out of proportion and is played like a boken record. Truth is seriously lacking and coverups are blatant e.g. the assassination of our ambassador. Oh for the days when integrity and honesty was a virtue most would strive for.,Now we wonder who can we trust?
barbara Tardanico September 23, 2012 at 03:48 AM
I feel that Romney is not saying too much but I bet Obama is out of his mind trying to find out. You know darn well Obama will claim Romney's plans to be his. Romney is no fool and I bet he takes extra precautions against the Obama moles.
barbara Tardanico September 23, 2012 at 03:53 AM
You must have a cushy government job with a very generous pension or a government contractor.
barbara Tardanico September 23, 2012 at 03:59 AM
If you want more or even worse, vote for the person who made the mess and needs more time to complete the distruction of this land of awful people.
barbara Tardanico September 23, 2012 at 04:14 AM
You speak like an arrogant, ignorant , WIIFM democrat who has a perpetual sneer on his face as he insults everything that is decent.

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