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Speak Out: Mitt Romney on Obama Voters

In secret video, GOP presidential candidate says almost half the nation is "victims who depend on the government."

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is dealing with the fallout over a video - taken at a private fundraiser and leaked to left-leaning Mother Jones magazine - in which Romney said nearly half the country are voters who don't pay taxes and  are "dependent on government" and "believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing,"

Romney said at the fundraiser in Florida earlier this year that 47 percent of the country is going to vote for President Barack Obama for those reasons. He says it is his job to attract swing voters.

Romney later said his statement was "not elegantly stated" and was "spoken off the cuff."  

Read more about the video and reaction here and the Obama campaign's response here.

Romney is trailing Obama in Virginia, according to latest poll numbers.

Romney was in Fairfax County last week, but stuck to his usual stump speech, route: {:controller=>"articles", :action=>"show", :id=>"romney-talks-about-jobs-at-rally-in-fairfax"} -->. He also spoke about the economy in a

Karen Goff September 19, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Sadly, Patch was not around in 2008, which is when Obama said that. So....let's stick to the topic of what did you think of the leaked video and what Mitt Romney said, this week, in the 2012 campaign.
Tammi Petrine September 19, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Oh my! I don't know which is more shocking: the cruelty and arrogance of Romney's remarks or the fact that anyone chooses to defend such an ill-advised, ignorant statement after this public debacle was been dissected by every manor of press, analysts and academics including his very own conservative pundits. Oh my! I don't know which is more shocking: the cruelty and arrogance of Romney's remarks or the fact that anyone chooses to defend such an ill-advised, ignorant statement after this public debacle was been dissected by every manner of press, analysts and academics including his very own conservative pundits. Lordy, please read the tax codes and ponder WHY 47% pay no taxes! Could it be that the 1% have horded too much wealth for the poorer 1/2 to be ABLE to pay INCOME taxes. And drop the crap that the 1% create the jobs. They do not. People like Romney are the worst patriots ever, destroying companies just to make a freaking buck. What kind of morality is there in that??? Or is the Golden Rule out of favor with Mitt's conservative base? No need to answer. Lesson: Learn to love your fellow man before your wallet. To think that being poor equals not working hard is the height of voluntary ignorance Seems to me, given the statistic that 47% don't qualify to pay taxes, that we have a lot of work to do to bring our population into the sunshine again. Our country needs to be a better place for everyone.
Curmudgeon September 19, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Amen! This is an excellent point. I don't think either party is now able to attract its best and brightest. Who would want to endure a national race to win votes from people who, for the most part, seem to have their minds made up before Super Tuesday?
Rebecca September 19, 2012 at 05:11 PM
That has become current again due to the bringing up of videos like these. It is being talked about now. The patch should stick to things like where the candidates are going to be locally etc unless it is going to cover other videos like our current President saying things like Egypt not being an ally and apologizing for a private citizen making a video instead of standing up to our free speech amendment. I agree that this gotcha stuff is annoying. But it does just makes the patch appear biased to show one video of one candidate when the other is saying unappealing things as well. Unless that is the business patch wants to get into anyway. Personally, this isn't the type of thing I read the patch for and probably won't continue if this is where it is going.
Karen Goff September 19, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Rebecca - First of all, it is Patch, not the Patch. Second of all, the Romney video is newsy because it was the news of the day yesterday - with reaction to it leading on all cable and network news programming, and in all newspapers, taking it far, far beyond regular campaign dispatches. Third of all, it is news because people in Reston are talking about it and they vote. Finally, even though I was seeking comments from readers, I am now closing the comments because too many people can't follow directions. The question was "what do you think of the video?" not "What do you think of Patch posting the video?"

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