Will the "Secret Video" Spell Trouble for Mitt Romney's Campaign?
David Corn of Mother Jones today published "secret video" of Mitt Romney, which he reports was taped during Romney's appearance at a private fundraiser held by private equity manager Marc Leder in Boca Raton, Florida on May 17. In the video, Romney describes the "47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what" as "entitled" people who "pay no income tax." Romney tonight confirmed the video is of him speaking, noting that his comments were not "elegantly stated."
From the video:
"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."
Several reporters (including Corn himself and David A. Graham of The Atlantic) have called into question the veracity of Romney's numbers, while others (such as Alex Klein of the Daily Beast) say the 47 percent statistic is more or less correct.
The Candidates React to the Story
The Obama campaign touted the story on Twitter soon after it broke:
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 18, 2012
In a press conference tonight, Romney stood by his comments, and requested that the entire tape would be released: