Will the Leaked Romney Videotape Sink His Campaign?

A video of Mitt Romney at a private fundraiser shows him speaking about Obama voters as entitled people who don't pay taxes.

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is being slammed by President Obama's campaign after a video of Romney saying he won't worry about winning the votes of low-income Americans was released by Mother Jones. Video of the event, which took place in May, shows Romney talking about Obama supporters as being freeloaders who don't pay any taxes and expect the government to provide for them:

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 healthcare, to food, to housing, to you-name-it.

Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn't connect. So he'll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich. I mean that's what they sell every four years. And so my job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.

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The Obama campaign responded in a statement, pointing to Romney's remarks at the private fundraiser as proof he only cares about the wealthy:

It's shocking that a candidate for president of the United States would go behind closed doors and declare to a group of wealthy donors that half the American people view themselves as 'victims,' entitled to handouts, and are unwilling to take 'personal responsibility' for their lives … It's hard to serve as president for all Americans when you've disdainfully written off half the nation.

Romney held a press conference Monday evening to address the leaked video, and said his comments weren't "elegantly stated" and he was "speaking off the cuff" in response to a question from an event attendee.

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"Of course I want to help all Americans—all Americans—have a bright and prosperous future," Romney said.

The Obama campaign has worked to paint the millionaire as out of touch with regular Americans, and unable to understand their struggles.

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