Yesterday, Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign took a hit when David Corn from Mother Jones released a video, shot in May, of the candidate’s private fundraisers in which he said:
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.
This wasn’t a gaffe. The problem with the statement is not only that he alienated half the country with a single sound bite, but that it’s a succinct representation of the GOP view of the country since the rise of the Tea Party. He’s saying that all entitled freeloaders are Democrats, and that all Democrats are entitled freeloaders. People were pissed off. People were calling it the end of the campaign.
So last night around 10 p.m., Romney called a press conference, where he challenged Mother Jones to publish the rest of the video so that all his statements in context. Early this afternoon, they did, in two parts. You can watch them below:
We didn’t expect the secret video to hold any more expected treasures, as there’d be no reason for Mother Jones to pull any punches. But Romney did have something to say about the current tensions between Israel and Palestine.
I look at the Palestinians not wanting to see peace anyway, for political purposes, committed to the destruction and elimination of Israel, and these thorny issues, and I say, “There’s just no way.” And so what you do is you say, “You move things along the best way you can.” You hope for some degree of stability, but you recognize that this is going to remain an unsolved problem. We live with it in China and Taiwan. All right, we have a potentially volatile situation but we sort of live with it, and we kick the ball down the field and hope that ultimately, somehow, something will happen and resolve it.
The biggest takeaway here is his “47 percent” statement, which the Obama campaign has already jumped on in a rather nasty ad. And while some conservatives have denounced Romney, many are urging him to stand by it even though, you know, it’s complete bullshit, and makes him look every bit as elitist as the country believes he is. The Obama ad is below.