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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 said it would release the full video by late Tuesday afternoon. UPDATE: 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 all Boston Patch sites.]

Ryan September 22, 2012 at 09:58 PM
you aren't a leech then. you worked for many years and that was a savings program. Im talking about the ones who leech off unemployment and work the system, which is a lot of people. you paid into medicare, you deserve it, if you have kids they will never get that because it is run so poorly...and you should get social security too, I pay for that now and will never get anything back but I know even if I never get it, we have to keep paying into it because country would collapse without it. Most federally run programs are run poorly and we will see that with healthcare shortly...already costing way more than obama projected for obamacare...go figure...
Joe Kanoguy September 22, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Bull$#1t, Ryan wants to kill Medicare and give me a coupon? Romney vows to repeal (and not replace) Obamacare. or is it National Massachusetts Romneycare. I'm 72, diabetic with minor coronary problems. Where am I going to get medical insurance with a friggin' coupon?
Jim Aspen September 23, 2012 at 09:18 AM
Pelosi: Raise Taxes On All Workers The Social Security payroll tax cut should be allowed to expire at the end of this year and lawmakers should turn instead to overhauling the entire federal tax code, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Friday. Read more: http://nation.foxnews.com/pelosi/2012/09/22/pelosi-raise-taxes-all-workers#ixzz27FV5qazT That's the MIDDLE CLASS folks.
Marianne Faithfull September 23, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Why the economy tanked, 101: Early "70's": Nixon takes USA off gold standard. Late 90's: Clinton Hit Man Greenspan manipulates prime, Dow hits 10k for first time (instant false economy). Mid-late 2000's: False-economy housing market bubble pops, "too big to fail" Pres bails out crimminal banks and performs a modern version of devaluing state specie by creating stimulus (printing funny money). Wake up fools, nothng has gotten better, you're only used to how bad it has become. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
Ryan September 23, 2012 at 05:23 PM
joe, what you mean I want to give you coupons? I don't get it.

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