Was Romney Right About the 47 Percent or Will This Doom His Campaign?

Mitt Romney visits Atlanta on the week Mother Jones releases a video of him 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 politica

Gov. Mitt Romney was in Atlanta Wednesday at a fundraiser at the Marriott Marquis.

In a speech to GOP supporters, the Republican Presidential candidate responded to claims that he’s brushed aside half the country and countered that it is he, not President Barack Obama, who is the best candidate to help better the lives of America’s poor.

Romney, who was introduced by Gov. Nathan Deal, highlighted the perceived failures of Obama’s economic strategies and said he could help the middle class and poor and fix America’s economy if elected.

Read more from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about Romney's Wednesday visit here.  

Romney’s visit came just days after a secret video obtained by Mother Jones magazine rocked the political world. In that video, 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 later released the full video.

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 question came from Jamaica Plain NY Patch.)

Eric H September 21, 2012 at 10:48 PM
So when President Obama proposes an economically logical* plan to close the deficit without badly hurting the recovery by reverting the tax on income over...that's over...$250,000 (after deductions I might add) from 35% to 37% he gets labeled as engaging in Class Warfare. yet Romney, for fundraising purposes, attacks 47% of the population as nothing but moochers? Whose really doing class warfare here? And its the most dangerous type, the type where they smile in your face while telling you they are for you. True without our police, justice system, regulatory system and military complex the 2% might not be able to protect their intellectual property or other profit making property as well. But necessarily wealth = power so that is the measure: The National wealth numbers: Top 1% have 34.4% of national wealth Top 10-2% have 40.1% of national wealth __________ Top 10% total = 74.5% of national wealth The rest of us or the other 90% = 35.5% So to say that a group whose share of the national wealth for the top went up while the rest of our share of wealth declined is a victim of over taxation or of class warfare doesn't hold water. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/19/households-wealth-american-1-percent_n_1687015.html
Eric H September 21, 2012 at 10:48 PM
*I say economically logical because the recovery depends on consumer confidence which leads to consumer spending. Think of George Bush Jr. asking all Americans to be good Americans by spending in order to recover from 9/11 and fund the Iraq war. Anyway, if you raise taxes on the middle class that will likely result in dollar for dollar reductions in spending and thus the economic recovery will be hurt. However raising the tax by only 2 percentage points on income after deductions that is over $250,000 (or $200,000 for individuals) will not result in dollar to dollar spending but will allow for reduction of the deficit and/or government spending to stimulate more economic growth and job creation.
JBnATL September 22, 2012 at 02:58 AM
So when President Obama who has visited Atlanta, was quoted in a audio recording that he is for income redistribution, why is this not a Patch question? Shouldn't this socialist comment also doom the Obama campaign? Or is it the fact that the Patch is part of the AOL/Huffington Post make this a mute question?
Ron Dowling September 22, 2012 at 10:12 AM
You lost all your credibility in one drunken post, Bill.
don Gabacho September 23, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Obama certainly needed the media to divert from the still unmet attacks on the US throughout the Muslim world. So? Jimmy Carter's grandson, and the media, come to Obama's rescue. While of course still nothing by the media on the MxGov being provided and using our voter registration forms. Thanks in part to: 1992 November 2 thru 4: Having been invited by the Carter Center and State of Georgia to be shown U.S. Presidential elections in progress in Georgia, spokesperson for the Mexican political officials, academics, political analysts, and grass-roots personnel that had been organized concludes: "U.S. elections would be so easy to manipulate!" http://muse.jhu.edu/login?uri=/journals/journal_of_democracy/v011/11.4pastor.html Dr. Robert Pastor Founding Director of the Carter Center's Americas Program & Author of "Toward a North American Community" (Institute for International Economics, 2001)" http://www.american.edu/sis/faculty/facultybiographies/pastor.htm Robert Pastor E-Mail: rpastor@american.edu


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