Shocking video emerged this weekend of a crowd apparently dragging a dying U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens out of a building in Libya. Don’t let that bother you too much, though; Mother Jones magazine this afternoon posted a super-secret video smuggled from a Mitt Romney campaign event that they hope will really disturb you.
In the video, shot secretly at a private fundraiser earlier this year, Romney says that much of President Barack Obama’s support in the election will come from those dependent on government.
— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) September 17, 2012
— Jim Rose (@JimRoseVSOP) September 17, 2012
Have you recovered from the shock yet?
What Romney is obviously describing is a campaign strategy that will focus on independents. He questions the value of campaigning on lowering taxes when that message will never resonate with the 47 percent of Americans who pay no federal tax.
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.
Team Obama’s Jim Messina, whose campaign earlier this year introduced us to the joys of cradle-to-grave government hand-holding though composite creation Julia, called Romney’s remarks “shocking.”
Jim Messina: "shocking" @MittRomney would "declare .. half the American people view themselves as ‘victims,’ entitled to handouts"
— Ed Henry (@edhenry) September 17, 2012
— jon gabriel (@exjon) September 17, 2012
@edhenryTV Just half? In Victimnation? I would have said around 75% .
— di butler (@dibutler) September 17, 2012
Romney went on to say that his job in the campaign was “not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” Liberal translation? Romney doesn’t care about poor people! Note, of course, that David Corn, Washington bureau chief of Mother Jones, chose to use the word “moochers” in interpreting Romney’s remarks. And in an impromptu game of telephone, liberals heard their own words in Romney’s remarks.
Romney says that "his job" is not to worry about 47% of Americans because they are lazy and will never change http://t.co/QtkuU94u
— ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) September 17, 2012
You know what Mitt Romney apparently hates? 150 million Americans.
— Chris Harris (@chris_p_harris) September 17, 2012
Now it's finally out there for you to see. Romney thought you all DESERVED to be laid off when Bain bought you.
— David Waldman (@KagroX) September 17, 2012
Mitt Romney thinks 47 percent of Americans are despicable. Luckily, he only needs 50 percent +1 to vote for him.
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) September 17, 2012
— Ben LaBolt (@BenLaBolt) September 17, 2012
Romney Disparages Obama Voters In Hidden Video http://t.co/5ZuiEDhP
— NPR Politics (@nprpolitics) September 17, 2012
Messina on Romney: "It’s hard to serve as president… when you’ve disdainfully written off half the nation.” http://t.co/LqinYX6s
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 17, 2012
“Disdainfully written off?” What do you expect from the man who was so arrogant and disdainful as to actually run against The One?
A new Rasmussen poll shows Romney with a two-point lead nationally. But leftists with their ears tightly pressed against their laptop speakers are certain they hear a nail in the Romney campaign’s coffin. For real this time.
Mark it: this video is the final stake through the heart of the Romney campaign. Election now over.
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) September 17, 2012
Romney is trying to find room to add JUST ONE MORE NAIL to his coffin
— Markos Moulitsas (@markos) September 17, 2012
Others, though, simply hear the truth.
Mother Jones Magazine Catches Romney Accurately Stating The Dynamics of the Race http://t.co/h7ngGGKa
— AoSHQ (@AoSHQ) September 17, 2012
— John Nolte (@NolteNC) September 17, 2012
No wonder the left is throwing a fit over this. Romney is telling them there's no Santa Claus. http://t.co/YV82oMu2
— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) September 17, 2012
Am I supposed to be offended by Romney's taped remarks?
— Matt Lewis (@mattklewis) September 17, 2012
In that video, Romney accurately described problems with our entitlement society. People who support an entitlement society don't like it.
— AG (@AG_Conservative) September 17, 2012
OH NOES! MORE OUTRAGEOUS SECRET VIDEO OF ROMNEY SAYING OBAMA VOTERS BELIEVE THEY ARE VICTIMS! http://t.co/oIPIg5YX
— Right Scoop (@trscoop) September 17, 2012
@trscoop I agree with you. Romney is speaking truth in those videos Of course those who are intent on bashing MR will bitch & moan.
— Laura McGinnis (@Txsleuthe) September 17, 2012
— Max Twain (@MaxTwain) September 17, 2012
— Dean Clancy (@DeanClancy) September 17, 2012
As Romney’s “caught on tape” comments made the rounds on Twitter and the evening newscasts, his communications director Gail Gitcho released this statement:
Mitt Romney wants to help all Americans struggling in the Obama economy. As the governor has made clear all year, he is concerned about the growing number of people who are dependent on the federal government, including the record number of people who are on food stamps, nearly one in six Americans in poverty, and the 23 million Americans who are struggling to find work. Mitt Romney’s plan creates 12 million new jobs in four years, grows the economy and moves Americans off of government dependency and into jobs.