Mitt Romney videos leaked: Republican presidential candidate talks President Obama voters
Nonprofit news organization Mother Jones has posted several videos Monday (Sept. 17) that they say are from a private Mitt Romney fundraiser -- "to protect the confidential source who provided the video, we have blurred some of the image, and we will not identify the date or location of the event, which occurred after Romney had clinched the Republican presidential nomination," writes Mother Jones.
In the videos, Romney purportedly speaks quite candidly about the campaign and his opponent, President Obama.
Romney says of the Obama voters:
There are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47% 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 ... my job is is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.
Romney also allegedly says of his father, "My dad, as you probably know, was the governor of Michigan and was the head of a car company. But he was born in Mexico ... and, uh, had he been born of, uh, Mexican parents, I'd have a better shot at winning this. But he was unfortunately born to Americans living in Mexico.... I mean I say that jokingly, but it would be helpful to be Latino."
Meanwhile, both political parties have released statements regarding the videos.
Romney's camp says in a 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.
And the Obama statement reads:
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.
There are several more videos at Mother Jones and the site teases there are more pieces to come from these anonymously-shared Romney videos.