Elections 2012: Romney Says in a Video That Obama Voters Are ‘Dependent On Government’

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney dismissed supporters of President Barack Obama – almost half of U.S. voters – as people who live off government handouts and do not “care for their lives,” in a potentially damaging video.

The overwhelming majority of voters who back President Barack Obama do so because they are “dependent on government” and “believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing,” Mitt Romney told a closed-door gathering of about 30 major donors earlier this year, according to video of the event that has surfaced on the Internet. Photo: MittRomney.com

A secret recording from a closed-door Mitt Romney fundraiser, released today by David Corn at Mother Jones, has killed Mitt Romney’s campaign for president, predicts Bloomberg.

“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,” Romney said in a hidden-camera video of his remarks at a private fundraiser earlier this year.

“My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. What I have to do is convince the 5 to 10 percent in the center that are independents,” Romney said in remarks convincing donors to write checks for his campaign.

The person who uploaded a series of potentially inflammatory videos from the fundraiser has claimed authorship of them in an email exchange with The Huffington Post.

“I have obviously degraded the quality to attempt to camo the location,” said the clandestine filmmaker.

According to The Huff Post, in one of the videos, Romney lamented, in a joking way, that he would have a better chance of being elected if his father had been ethnically Mexican, rather than born to white parents living in Mexico.

“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,” Romney said. “But he was unfortunately born to Americans living in Mexico. … I mean I say that jokingly, but it would be helpful to be Latino.”

In another video, Romney talks about his success. “Both my dad and [wife] Ann’s dad did quite well in their lives. But when they came to the end of their lives and passed along the inheritance to Ann and me, we both decided to give it all away. So I have inherited nothing. Everything that Ann and I have, we earned the old-fashioned way.”

“There’s a perception that all of you were born with a silver spoon. You know, you never had to earn anything and so forth,” Romney said to the donors. “Frankly, I was born with a silver spoon, which is the greatest gift you can have — which is to get born in America.”

Later Romney tried to explain what he had actually mean, but the explanation turned out to be even worse than the videos themselves.

Romney said that a video clip in which he said that nearly half of Americans think they are “victims” was “not elegantly stated.” But he said President Barack Obama’s approach is “attractive to people who are not paying taxes.”

The tape was released in the middle of a difficult time for Romney, as his campaign team on Monday fought off a report of disarray in his inner circle, writes Reuters. The former private-equity executive promised to retool his message with more specifics on policies.

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