For all you collegiettes following the 2012 presidential race, you’ll want to hear Mitt Romney’s comments made during a private fundraiser in Boca Raton earlier this year. On May 17, a reporter brought a video camera into a Romney event at a private home. At the event, the presidential candidate spoke to donors about his thoughts regarding the “47 percent of the people” who will support president Barack Obama in the coming election, Mother Jones reports.
In the video that was leaked on September 17, Romney characterized Obama’s supporters as people “who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims.” He mentions that these 47 percent “are people who pay no income tax,” and he goes on to say that his “job is not to worry about those people,” at least in terms of winning them over for his campaign. The videos were originally blurred to protect the source, but Mother Jones has since uploaded a number of clear video clips documenting more of Romney’s comments from the event.
Romney held a press conference on Monday evening to defend his statements, stating that the comments were taken out of context and that they were made in response to a question. Romney did acknowledge that the comments were “not elegantly stated” and that they were “spoken off the cuff,” according to reports from the AP and the Huffington Post.
Media headlines this morning covered various reactions to Romney’s comments, with political pundits from both sides weighing in on Romney’s original comments and Monday night’s press conference. The consensus is fairly unanimous: no matter where you stand politically, it’s not a good day to be Mitt Romney.