Romney’s comments rock campaignRepublican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks to reporters about the secretly taped video.
Tue, September 18, 2012 - 1:39 PM
Washington (CNN) -- Seven weeks before voters decide on their next president, a secretly recorded video threatens to further undo Republican candidate Mitt Romney by portraying him as out of touch with ordinary Americans.
Taped with a hidden camera at a private fund-raising event in May, the video shows Romney telling his donors that nearly half of Americans back President Barack Obama because they rely on government support.
"There are 47 per cent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what," Romney says in one clip first posted on Monday afternoon. "There are 47 per cent who are with him, who are dependent on government, who believe that, that they are victims, who believe that government has the responsibility to care for them. Who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing."
It's the latest in what has been a shaky stretch for the Romney campaign following last month's political conventions and as the candidates hurtle toward three presidential debates next month.
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