Did Mitt Romney just blow the election?

Comments caught on video reveal that the GOP candidate thinks half of Americans are losers. This is an utter disaster for his campaign.

By MSNMoney partner Sep 18, 2012 12:16PM

Bloomberg logoBy Josh Barro

 

You can mark my prediction now: A secret recording from a closed-door Mitt Romney fundraiser, released Monday by David Corn at Mother Jones, has killed Mitt Romney's campaign for president.

 

On the tape, Romney explains that his electoral strategy involves writing off nearly half the country as unmoveable Obama voters. As Romney explains, 47 percent of Americans "believe that they are victims." He laments: "I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."

 

So what's the upshot? "My job is not to worry about those people," he says. He also notes, describing President Obama's base, "These are people who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax."

 

This is an utter disaster for Romney.

 

Romney already has trouble relating to the public and convincing people he cares about them. Now, he's been caught on video saying that nearly half the country consists of hopeless losers.

 

Romney has been vigorously denying President Obama's claims that his tax plan would raise taxes on the middle class. Now, he's been caught on video suggesting that low- and middle-income Americans are undertaxed.

 

That one is especially problematic, given the speculation about what's on his unreleased pre-2010 tax returns.

 

Corn tells us there are more embarrassing moments on segments of the video he hasn't released yet. Romney jokes that he'd be more likely to win the election if he were Hispanic. He makes some awkward comments about whether he was born with a "silver spoon" in his mouth.

 

But those are survivable. The really disastrous thing is the clip about "victims," and the combination of contempt and pity that Romney shows for anyone who isn't going to vote for him.

 

Romney is the most opaque presidential nominee since Nixon, and people have been reduced to guessing what his true feelings are. This video provides an answer: He feels that you're a loser. It's not an answer that wins elections.


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Sep 18, 2012 2:49PM
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Are the right-wingers commenting here for real? They defend what Romney is saying?? I'm a Dem, and I work, and I'm not dependant. WOW - hard to believe, eh? So every Democrat is a welfare-receiving loser?? This guy doesn't even deserve to continue his governorship.

Sep 18, 2012 2:47PM
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Furthermore, a lot of people who "pay no taxes", do in fact work and have payroll taxes deducted every check. The reason they "pay no taxes" is because they are often a family of four people and their gross is under 50K a year, so they get all their payroll taxes refunded.

Again, it is what it is. It's not a great economy, but that is not Obama's fault, or Bush's. Those better paying jobs have been being exported for decades.

And again, I would not trade places with anyone trying to raise two or three kids on 50K, no matter where they live in the US.
Sep 18, 2012 2:46PM
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I love this crap!  Our media is so untrustworthy that this is what is now considered news.

 

I don't think Romney ever had a chance to win and this comment won't change a thing. 

 

Also, to be clear - this quote is being taken out of context and out of the audience for which it was intended.  It doesn't mean that Romney won't govern 100% of Americans.  He's talking about getting votes - he doesn't have to worry about getting votes from this 47% of Americans.  It's probably accurate.  What's wrong with that? 

 

Oh wait, we prefer our politicians to lie to us.  George Bush did it, and Obama does it.  Hell, even Bubba Clinton - I did not have sex with that woman - did it.  That's what we like because we just want to be sedated as a country.  Please more morphine...

Sep 18, 2012 2:46PM
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If hard working Americans were paid better, more of them would pay income tax. 46.6% of them do not qualify, because the government has said that they are paid so little for the work that they do, that they do not have to pay Federal Income Tax. Most of those people pay payroll taxes, and we all know they pay sales tax, so what is he talking about? Romney considers these hardworking Americans losers. Do you want him as your president? He has said he does not care about you, and despite his stammering in front of a microphone last night, he does not. Let's not forget, he was a supporter of the War In Vietnam, when he was old enough to serve, but instead he recieved three deferments. This is a guy who thinks we should start a business with a loan from our parents, clearly has no idea of the hardships most Americans face from cradle to grave. What a Patriot!
Sep 18, 2012 2:44PM
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Blew what??LOL this article is a joke and is lame stream media at its best welfare people are slaves you blow hard laughable piece of journalistic **** get a life and give up journalism
Sep 18, 2012 2:43PM
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Maybe people will actually respect the truth.  If half of American's were not clearly stupid Obama wouldn't be the president, let alone in a position where he expects to be re-elected.
Sep 18, 2012 2:43PM
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Ha Ha Told ya so. He is of the elite and unles you are filthy rich Dem or Rep you mean nothing to Mutton Romney.
Sep 18, 2012 2:42PM
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My parents worked until my dad was 70, then started collecting Social Security.  He was laid off twice during his work career, living off savings while out of work.  He died at age 80 (8 years ago).  My mom now lives off his Social Security, and pays no income tax because she gets roughly $1600 per month.  Do either of my parents sound like deadbeat losers?  If you think so, you are twisted.  If you don't think so, but still think Romney is correct in his assessment of the 47%, you need to do some more research.

There are absolutely people who take advantage of the system.  That percentage is FAR less than 47%, and can't be conveniently grouped as "the people that pay no federal income tax".


Sep 18, 2012 2:41PM
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I've always said long ago,ROMNEY was an arrogant self seeking FRAUD and could care less about the majority of the citizens of the U S of America and this tape of him proves it,he cut over half of the people in the U S out of even being worthwhile according to him, and and really even his so called compadres- what do you think...this guy is such a backstabbing **** that do you really think any of you are safe or needed if he decides that YOU DON'T FIT MITT ""the self proclaimed god "" ROMNEYS' so called self serving standards...you people better also take a second look because this guy cares nothing about anyone except himself..he's ruthless jerk...and that's putting it kindly...
Sep 18, 2012 2:39PM
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Truth hurts.....the only ones not voting for him now are the 47% he is speaking of, who weren't voting for him in the first place. In my opinion, he will gain a few votes from those on the fence.
Sep 18, 2012 2:38PM
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My wife is from Europe where they do not care for the lazy people and they thrive there. You get what you work for and lazy people get jobs if they want to eat and thats fair and they do not reward them for being worthless like we do here in the USA
Sep 18, 2012 2:36PM
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Its unfortunate for Mitt that he told the truth and people in this 47% dont care if he is right because they do not want to lose thier free ride. I bet if government took away the free ride there would be very little people not working .I get tired of seeing people driveing Lincolns and using thier free food card and spending $30 a day in lottery. Its pitiful that 47% of the people think they desevre it and dont do anything about it and the guy that worked hard his whole life to have what he has only for government to take more from them so the free loaders can have now the Hummer instead of the Lincoln. Its so obvious what the problem is here in the USA its called laziness. Older people have paid maybe $40,000 thier entire life to social security, but the free loaders get that every year in free food , housing, cell phones and medical. Soon the hard working people will have no choice but to take thier businesses over seas where there is no tax on being successful and no welfare system. Or just plan revolt.
Sep 18, 2012 2:35PM
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So,he's right and he said it. The truth is the truth. I will vote for him.

Sep 18, 2012 2:31PM
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We have fostered the loser syndrome since the early 1960's when welfare started to become rampant. Giving able bodied lazy people money for doing nothing because all the jobs are beneath their dignity has never worked. Now we have 3 and 4 generations of parasites who seem to believe they are entitled, try moving to Africa, Haiti or any other no European based country and see how far you get saying "That is beneath my dignity, how can you expect me to do that, just to feed my kids"
Sep 18, 2012 2:31PM
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Well, I guess all the "53 percenters" in here who support Romney don't understand that a president needs to lead 100% of the nation and not just the ones he deems responsible?!  The problem is he decided to write off half the country instead of figuring out a plan to get people more motivated to do for themselves.  That's what a president is supposed to do!  And how dumb do half of you sound talking about "the governement shouldn't take care of people" when HALF THE WORLD is taken care of by the governement...and they're not on welfare! 

Sep 18, 2012 2:29PM
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Josh Barro is a loser.  Romney merely states that he is looking for support from other than the 47% of Americans who pay nothing and receive handouts from the rest of us.

 

There are way too many on welfare, too many receiving food stamps, and too many receiving unemployment insurance for way too long.  When 25% of discability claims are fraudulent, and those frauds receive social secirity payments they are unnecessarily diminishing an already troubled fund and instead, should be out looking for work. 

 

There are 23Million people unemployed while Obama speaks of hope and change, (promises, promises . . .) but he has no ability to solve any problems .Obama refuses to work with Congress and somehow is unable to see why he cannot accomplish anything good for the country and the economy.  Hei s the media's annointed one, but is vying to be named the worst president ever.  He is converting America into a communist socialist republic.

 

Another four years of Obama will be the death of this country.  The lazy cannot continue to shirk their responsibilities to earn a living and care for themselves and their families.  The rest of us will balk at continued support of the societal leeches. 

 

Romney earned his money.  All of the complainers didn't.  Jealousy will get you nothing.  Try to emulate him and make your own fortune.

Sep 18, 2012 2:29PM
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A new President and Senate in less than 2 months!

Amen!

Sep 18, 2012 2:28PM
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Yea the truth is alway a disaster for the Dumbocrats. Not to worry this group of none payers guess what they are also none voters.
Sep 18, 2012 2:27PM
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“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”  Thomas Jefferson

Sep 18, 2012 2:27PM
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Liberals have perfected how to play the part of the victim.  Mitt spoke the truth.  If you don't like it, too bad.  If it bothers you, it's probably time to ask yourself "why?" The guilty cry the loudest.
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