Presidential candidate Mitt Romney grabbed headlines on Monday when a series of undercover videos from a private fundraiser surfaced online.
Released from the magazine Mother Jones, the clips show Romney speaking to the group — reported to be about 30 individuals — at a Boca Raton home some times admittedly off the cuff, on topics such as his own campaign, the Middle East, his strategy in seeking to unseat the incumbent, and the clip that has caught more attention than any other: his views on his opponent's supporters.
"There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what," Romney says in one clip. "All right — there are 47 percent 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."
The Republican candidate's numbers come from a Tax Policy Center report, which stated in June 2011 that 46.4 percent of Americans paid no income tax.
Romney addressed the video Monday night, according to the Huffington Post, calling for the full, unedited video to be released. While he didn't deny the comments, he did say the comments were an indication of his campaign's message to draw voters in the middle — not those who will likely already be supporting Democratic President Barack Obama.
According to the New York Times' transcript from Romney's comments Monday night: "I recognize that among those that pay no tax, approximately 47 percent of Americans, I’m not likely to be highly successful with the message of lowering taxes."
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