Nonprofit news organization Mother Jones has posted several videos Monday (Sept. 17) that they say are from a private Mitt Romney fundraiser — “to protect the confidential source who provided the video, we have
blurred some of the image, and we will not identify the date or
location of the event, which occurred after Romney had clinched the
Republican presidential nomination,” writes Mother Jones.
In the videos, Romney purportedly speaks quite candidly about the campaign and his opponent, President Obama.
Romney says of the Obama voters:
There are 47% of the people who will vote for the
president no matter what. All right, there are 47% 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, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to
housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government
should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter
what…These are people who pay no income tax … my job is is not to worry about those people. I’ll
never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care
for their lives.
Romney also allegedly says of his father, “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. But he was unfortunately born to Americans living
in Mexico…. I mean I say that jokingly, but it would be helpful to be
Meanwhile, both political parties have released statements regarding the videos.
Romney’s camp says in a statement:
Mitt Romney wants to help all Americans struggling in the Obama economy.
As the governor has made clear all year, he is concerned about the
growing number of people who are dependent on the federal government,
including the record number of people who are on food stamps, nearly one
in six Americans in poverty, and the 23 million Americans who are
struggling to find work. Mitt Romney’s plan creates 12 million new jobs
in four years, grows the economy and moves Americans off of government
dependency and into jobs.
And the Obama statement reads:
It’s shocking that a candidate for President of the United States would
go behind closed doors and declare to a group of wealthy donors that
half the American people view themselves as ‘victims,’ entitled to
handouts, and are unwilling to take ‘personal responsibility’ for their
lives. It’s hard to serve as president for all Americans when you’ve
disdainfully written off half the nation.
There are several more videos at Mother Jones and the site teases there are more pieces to come from these anonymously-shared Romney videos.