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Romney 47% video

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The source of the secret video showing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney dismissing 47 percent of the U.S. electorate has come forward to reveal his identity and explain his motives. The video was secretly recorded at a Romney fundraiser in Florida in May. On the tape, Romney describes nearly half of the American electorate as people "dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims." "There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they’re entitled to healthcare, to food, to housing, to you-name-it, that that’s — it’s entitlement, and the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what." The video’s release by the magazine Mother Jones upended the 2012 presidential campaign, with many believing it doomed Romney’s chances. Including Romney itself. The tape also sparked new public debate over inequality in the U.S. and the attitudes of the wealthy toward lower-income Americans. The source remained unknown until Wednesday, when Scott Prouty, a bartender at the event, came forward in an interview with MSNBC’s Ed Schultz. Scott Prouty: "My name is Scott Prouty. I’m a regular guy, middle-class, hardworking guy. You know, I think — I’d like to think I have a good moral compass and a core, and I think I have a little bit of empathy. I think I have a little more empathy than Mitt Romney had. I don’t know how to describe myself, but I was behind this whole thing. I was bartending that night for the Romney fundraiser." Prouty said he had brought his camera along after seeing former President Bill Clinton take pictures with fellow workers at a previous event. But he said Romney’s comments spurred him to make a full recording and then release it to the public to show average Americans how Romney spoke about them to wealthy donors behind closed doors. Scott Prouty: "There’s a lot of people that can’t afford to pay $50,000 for one night, for one dinner. And I felt an obligation, in a way, to release it. I felt an obligation for all the people who can’t afford to be there. You shouldn’t have to be able to afford $50,000 to hear what the candidate actually thinks. I don’t think he has any clue what a regular American goes through on a daily basis. I don’t think he has any idea what a single mom [experiences] — you know, taking a bus to work, dropping her kid off at a day care, that she can barely afford, hopping on another bus. You know, the day-in, day-out struggles of everyday Americans, that guy has no idea. No idea. And I don’t think he’ll ever have an idea." Although Romney’s 47 percent comments sparked a national controversy, Prouty said he was most disturbed by Romney’s bragging about a Chinese factory he had invested in, where workers lived in harsh conditions. Prouty says he remained anonymous until now in order to protect his livelihood and to keep the focus on Romney’s words. In a recent interview with Fox News, Romney acknowledged the video’s release was partially to blame for his loss and insisted he doesn’t believe what he was recorded saying. Mitt Romney: "It was a very unfortunate statement that I made. It’s not what I meant. I didn’t express myself as I wished I would have. You know, when you speak in private, you don’t spend as much time thinking about how something could be twisted and distorted and — and it could come out wrong and be used. But, you know, I did. And it was very harmful. What I said is not what I believe. Obviously, my whole campaign — my whole life has been devoted to helping people, all of the people. I care about all the people of the country. But that hurt. There’s no question that hurt and did real damage to my campaign." Estos son algunos de los titulares de hoy. Esto es Democracy Now! democracynow.org, el informativo de guerra y paz. Muchas gracias por ver este reporte de Democracy Now! su informativo independiente diario. No aceptamos publicidad o financiación corporativa por lo que dependemos de la donaciones de telespectadores como usted. Por favor, haga su contribución visitando democracynow.org, necesitamos su apoyo hoy para continuar ofreciéndoles estos impactantes reportajes en profundidad.

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Duration: 4 minutes and 31 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
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Posted by: democracynowes on Mar 14, 2013

Romney 47% video

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