He thought he was speaking to a room of donors. But, Mitt Romney was betrayed when someone secretly took video of him speaking at a recent fundraiser. The video captured words on record that aren't sitting well with everyone.
Romney got no boost from the Republican National Convention, he's behind in the polls, and the general election is only seven weeks away. Monday, Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney likely took another huge blow.
Typically poised and methodically speaking, Romney was secretly recorded candidly speaking at a private fundraiser. He spoke very very bluntly about the president and his supporters, saying the President gets the vote from people who feel entitled.
"There are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. There are 47% who are with him, who are dependent on the government, who believe they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing," said Romney.
The blogosphere has exploded. Even President Obama's camp has already responded, saying Romney has quote "disdainfully written off half the nation."
Romney has struggled with the Latino vote and in a moment of apparent comfort, he joked about some "what ifs."
"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 Mexican parents I'd have a much better chance of winning this!" joked Romney.
It's a joke that some Latinos call insensitve and offensive.
Then Romney switched gears again. This time he talked about wealth and privilege. It's a typecast he's been fighting from day one of the campaign. He said he and his wife Anne gave away all of their inheritance and worked hard.
"So, I have inherited nothing. Everything Anne and I have we have earned the old fashioned way," said Romney.
But, then said this:
"There's the perception that if you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth you never had to earn anything and so forth. And, uh, frankly, I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth."
Romney also said he wished America wasn't unionized and he'd love to bring in more legal immigrants.
It's a recording released, taken from a hidden camera. It is circling the cyber world at a rapid rate, sparking debate and controversy.
Romney has responded after the leaked video and isn't backing down from his statements. He's defending them saying, "Of course individuals are going to take responsibility for their lives. My campaign is about helping people take more responsibility and becoming employed again, particularly those who don't have work. This whole campaign is based on getting people jobs again, putting people back to work. This is ultimately a question about direction for the country. Do you believe in a government-centered society that provides more and more benefits or do you believe instead in a free enterprise society where people are able to pursue their dreams?"
These comments come just hours before Romney prepares to campaign in Utah.
The presidential candidate will be at two fundraisers tomorrow. One will be held at the Grand America in downtown Salt Lake and another in Park City.