It's been posted on the internet for several months, now, but in just in the last 24 hours, it has become a major headache for Mitt Romney and his campaign. You've probably seen at least a portion of the video. It is grainy and it's hard to hear, but it's reverberation on the campaign trail is already loud and clear.
In the video, candidate Romney is seen off in the distance. He makes several claims Obama National Communications Director Brent Colburn argues he wouldn't have made if he knew a camera was rolling.
"That's another reason why we think people really need to pay attention," Colburn said.
The section that has gotten the most attention is a point the former governor made about people who don't pay income taxes. He said those 47% will never vote for him. Colburn argues that those 47% include a lot of people.
"Look these are people who that are out there working hard," he said. "They are contributing to society; they aren't put there looking for a government hand out."
Even Governor Bob McDonnell, a Romney supporter, argued this morning on national TV that he probably could've made his point better.
"I think what the governor was trying to say, and he said he didn't say it right, is what's being reported," he told Fox & Friends on the Fox News Channel.
That point is that the GOP believes more and more people are becoming dependent on government under President Obama. It is something his running mate Paul Ryan attempted to clarify Tuesday during a stop in Newport News.
"Government dependency has gone up, economic stagnation has persisted under the Obama administration's policies," he said. "The whole point he was trying to make is that we want to get people onto lives of self sufficiency."
But that clarification hasn't stopped the Obama team from piling on. They released a web video, building the case that their opponent is out of touch.
The question is, what kind of impact will that have on the campaign? Remember then candidate, Barack Obama was caught in a similar private fundraiser, accusing republicans of "clinging to their guns and religion". It caused quite the uproar at the time, but he still won the election.
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