(Video) The FULL Controversial Secret Video of the Romney Fundraiser

Much has been written — here and elsewhere –about the secret video of Mitt Romney talking candidly at a fundraiser in Florida. Mother Jones has now released it in full. Rather than write one more word analyzing and opining, here is the complete video below. GO HERE to read Mother Jone’s explanation of it (including some pauses).

And judge for yourself:

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15 Comments

  1. I have mostly ignored this controversy because I knew it was going to be another partisan mud fest and it is clear I was right. Has the coverage looked at what it might mean and what the policy implications are? No. Has the coverage considered the whole of Romney’s remarks over the campaign? No. Have we, until recently, even had the entire speech? No.

    Instead we have partisan spin over limited remarks on whether Romney cares for or hates the poor (ie can we call him “evil”). Now this is a Democratic blog and it is likely that some will cherry pick other incidents to say “he really is evil”. In the end, if you press it those claims, it will turn out like the dozens of other, ie that Romney is “evil” because he isn’t a Democrat. I’m just sick of it all and I’m glad I’ve decided to write someone in rather than vote for either of these partisan camps that are chocking any real debate out of American politics.

  2. I do not appreciate the way Mitt Romney describes my elderly/ 47% mother. She was planning to vote for him. Not anymore.

  3. I’m just sick of it all and I’m glad I’ve decided to write someone in rather than vote for either of these partisan camps that are chocking any real debate out of American politics.

    As you’re a Californian and obviously don’t like Democrats or Obama that’s a no-vote vote… Obama’s a shoe-in in California.

    I look forward to seeing thoughtful Republicans taking the time to look inward at themselves and their own party instead of always looking outward for an excuse to blame someone or something.

    The evidence… the facts they’re all out there and yet so many who won’t, in the quiet of their lives, open their eyes and look.

  4. davidpsummers, please write me in on your ballot. Thanks! :)

  5. My self sufficient, elderly, 47% member mother who is no longer voting for Romney, thinks he is evil.

  6. As you’re a Californian and obviously don’t like Democrats or Obama that’s a no-vote vote… Obama’s a shoe-in in California.
    I look forward to seeing thoughtful Republicans taking the time to look inward at themselves and their own party instead of always looking outward for an excuse to blame someone or something.
    The evidence… the facts they’re all out there and yet so many who won’t, in the quiet of their lives, open their eyes and look.

    Yes, because refusing to vote for either party is a sign of being a “Republican”. This is the “if you aren’t with us you are against us” partisan thinking from the two parties that would only be sad, if it wasn’t pushing all else aside.

  7. davidpsummers, please write me in on your ballot. Thanks!

    Maybe I will!

  8. Yes, because refusing to vote for either party is a sign of being a “Republican”.

    No what makes you a “Republican” is that in reading your comments here for the last few years, other than the occasional promotion for a third party, you’ve consistently sided with positions of the right whatever the topic. That’s why I consider you a Republican, though I never called you a Republican in my comment, what I said was you “obviously don’t like Democrats or Obama.”

    It’s election season, and we live in a two party system. Those voting have only two choices Democrat or Republican… Period.

    Green, Peace and Freedom, Independent votes do nothing other than hurt the party that the voters would have otherwise voted for and are therefore a vote for the other side. You need go no further than Ralph Nader or Ross Perot for examples proving this to be the case.

    How you vote tells others who you are… I’m proudly voting for President Barack Obama.
    .

  9. It is only because the “secret” video went viral that we now have a glimpse of the man behind the wooden smile. Finally, the real Romney has emerged. This is what voters have been waiting for. Mr. Romney, out of robotic mode, speaking from the heart.

    For the first time, we hear this man speaking confidently, eloquently, because he is saying what he believes. Comfortable because he is with his own kind, speaking his mind.

    In public, the stress of concealment, never possible entirely to hide, reveals itself in Mr. Romney’s breathless jerky voice, the uncomfortable laugh, the unfocused eyes, the awkward body movements–as his body literally rebels against the lies he is telling.

    We had thought he was just a candidate uncomfortable with oratory.
    No, he is a man hiding from the wider public his true beliefs.

    Yes, Mr. Romney has finally revealed what he believes.
    And that is the problem.

  10. Welcome to TMV, deangarr.

    I found your comments to be extremely incisive and insightful — and not only because I agree with them. We need more such observant comments.I hope you come back often.

  11. No what makes you a “Republican” is that in reading your comments here for the last few years, other than the occasional promotion for a third party, you’ve consistently sided with positions of the right whatever the topic. That’s why I consider you a Republican, though I never called you a Republican in my comment, what I said was you “obviously don’t like Democrats or Obama.”

    “Occasionally”? The bankrupt nature of the partisan two party system is one of my overriding themes, to the point of being called a broken record on it. You are too caught up in a “any criticism of Democrats must mean you are on the ‘other side’” partisan mindset. (To the point, below, where your lecture about how I’m suppose to be an “Republican” involves arguments against voting for third parties.) This is one reason that both parties can’t help but alienate independents. This is nothing more than the mirror of what I’ve gotten on Republican blogs about how I support the Democrats.

    But hey, if you can pull out of your attempt to ignore my actual points by labeling me a Republican, and take heed of the point (by me or anyone else) that the partisan politics of the two party system are choking our discourse, then you can call me a Republican. You can call me a partisan for either party as along as we are working to get ride of the strangle hold they both have.
    (and I will post a link to one reform, as I “occasionally” do, to on reform, instant run-off voting. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instant-runoff_voting)

    It’s election season, and we live in a two party system. Those voting have only two choices Democrat or Republican… Period.
    Green, Peace and Freedom, Independent votes do nothing other than hurt the party that the voters would have otherwise voted for and are therefore a vote for the other side. You need go no further than Ralph Nader or Ross Perot for examples proving this to be the case.

    I could find almost the same statement from a Republican on a Republican blog. This is ironically, one of the few things that both parties cooperate on, making sure that nobody else gets a chance. That way, no matter how much they ignore the issues in favor calling each evil, no matter how much they cover their own corruption by pointing at the corruption of the other side, they claim you have no choice but to vote for one of them. Electing either candidate (neither of whom are, as the lie would have you believe, intending to destroy the country) won’t do as much damage as this ongoing partisan dysfunction in our political system.

    How you vote tells others who you are… I’m proudly voting for President Barack Obama.

    And I’m proudly refusing to vote for the duopoly by writing someone in. The more people do this, the more the parties can’t ignore the alienate of voters.

  12. @davidpsummers – Again what I said was:

    “… other than the occasional promotion for a third party, you’ve consistently sided with positions of the right whatever the topic.
    .
    That’s why I consider you a Republican, though I never called you a Republican in my comment, what I said was you “obviously don’t like Democrats or Obama.””

    I understand your not wanting to reply to what I actually said and don’t expect you to reply to it now.

    I openly and proudly admit to the fact that I promote Democratic positions. I’m not in denial about where and with whom I stand.

    I’m a Democrat… I am a progressive liberal that believes in most of the things the Democrats are trying to do and most of the things President Obama is trying to do.

    Do I want everything the Democratic Party wants… Hell no! Am I disappointed with my party and OUR President at times… Hell yes! And when I’m disappointed I let them and everybody else know about it and that is the difference between the Democrats and the “I’m not a Republican” Republicans.

    The “I’m not a Republican” Republicans realize how much damage their party has done, if they didn’t they wouldn’t feel the need to preface their GOP talking points with “I’m not a Republican.” They’ve invested a lot of time and energy in pushing the “It’s all the Democrats fault” lie that was sold to them by Fox News & Rush Limbaugh and now they’d rather vote against their own best interests than admit to have been buying GOP Snake Oil by the case.

  13. Is there no one else out there with a parent and or grand parent living on social security and medicare that was insulted by Romney’s depiction of them as not being responsible for their own lives? I did not appreciate the insult of my mother Mitt.

  14. @davidpsummers – Again what I said was:

    “… other than the occasional promotion for a third party, you’ve consistently sided with positions of the right whatever the topic.
    .
    That’s why I consider you a Republican, though I never called you a Republican in my comment, what I said was you “obviously don’t like Democrats or Obama.””

    I understand your not wanting to reply to what I actually said and don’t expect you to reply to it now.
    I openly and proudly admit to the fact that I promote Democratic positions. I’m not in denial about where and with whom I stand.
    I’m a Democrat… I am a progressive liberal that believes in most of the things the Democrats are trying to do and most of the things President Obama is trying to do.
    Do I want everything the Democratic Party wants… Hell no! Am I disappointed with my party and OUR President at times… Hell yes! And when I’m disappointed I let them and everybody else know about it and that is the difference between the Democrats and the “I’m not a Republican” Republicans.
    The “I’m not a Republican” Republicans realize how much damage their party has done, if they didn’t they wouldn’t feel the need to preface their GOP talking points with “I’m not a Republican.” They’ve invested a lot of time and energy in pushing the “It’s all the Democrats fault” lie that was sold to them by Fox News & Rush Limbaugh and now they’d rather vote against their own best interests than admit to have been buying GOP Snake Oil by the case.

    I’m not sure what distinction you are trying to make between your using your subjective characterization of my other posts to claim I’m a Republican vs. your assuming I don’t like Obama. But, in the end, I just don’t think as much about labeling people as being on one “side” of the partisan divide as you seem to do and I’m just not interested in arguing a point when I think the basis for the argument itself is fundamentally partisan. (And, in fact, I think you keep trying to push the argument back to which partisan label to use in order to cast it all in partisan terms).

    The only real thing I have against Obama is the same thing I have against Romney, that both are part of a partisan two party system that forces us to accept the “lesser of two evils”. Both are capable people and I don’t think either is a tool of some evil cabal intending on destroy the country. So, the only thing I really care about your trying to push a partisan labels on me is to make sure it doesn’t detract from the message that we need to break out of the partisan system. As long as the message gets out that the biggest problem in our political system the two party system, and that we need to break out the strangle hold that _both_ parties have on us, I don’t really care that much about partisan attempts to dismiss my views by claiming I’m a Republican (just like the Republican dismiss people as Democrats). IMO the two party system hurts many Democrats and Republicans as well as independents and the best way to change things is for those from all sides to say “enough is enough”.

    I understand that you are a Democrat who feels that Republicans are evil and nothing matters more than winning the endless partisan war against the Republicans. You are, of course, to free to feel however you want about that. But I feel that attitude (from both sides) is part of the problem. And that is who _I_ am, regardless of how you want to label me.

  15. DS, I don’t care how you vote or who you support, you are one of the good guys. Vote Dem and I don’t care because you try you look at issues with a clearer eye than than a proud Rep like me or the partisan Dems on this board.
    And, yes I also enjoy reading intelligent comments from some that lean Dem.
    And, I’m going to watch Bill Maher tonight.

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