Democrats running across the country are seizing on Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney controversial comments that surfaced in secret video from a behind-closed-doors video. The Huffington Post:

Priorities USA Action, a super PAC supporting President Barack Obama, released an ad Wednesday using secret footage of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney dismissing nearly half the country as unwinnable because they are “dependent on government” and feel “entitled to health care, to food, to housing.”

The ad will air on television and online in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin, and is part of a broader $30 million effort by the group to target middle class voters.

The group is the first to use footage from a video released on Monday of Romney speaking at a private fundraiser, unaware that he was being recorded. In that video, Romney is heard telling a group of donors that Obama has support from 47 percent of the country — referring to those who pay no income taxes — “who are dependent on government, who believe that, that they are victims, who believe that government has the responsibility to care for them.”

The ad:

Look for Democrats across the nation and the Obama campaign to make frequent use of snippets from the video right up until election day.

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  • The_Ohioan

    His words are taken out of context, but everyone knows by now what the whole tape says and even in context it doesn’t change the meaning – no matter what Mrs. Romney says. Why we didn’t get the whole Obama tape as we are now is curious to me, was it not available to the Obama campaign? Were they so frantic to get past it they didn’t realize they could have defused it with the whole statement then?

    We are learning we need to know “where’s the beef” when it comes to TV advertising that puports to be what a candidate actually said. All snippits are suspect. Maybe, God willing, they will become so ineffective by default that we won’t have to watch them anymore?

  • ProWife

    How do you consider the exact words taken from a certified transcript of the exact words that came out of Mitt Romney’s mouth to be words taken out of context?

  • ProWife

    By the way my elderly mother/ 47% member, who was planning to vote for Romney is under the justified impression that Mitt Romney thinks she is not a responsible person and some kind of leech. Shame on you Mitt Romney. You have no respect for your elders including my mother.

  • The_Ohioan

    The ad shows only a portion of the whole speech which necessarily removes the rest, the context, of the speech – the complete idea the speaker is stating. As we’ve seen, snippits can be deceiving when we don’t know the rest of a speech – like Obama’s remark about religion and guns takes on a different tone when we see the rest of the speech. The words must be correct since they are on tape, but the meaning, the necessity of context, can change when it is missing.

    In Romney’s case, there is no other meaning in the rest of his speech, but we don’t know that unless we know the whole speech the context.

  • Ohioan, the whole speech isn’t very flattering, either. This is not so easily explained as “bad editing”. I do feel it is being overblown, but still, there’s no denying Romney has, well, let’s just say an unappealing point of view.