Now we know what Mitt Romney really thinks. In a "secret" video released by Mother Jones, Romney tells a small, wealthy donor group earlier this year that nearly half of Americans are freeloaders addicted to government programs. "There are 47% who are with [President Obama], who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it," he said. "That's an entitlement." Among other notable quotes:
- "My job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."
- "I have inherited nothing," he said. "There is a perception, 'Oh, we were born with a silver spoon, he never had to earn anything and so forth.' Frankly, I was born with a silver spoon, which is the greatest gift you can have: which is to get born in America."
- When asked how people can help Romney sell his message, he said, "Frankly, what I need you to do is to raise millions of dollars."
- "Women are open to supporting me," he said, but "we are having a much harder time with Hispanic voters, and if the Hispanic voting bloc becomes as committed to the Democrats as the African American voting block has in the past, why, we're in trouble as a party and, I think, as a nation."
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