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Secret Video Released: Romney Says 47 Percent of Americans Believe They Are Victims

A video tape of Mitt Romney at a Florida fundraiser a few months ago has been revealed, prompting the presidential candidate to hold a late-night press conference to address the tape.

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4:15p ET FOLLOW-UP: In his first interview since the release of the tape, Mitt Romney sat down with Neil Cavuto. Watch the interview here.
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During the fundraiser, Romney talked about the 47 percent of Americans he believes will automatically vote for President Obama in November. He can be heard saying, “There are 47 percent who are with him, 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. That’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what.”

He continued, “And so my job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. What I have to do is convince the five to ten percent in the center that are Independents.”

Romney held a press conference Monday night responding to the tape, saying, “It's not elegantly stated, let me put it that way. I was speaking off the cuff in response to a question, but it's a message which I am going to carry and continue to carry, which is that the president's approach is attractive to people who are not paying taxes because frankly my discussion about lowering taxes isn't as attractive to them. Therefore I'm not likely to draw them into my campaign as effectively as those in the middle.”

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