Local Reaction To Romney’s Comments In Secret Video

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ST. LOUIS, MO (PLRI)-- A secret recording of remarks by Governor Mitt Romney to major contributors last spring is the talk of the internet.

The Obama campaign jumps on challenger Mitt Romney accusing him of discounting nearly half of all American voters.

Americans have been checking out the republican nominee's secretly recorded comments released on the internet by Mother Jones, an independent news magazine that also publishes on the internet.

The question now, will it help or hurt Romney's campaign for the White House.

No one it seems can count on saying anything anymore in private.

Last May Governor Romney was talking campaign strategy with a select group of contributors.

“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no, matter what.  All right, 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," stated Romney.

Democratic Consultant Mike Kelley had this reaction:

“It's definitely a mistake. You might liken it to what John Kerry did when he said I voted for the war after I voted against it. This was a major political blunder.  Anytime you tell 47 percent of the people in the country that you're not interested in getting their vote, you've made a poor decision."

Romney adviser former Missouri Senator Jim Talent does not think it was a blunder rather a sign the two candidates hold different visions for the nation.

“His vision for the country is an expanding middle class with more opportunity for people  with a government safety net that's designed to help abled bodied people get off dependency and measures its success by that,” said Talent.

Governor Romney explained his comments this way. “This is really a discussion about the political process of winning the election and of course I want to help all Americans have a bright and prosperous future and I'm convinced the president's approach has not done that and will not do that," he said.

Thousands of viewers watched the Romney tape on our Facebook and web site pages today. Comments from viewers range the gamut those who believe some wealthy Americans avoid taxes as well as low income workers and those who insist more Americans should make a bigger effort to find jobs.

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