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September 18th, 2012
10:47 AM ET

What potential damage may the new Romney videos cause his campaign? – CNN's Mark Preston reports

On Monday night, Mitt Romney held a late night news conference where he took three questions from pool reporters regarding the release of a secretly recorded video. The footage, taped with a hidden camera during a private fund-raiser in May shows the candidate arguing that nearly half of Americans will vote for President Barack Obama because they rely on government support. Romney also made apparent jokes about wishing he had Latino heritage, and talks about a Chinese factory his former firm purchased.

CNN Political Director Mark Preston says "certainly in the 24-hour news cycle [Romney's comments] are devastating right now." Preston adds that the Romney campaign is very concerned because they put "their candidate out last night to try to address it and it was a very tortured explanation."

In his press conference Monday night, the GOP nominee said his statements caught on tape were "off the cuff" and could have been "more clearly" stated, adding that he was trying to point out the differences between the two campaigns.

Preston says, "This is not something the Romney campaign wants to deal with, with only 49 days before Election Day."

The video which was originally released on left-leaning news websites: The Huffington Post was altered dramatically to mask the location and date of the fund-raiser. The person who is responsible for the video has requested to remain anonymous according to the Huffington Post for "professional reasons and to avoid a lawsuit." However, author of the Mother Jones article, David Corn, said the event took place May 17 in Boca Raton, Florida, at the home of Sun Capital executive Marc Leder.

CNN's Mark Preston further explains the potential damage the newly leaked video may cause the Romney campaign as Election Day nears.


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  1. Gina

    I don't see why this would come as a shock to anyone, there is a rather large group of people in this Country who feel as if the Government owes them something, I live in a place where all of the Social Security Offices have lines waiting out the door in the mornings and the offices are full ALL day and the same is true with the offices where you can get assistance to pay you light bill, get a gold card for the doctor, get help to buy food etc. Meanwhile those truly looking for help up not just a hand out get nothing. I know this to be a fact, my family had to survive on 600 dollars a month for years because my mom who made 600 a month made to much to qualify for any of the assistance these places offered. If people want to make it they find a way to make it but if they feel something is owed to them you won't ever be able to convince them that they need to work and earn things because they just feel it should be handed to them. Romney cannot worry about them he needs to place his efforts and interest in those who want to work and rebuild America's middle class because that's who make up America's shoulders, they work very hard every day and want to see the changes in our Country and they do not latch on to the "free lunch" that those who feel they are owed something do, in fact its the middle class that is paying for that "free lunch" and they shouldn't have to.

    September 19, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Reply
  2. ken

    really, shouldn't fair journalism have a headline without editorial slant. The headline to this article should be, "What potential Effect may the new Romney cause his campaign?" When you use "damage" instead of Effect, you are already telling your readers/listeners that it is trouble. How about letting us make up our own mine about the Effect of the comments. They may not bring 'damage.'
    Also , if you are going to do a lead headling story, as you should, on the Romney comments, should you not also do a lead headline story on President Obama's comments on "Restribution of Wealth" audio tape. Should you ask what kind of "Damage" that tape will do? Funny there is no mention of the Restribution of Wealth comments on your top news stories. Let's just be fair. Come on, you can do it. Be in the middle. Don't lead us how to think with your headlines and cover both candidates the same.

    September 19, 2012 at 6:29 am | Reply

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