Mitt Romney and his campaign are in full damage control mode after a damaging video released earlier this week exposes his true colors, or lack thereof. Being out of touch with almost half of U.S. citizens is not a reputation any presidential runner-up would want to be known by — unfortunately for President Obama’s challenger Mitt Romney, this is exactly what’s happening and what 47% of Americans are thinking about him.
For Mitt Romney, gaining minority support among working class whites, African Americans and Latinos has been his campaign’s toughest challenge. With an NBC/Wall Street poll reporting 0% African American support, while lagging among women, Latinos and voters under 35, what are the chances of a Romney 2012 win? Mathematically, the chances are probably slim to none. After secretly recorded comments made by Romney at a closed-door fund raiser, Americans across the country who may have had some support for him, could be thinking twice before stepping into a voting booth in November and casting a vote on his behalf.
Stating that 47% of Americans consider themselves “victims” and are completely dependent on government, then further accusing the same 47% of not paying any income tax, has re-enforced the views of those who firmly believe that Romney is completely out of touch with hard working middle class Americans and those less fortunate. The video which the media has released in segments, span Romney’s “out of touch” views from social class issues to the economy, foreign policy, terrorism and even entertainment. Immediately after the video’s initial release Romney held a press conference seeming to be “doubling down” on his remarks, but saying they may not have been “elegantly stated.“
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Prior to the release of the video, Romney has had to defend himself against numerous damaging flops, one of which could be considered his lack of foreign policy experience. While in London for the 2012 Olympics, Romney criticized their preparation for the games, saying there were several “disconcerting” issues which could affect a successful outcome.
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In Israel, at another $25,000 a head fundraising event, Romney once again gaffes by implying that Israel’s culture is part of what has allowed them to be more economically successful than the Palestinians. The comment quickly drew ire forcing a response by Saeb Erekat, a senior aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, saying “It is a racist statement and this man doesn’t realize that the Palestinian economy cannot reach its potential because there is an Israeli occupation.”
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It is difficult to deny that the Romney campaign is in serious trouble when its own Republican base is questioning his competency as a candidate; and are suggesting a change in strategy. With more than three strikes against him and less than two months away from the 2012 election, it seems Romney’s last hope is proving his case in the eagerly awaited presidential debate against President Barack Obama.