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September 18th, 2012
08:01 PM ET

Romney doubles down on remarks: Can he recover?

CNN Erin Burnett tackles Mitt Romney's controversial comments caught on tape and discusses whether he can bounce back from a string of bad press.

How does Romney bounce back?

OutFront tonight: CNN Chief Political Analyst, Gloria Borger, CNN Contributors David Frum, Alex Castellanos and Historian, Douglas Brinkley.

Romney comments rock campaign, latest setback in shaky stretch

Seven weeks before voters decide on their next president, a secretly recorded video threatens to further undo Republican candidate Mitt Romney by portraying him as out of touch with ordinary Americans.

Taped with a hidden camera at a private fund-raising event in May, the video shows Romney telling his donors that nearly half of Americans back President Barack Obama because they rely on government support.

"There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what," Romney says in one clip first posted on Monday afternoon. "There are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent on government, who believe that, that they are victims, who believe that government has the responsibility to care for them. Who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing."

It's the latest in what has been a shaky stretch for the Romney campaign following last month's political conventions and as the candidates hurtle toward three presidential debates next month.

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  1. Joey at Purdue Univ

    No disrespect to Mr. Castellanos, but as to his contention that the President is "running on President Clinton's policies"; it's probably a lot better approach than "dismissing any idea that might help because it isn't [his] idea," right? [1]

    [1] (Anon, Primary Colors. 1996)

    September 19, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Reply

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