FULL Secret Video Released: Mitt Romney on "Freeloaders," Mideast, and Why He's Scared of the Women on 'the View"

Candidate expresses belief that there's not much he can do about peace in the Middle East, so as POTUS he'll hope to pass it on to the next guy.

This post has been updated.

The secret video obtained of Mitt Romney speaking off-message at a fundraiser for some of his wealthiest donors has put his campaign in quite the tight spot, forcing the candidate to make a hastily-arranged late-night press conference appearance last night. Romney has suggested that people must see the whole video and this afternoon Mother Jones complied; the full video is posted below. 

At his press conference last night, Romney halfheartedly defended the surreptitiously-obtained remarks that leaked yesterday, remarks which, as we reported,  disparaged almost half of the population, the 47% of hard-core Obama supporters, characterized by Romney as freeloaders whom he could never reach.

Other questionably humorous remarks Romney made that made news? He said he wished his father was Mexican so he could get the Latino vote, and that he was using his wife sparingly as a surrogate lest people get sick of her on the campaign trail. The full video also has Romney explaining why he'd never go on the television show "The View":

The View is fine, although the View is high risk because of the five women on it, all but one is conservative and four are sharp-tongued and not conservative. Whoopi Goldberg in particular. Although last time I was on the show she said to me, ‘You know what? I think I could vote for you.’ I said, ‘I must have done something really wrong.’

 The View, of course, famously shredded John McCain in 2008, so maybe he has cause for concern.

The fundraiser was held, according to Mother Jones, on May 17 at the Boca Raton home of Marc Leder,  private equity manager, who has a reputation for throwing decadent Gatsby-like parties memorable for debauchery at another home he rented in New York's glitzy Hamptons.

On the subject of Israel and Palestine, which mother Jones highlighted in a clip released earlier today, Romney was honest about his hopelessness and lack of interest in achieving a solution, saying "The Palestinians" as a bloc maintain "no interest whatsoever" in peace, so the "the pathway to peace is almost unthinkable to accomplish."

So what would he do as Commander-in-Chief when faced with this momentous task?

[S]o what you do is, you say, you move things along the best way you can. You hope for some degree of stability, but you recognize that this is going to remain an unsolved problem…and we kick the ball down the field and hope that ultimately, somehow, something will happen and resolve it."

So much for the peace process!

Romney also told the guests that there was a diplomat, a former Secretary of State, with extensive foreign policy experience who told him there was in fact a viable option for a peace deal:

 On the other hand, I got a call from a former secretary of state. I won't mention which one it was, but this individual said to me, you know, I think there's a prospect for a settlement between the Palestinians and the Israelis after the Palestinian elections. I said, "Really?" And, you know, his answer was, "Yes, I think there's some prospect." And I didn't delve into it.."

Cause the last thing we want is a president who asks questions and stuff.

There's more to the video, too, including a misunderstanding of nuclear science in a discussion of Iran and a rather nasty critique of the President's foreign policy approach:

The president's foreign policy, in my opinion, is formed in part by a perception he has that his magnetism, and his charm, and his persuasiveness is so compelling that he can sit down with people like Putin and Chávez and Ahmadinejad, and that they'll find that we're such wonderful people that they'll go on with us, and they'll stop doing bad things. And it's an extraordinarily naive perception.

Read the entire thing on Mother Jones and watch the full, unedited video below.









AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at September 18, 2012, 6:04am

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