In a video leaked last night by Mother Jones, Mitt Romney said that 47 percent of voters are dependent on the government and will vote for Obama "no matter what."
"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, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it, and that's an entitlement and government should give it to them."
That's Mitt Romney describing nearly half of America as self-loathing victims dependent on their federal payouts for housing, food, and health care. Does the candidate pay a price for those words?
Romney appears to be writing off 47 percent of the U.S. electorate. Is this a strategy to play on divided voters or is it a pandering pitch for money gone awry?
Todd Zwillich is the Washington correspondent for The Takeaway.