Election Connection Commentary
Republicans want to like Mitt Romney, but the number of gaffes he has committed in the past few weeks are making it pretty difficult.
The most recent and well-known of these hit the web this week – a video of Romney at a fundraiser in May, dismissing the 47 percent of Americans who he said pay no income tax.
“There are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent on government, who believe that they are the 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, you name it, that that’s an entitlement and they will vote for this president no matter what,” Romney said in the video, which was released through Mother Jones, a left-leaning independent news organization.
This is in addition to his comments made on a tour through Europe to the London summer Olympics.
While in London, Romney said the preparations he saw for the Olympics were disconcerting and that it was “hard to know just how well it will turn out,” according to the Washington Post.
Romney’s comments prompted backlash from London Mayor Boris Johnson and English Prime Minister David Cameron.
“Of course it’s easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere,” Cameron said, referring to Romney’s Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002.
Although some Republicans are still behind Romney, some voters might take this video as the breaking point of the Romney campaign, especially those in the middle class.
The Obama campaign will most likely take the video as an opportunity to prove to voters that Romney is out of touch with working-class Americans and insensitive to those who need government help, which should gain Obama quite a few votes.
While he is out campaigning, Romney could find himself falling behind once again, because rather than explaining his policy for the future, he’ll be answering questions about what he said months ago, and trying to dissuade voters from abandoning him.
Granted, Romney did not know the fundraiser was being recorded, and Romney described his remarks as “off the cuff,” according to CNN, but in this age of technology, Romney needs to be ready for someone to live tweet, post on Facebook, or record his remarks at any event, whether it be public or private.
At this point, the only person who would be able to beat Obama is Obama himself. With only seven weeks left until the election, Romney has to dig himself out of a hole before he can even gain ground on Obama, who is beating Romney by five points, according to the most recent poll done by NBC News.
This election was set up for the Republicans, unemployment is still high and the economy is still struggling, but Romney is going to have to do some major public relations work to catch up to Obama.