Leaked Romney “47%" video goes viral; trending on Twitter

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Mother Jones video

#RomneyEncore is trending on Twitter tonight following a leaked video earlier today featuring Mitt Romney telling a group of wealthy donors at a private fund-raiser earlier this year that 47 percent of Americans take government hand-outs.

A series of videos from that same event were posted on Mother Jones’ Web site earlier today. The post has been Tweeted more than 14,000 times.

It’s prompted thousands of Tweets blasting Romney.

A few examples:

These two from NYT columnist Nicholas Kristof:

“What will Romney do for an encore? Condemn people who don’t save enough for a weekend house.”

“The problem with American voters is they’re too stressed. They don’t spend enough time on their yachts.” #RomneyEncore

Others:

Ask not what your country can do for you… but what your country can do for Mitt Romney. #RomneyEncore

“I’m having this great contest for voters — one will fly on my airplane with me. Of course, they’ll be strapped to the roof.” #RomneyEncore

Here is an excerpt of Romney’s remarks that is ruffling the most feathers.

“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, 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. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax.

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