Controversial Mitt Romney Video Shot at Home of Sixers Co-Owner
U.S. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney landed in some hot water this week, when a secretly-shot video surfaced of Romney slamming nearly half of the electorate in America. The remarks were made at a swanky fundraiser for the ultra-rich, which took place at the home of Marc Leder, a co-owner of the Philadelphia Sixers. Per the Philly Inquirer: “The secretly recorded video of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney describing 47 percent of Americans as being government dependents and victims was shot at the Florida home of financier Marc Leder, one of the owners of the Philadelphia 76ers. So reports David Corn, the author of the Mother Jones article that first disclosed the existence of the video on Monday. Corn says the video was shot May 17 at a $50,000-a-person, private fund-raiser for Romney at Leder’s Boca Raton home. At the fund-raiser Romney said: ‘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 … [M]y job is is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.’ Leder, a graduate of the Wharton School and a hedge find manager, is part of the investment group led by Joshua Harris that bought the Sixers last year.