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Tuesday, September 18th, 2012 at 1:00 pm  |  15 responses

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.

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  • Redd

    I hope nobody bites and starts arguing politics. That’s why they posted this. Hopefully I don’t end up doing the same lol.

  • bike

    In what should be a winable election for a Republican, this guy seems to pulling out all the stops to screw it up.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk
  • Redd

    Lol.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Nick Tha Quick

    One would almost think that Orlando Magic front office is in charge of managing Ol Mitt’s speeches, PR and preventing him from putting Shaq’s size 23′s in his mouth every time he opens it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/deebow David Bankston

    Everything he was saying was fine up until he said “My job is is not to worry about those people.” I’ll give him this, at least he’s honest. Everybody always bitches about politicians being liars and such. The guy has an honest moment and we are still going to bitch about it. That’s America for you. I would rather have someone come out and say that they don’t care about me than someone stringing me along for 4-8 years about some type of bullshit change that is never going to happen.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    But… at the end of the day, no matter what happens, you’d still accept a rich @sshole as your president. Amiright?

  • D L

    Is this really surprising for anyone?

    The owners of sports teams are mostly Republican, while the players are mostly Democratic. It doesn’t matter either way, because the players and the owners are multi-millionaires. At the end of the day, it’s still rich folks on both sides supporting rich politicians, just that one side has more billionaires than millionaires.

    And in other news, Dwight Howard is still pretty hated on the sports blogs.

  • bike

    He’s being honest in private. If that’s how he feels, then fine, say it publicly–but he won’t because he knows it will kill him politically
    . Which is not honest.

  • charliewinning

    Honest people don’t say things like this in private and then backtrack and try to “clean it up” publicly. That’s pretty much what liars do. Typical politician.

  • Kilo

    This has nothing to do with basketball

  • Salty

    If he was a rich @sshole with good plans…which he’s not.

  • AB2

    Who are you referring to here? In 2011, Barack Obama’s adjusted gross income was $789,674. In 2001, before he was even a factor politically, it was $272,759. Admittedly, Mitt Romney is much more wealthy than Obama, but Obama’s income is nothing to scoff at. Does being wealthy equate to being an “@sshole”? The truth is, there have been very few presidents who have not been “rich” compared to the average American. So I’m not sure what your point is.

  • danpowers

    what do you know about economy man? economy cycles dont react this fast. the mess you are in at the moment are mostly the aftermath of the bush administration and international factors out of obamas hand.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    I am referring to every US president who ever lived. And yes, actually it does. Being wealthy in America through the parasitic practices of capitalism and corporate politics does equate to being an asshole. But even if Obama made 2 cents a day, killing people at a wedding party with drones pretty much negates that.

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