November 29, 2012 - Ron Brownstein of National Journal and Gloria Borger of CNN moderated a panel discussion about the Presidential election during the 2012 Campaign Decision Makers Conference at the Harvard Institute of Politics.

Romney advisors Stuart Stephens, Matt Rhoades, Gail Gitcho and Neil Newhouse discuss the infamous 47 percent video and the campaign’s reaction to it.

Stuart Stephens, early in the clip, admits to having been at the event but says he was out of the room during the particularly damaging remarks.


December 2, 2012 - Former President Jimmy Carter interviewed by MSNBC while in Haiti at the Habitat for Humanity build site. He talks about the Presidential election as well as the current issues in Congress.

He also talks about me and says that I’m now the most famous Carter…

Fact Check: Pants on fire!

The Mother Jones homepage on the morning after Obama’s reelection, November 7, 2012.

The Mother Jones homepage on the morning after Obama’s reelection, November 7, 2012.


Mitt Romney exactly the opposite of George Romney on social welfare

Mitt Romney from the 47 percent video:

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.

George Romney from his Special Message to the Seventy-Second Michigan Legislature - Second Session on Social Welfare Legislation

The facts of the matter are these. First, that a prosperous economy does not guarantee prosperity to all of our citizens. Secondly, that we have legal and moral commitments in connection with the subsistence, support, care and dignity of those in need. But more important is hope based on concern and opportunity. Third, that our ability to meet these obligations means the prudent expenditure of tax dollars.


October 1, 2012 - On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Politico’s Mike Allen talks about the 47% video, saying “that broke through… in a way that nothing else has.”

He says that both Democrats and Republicans are finding that it is the issue that is being talked about in the focus groups. It doesn’t need to be explained, everybody knows.


September 24, 2012 - Newt Gingrich, while campaigning for Todd Akin in Missouri, says that saying something stupid doesn’t disqualify a person from holding office.

He gives advice on how to avoid a 47% moment: “Always assume you’re being taped.”

He also tells the crowd that his wife, Callista, still makes fun of him for his comments about a lunar colony.

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