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This preview of MSNBC's "The Ed Show" teases the Wednesday broadcast when the man who shot the now-infamous video of presidential candidate Mitt Romney talking about the "47 percent" will come forward.

"But in the end I really felt like it had to be put out," the as-yet unidentified man said. "I felt I owed it to the people that couldn't afford to be there themselves to hear what he really thought."

Mother Jones broke the story just before the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, causing a furor and debate over what Romney meant and what the true divide in the nation was. Romney would backpedal his statement, but later embrace the thoughts again following his loss in the general election.

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One of the storylines of the 2012 Presidential campaigns that will linger throughout history will be the Mitt Romney "47 Percent" video. Though Romney overcame the momentum that gave President Obama and made a tight contest of the race for a while, the video was one of several items that just gave Romney too high a mountain to overcome. And now it looks like the phrase "47 percent" may be forever etched next to Romney's name in an entirely different manner. As of earlier today, with vote reports - primarily absentee ballots - still trickling in, Romney stands at 47.84 percent of the popular vote. Some media outlets are still rounding up to 48 percent but as votes continue to trickle in and be tallied, there's a very good chance that Romney will remain in the 47 percent range and ensure that he will forever be linked to the phrase.


No doubt prepping Americans to brace themselves, the Romney campaign released a statement from former IRS commissioner Fred Goldberg on Romney's tax returns, referencing "complexity of our tax laws," saying there was "no indication" that the Romneys took part in "any tax-motivated or aggressive tax planning activities."

The release of the tax returns came on the same week of what is now a famous "47 percent" video, in which Romney is heard in a secretly recorded address to wealthy donors referencing half of Americans, saying they portray themselves as victims and do not pay income taxes.

"I have reviewed Governor and Mrs. Romney's joint tax return for 2011, including returns for the Ann and Mitt Romney Family Trust, the Ann D. Romney Blind Trust, and the W. Mitt Romney Blind Trust. My reaction following this review is the same as my reaction after reviewing the 2010 returns. As I said then:

"These returns reflect the complexity of our tax laws and the types of investment activity that I would anticipate for persons in their circumstances. There is no indication or suggestion of any tax-motivated or aggressive tax planning activities." In my judgment, they have fully satisfied their responsibilities as taxpayers. They have done so by relying on a highly reputable return preparer and other advisors, who have in turn relied primarily on information provided by third parties to them and to the IRS. The end result of that process has been returns that include a multitude of schedules, IRS forms and accompanying statements that provide appropriate transparency and the proper payment of taxes that Governor and Mrs. Romney owe under current law.

Obama blasts Romney's '47 percent' video on Letterman

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In an appearance on David Letterman Tuesday night, President Obama blasted Mitt Romney's "47 percent video," saying "you've got to work for everybody, not just some."

Capitalizing on perhaps the GOP presidential candidate's weakest point in the campaign, Obama cast Romney as divisive and only interested in his own wealthy backers.

"What I said on election night was: 'even though you didn't vote for me, I hear your voices and I'm going to work as hard as I can to be your president," Obama said on CBS's "Late Show With David Letterman. "What I said on election night was even though you didn't vote for me, I hear your voices and I'm going to work as hard as I can to be your president."
When I meet Republicans. They are hard-working, family people, who care deeply about this country."

Obama won applause from the studio audience when he said:

"One of the things I've learned as president is you represent the entire country."

"My expectation is if you want to be president, you've got to work for everybody, not just for some."

Romney on Tuesday was still reeling after a leaked video from a private campaign fund-raiser showed him calling 47 percent of Americans entitled and saying that as president: "my job is not to worry about those people."

The video, which first appeared on the Mother Jones Web site Monday, lit up the blogosphere, setting Romney back from his attempt to show that he is not an out-of-touch millionaire.

"Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax," Romney said at the May fund-raiser. Romney said in the video that his role "is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."

Obama said that in 2008, it was his Republican opponent John McCain who won only 47 percent of the vote. Obama went on to win the presidency.


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Mother Jones releases full Romney 47 percent video

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Mother Jones has posted two videos online, calling them unedited videos of what has become an explosive set of remarks GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney delivered at a private campaign function earlier this year.

From the Mother Jones post:

Romney is not the only one who has called for the release of the full 49-minute video. And we're more than happy to oblige. The complete video demonstrates that Romney was not snippetized and that he was captured raw and uncut. Here it is, in two parts:

Mother Jones also offered audio-only versions and promised a full transcript shortly:


Wasting no time in seizing on a low-point for Mitt Romney, the campaign to reelect President Obama is already exploring a separate TV ad using a leaked campaign fund-raising video of the GOP candidate that went viral on Monday.

Obama already posted a Web video today featuring "regular people" who are reacting to the video, which was leaked to Mother Jones and posted on its Web site on Monday. It appears that Millennium Park is in the background of the video.

A source close to the campaign says they are looking at a separate TV spot using the video.

In the Romney video, he is heard saying that 47 percent of Americans pay no income taxes, are entitled and as president: "my job is not to worry about those people."

Romney called a news conference late Monday to attempt to quell the growing firestorm over the comments.
He asked that the full video be released to show his comments in context.

Mother Jones earlier today said that will happen.