WASHINGTON - Mother Jones released the full video this afternoon of the private fund-raiser where Mitt Romney disparaged 47 percent of Americans, saying that they paid no taxes, were dependent on government subsidies, and couldn’t be convinced to vote against President Obama.
The full 49-minute video, broken into two parts, was posted online around 2:30 p.m., as Romney had challenged the magazine to do on Monday night.
The Republican presidential nominee is expected to appear at 4 p.m. on the Fox News Channel, where questions will surely center on the video that began to leak on Monday afternoon.
The video shows Romney standing up at the front of a room in Boca Raton, Fla., in mid-May, parrying questions from top-dollar donors who challenge him on various issues.
“My question is, why don’t you stick up for yourself?” one man asks. “Why is it bad to aspire to be wealthy and successful?”
When Romney notes that he’s “not terribly well known,” a female donor chimes in, “You’re known as a rich boy!”
Throughout, Romney is standing up at the head of a table while his campaign donors sit and eat. Romney himself is seen reaching down to spear bites of food as he continues standing during the questions. At one point, Romney stops his talk and notes, “You’re not eating!” A donor replies, “I’m mesmerized!”
“Just to show you,” Romney says, grabbing a fork. “You take this, with your fork. You put it in.”
Some of the controversial segments have already been leaked.
In one, Romney talks about the 47 percent of Americans who he says don’t pay income taxes. In another, he talks about how he has little hope for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.Matt Viser can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @mviser.