Missing two minutes of controversial Romney fundraising video found; candidate praises less fortunate, Islam, pacificism

20 Sep

BOCA RATON, Florida—an unedited version of the tape of Mitt Romney’s controversial remarks at a May fundraiser has been found, filling in two minutes that were missing from the original version released on Monday.

In the two-minute gap, Romney forcefully advocates a series of steps to reduce poverty, endorses the religious underpinnings of Islam and non-violent jihad, and suggests the United States unilaterally disarm, according to a copy of the video reviewed by Twissblog.

“Although it is not my job to worry about the 47% of Americans who pay no income taxes, I believe that we as a country should look after them all the same,” says Romney in the video. “That’s why I’m proposing tonight the most aggressive anti-poverty program since the Johnson administration, including an expansion of the earned-income tax credit, more generous welfare benefits, and doubled funding for mental-health programs.”

Romney suggests funding these programs “by slashing our military expenditures, which have grown far beyond any rational defense needs, and bringing our troops home.” He goes on to argue that we will be much safer “if we try to understand where the terrorists are coming from and negotiate with them.”

After a short pitch for legalizing gay marriage, Romney goes on to ask the wealthy assembled in the room to “pay your share,” noting that “we should be more like Europe, where the top earners shoulder a greater portion of the tax burden, so that we can provide expanded social services and better health care to all.”

Just before the two minutes are up, Romney goes on to say “on behalf of all Americans, I want to profoundly apologize for any actions our country has taken that have offended or upset people elsewhere in the world. I’m really sorry.”

2 Responses to “Missing two minutes of controversial Romney fundraising video found; candidate praises less fortunate, Islam, pacificism”

  1. charliecountryboy September 20, 2012 at 3:44 pm #

    That’s the most interesting article I’ve read all week, thanks 😉


    • Richard Farrell September 26, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

      Thanks for filling in those two minutes. It just shows how the Obama campaign tends to take everything out of context, like quoting moderately conservative David Brooks’ suggestion that the secret service code name for Romney is “mannequin”. After all, how many mannequins do you know that have sired children? Totally unfair and unbalanced.


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