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Romney Camp Claims Fundraiser Video Omits Key Middle East Stance

Danny Lee |
September 19, 2012 | 3:56 p.m. PDT

Executive Producer

Secretly-taped fundraiser video continues to be a distraction for the Romney camp. (Marc Nozell/Creative Commons)
Secretly-taped fundraiser video continues to be a distraction for the Romney camp. (Marc Nozell/Creative Commons)
Mitt Romney's campaign continues to fight back against secretly-taped comments the GOP presidential candidate made at a May fundraiser, only this time, it involves a portion of the video where he said he won't pursue a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine, according to Talking Points Memo.

The Romney campaign claims the original clip of the video released Tuesday by left-leaning Mother Jones was edited to leave out a key element of Romney's stance. When President Barack Obama's press secretary Ben LaBolt said on MSNBC that Romney would "walk away from the peace process" when referring to content from the tape, the Romney camp fired back.

More from Talking Points Memo:

“President Obama’s record on the Middle East is one of lofty promises and non-existent achievements,” spokesman Ryan Williams said in a statement. “Unable to defend the president’s record, his spokespeople are launching patently untrue and disproven attacks. Gov. Romney believes that the path to a two-state solution is American strength and resolve and to ensure the security of Israel.”

To back up his assertion that the attacks are “untrue,” Williams’s email linked to a Politico article showing that during the May fundraiser, Romney said that staunch support for Israel might one day lead to a settlement — remarks that were left out of the first clips released by Mother Jones. Romney’s full remarks were included when Mother Jones released the complete video.

As for that other portion of the secretly-taped video making headlines, Ann Romney has come out in defense of her husband, claiming that Mitt Romney's now infamous "47 percent" comments were "taken out of context" and that he doesn't disdain the poor, Politico reported.

“It’s unfortunate when something gets misinterpreted like this or it’s taken out of context because if you really do listen to everything that he does say, he’s talking about what we’re facing in America right now,” Ann Romney told a Fox's affiliate in Denver. “We’re facing some really difficult situations. If we don’t take corrective measures soon, more and more people will be dependent on government, and that’s not what he wants."

In the video, Mitt Romney said 47 percent of Americans are "dependent on government," referring to Obama supporters who will "vote for this president no matter what."


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