Secretly recorded Mitt Romney comments from a May fundraiser about a dependent "47 percent" have created a firestorm throughout the country, including right here in sunny South Florida.
At the private dinner at the Boca home of millionaire playboy Marc Leder, Romney called 47 percent of Americans "victims, who believe that the government has the responsibility to care for them."
"There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what," Romney said. "All right -- there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent on government, who believe that, that they are victims, who believe that government has the responsibility to care for them. Who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing... [M]y job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."
Though he refused to disavow his comments after the they made news, the Republican presidential candidate insisted during a forum taped for Univision Wednesday that "my campaign is about the 100 percent."
But in the most recent polling, the damage appears to have made an impact. In the election-deciding swing states of Ohio, Virginia, and Florida -- states political pundits conjuncture are necessary for Romney to eek the increasingly fleeting prospect of an Electoral College win -- incumbent Barack Obama is currently leading beyond the margin of error.
While Romney's so-called "47 percent" includes a wide swath of Americans, it also includes many students we met at Miami-Dade College. As Romney campaigned in Miami, we asked students what they thought of Romney's comments:
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