Romney stands by his ‘47 percent’ electoral analysis

Briefing: Romney celebrates a reporter's birthday. (Reuters /Jim Young via mjb_leo on flickr)
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A secretly taped video from a private Mitt Romney fund-raiser showing the candidate saying Barack Obama can assume the support of 47 percent of Americans who pay no income tax and consider themselves victims threw Romney's campaign off schedule, if not off message.

As Blake Zeff points out, candidates at private (and presumably off-the-record) fund-raisers are under pressure to deliver something other than their stump speech—they need to deliver remarks that can be heard by high-dollar donors as something like candor. 

In a hastily called press conference after the video surfaced, Romney reiterated the substance of the remarks, which he said had not been "elegantly stated." He also called for the person who taped the fund-raiser to release the whole tape, so that the remarks could be heard in context.

The problem, as the press conference showed, is that those closed-door comments are not likely to be understood any differently, even with further context or explanation. In the room with those donors, Romney was saying precisely what he (and much of his party) believes. It's just not good politics to say it in public.

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Events

"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is in New York City."

Noon. Rudy Giuliani and economist Jonathan Lesser discuss the impact of closing Indian Point at an event organized by Manhattan Institute and live-streamed here.

5:45 p.m. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn attends the Service Members Legal Defense Network Reception, on the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, at 700 West 46th St., in Manhattan.

6 p.m. Rep. Joe Crowley and others host an event to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, at 108-01 Northern Blvd., in Corona, Queens.

6 p.m. Chief Judge of New York State Jonathan Lippman, former judge Judith Kaye, former judge Edwina Richardson-Mendelson and judge Carol Sherman, spea at the 50th Annniversary of the New York State Family Court, at 42 W. 44th St., in Manhattan.

6:30 p.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at the screening of a documentary commemorating 125 Years of the Hearst Corporation, at the Hearst Tower, at 300 W. 57th St., between Eighth and Ninth Aves., in Manhattan.

7 p.m. Bloomberg receives Visionaries Award at Conde Nast Traveler's 25th Anniversary Gala, at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, 142 W. 66th St., between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave., in Manhattan.

8 p.m. Stonewall Democrats discuss the Paid Sick Leave legislation, at the LGBT Community Center, at 208 W. 13th St., in Manhattan.

#2012

The Romney videos "were first posted on YouTube on Aug. 27 by a user identified as 'Anne Onymous.'" [Philip Rucker]

Romney stands by the substance of the remarks. The video "was apparently unearthed with help from James Carter, the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter." [Michael Shear]

The leaked video threw Romney's campaign off message, which, earlier, was grappling with the fallout from a Politico story about high-level infighting among his G.O.P. supporters. [Sara Murray and Patrick O'Connor]

Romney has lost the election, a columnist says, because the videos show him saying, basically, the middle class and poor people are under-taxed. [Josh Barro]

Another leaked video from that same event shows Romney trashing the two-state solution in Israel. [David Corn]

#NY01

This race may be determined by what happens between Obama and Romney. [Andrew Grossman]

Flashback: A history of why one congressional district keeps switching hands between Democrats and Republicans. [WNYC]

#NY17

Republicans think Rep. Nita Lowey's double-dipping issue will put their candidate, Joe Carvin, over the top. [Carl Campanile]

#NY18

A Siena poll finds freshman congresswoman Nan Hayworth leading Democratic challenger Sean Patrick Maloney by 13 points. [Brian Tumulty]

Cuomo has a 70-24 percent approval rating in the district, including a 58-37 percent approval rating among Republicans. [Siena]

#Albany

The Assembly released documents showing where exactly the $103,080 payout to Vito Lopez's sexual harassment victims came from. [Danny Hakim]

An extra $2,000 was paid to Jams Inc., which helped mediate the deal between the law firm representing Vito Lopez's sexual harassment victims, and the Assembly. [Glenn Blain]

"Even in tolerant, socially progressive NY, the GOP remains hostile territory for gays and lesbians." [Bill Hammond]

The New York Times says, of M.T.A. chairman Joe Lhota's Twitter use, "rarely has a figure rendered satire so superfluous." Also: look for the Dana Rubinstein link. [Matt Flegenheimer]

#OWS

It's a "fad" that had no real impact on Wall Street. [Andrew Ross Sorkin]

182 arrests were made, and all they did was create "inconveniences" for people. [Susannah Moran, Pervaiz Shallwani and Alison Fox]

Councilman Jumaane Williams had an altercation with police down at one of the demonstrations. [@JeffRae]

A spokesman for Wiliams said " In the midst of a police action involving one protester, two NYPD officers approached the Council Member and pushed him while he tried to explain his purpose at the park." [Facebook]

#Media

Three years' worth of CNN, Fox, NBC, PBS and other news outlets is now available online, for free, as part of a huge archiving project. [Bill Carter]

"What Fox News represents right now is the Romney campaign." [Rachel Maddow]

From Capital

A Republican, Democrat and independent will come together in Manhattan to raise money for their respective candidates. [Reid Pillifant]

Joe Ricketts, the billionaire founder of DNAinfo.com will raise money with John McCain. [Reid Pillifant]

NY-06 Republican candidate Dan Halloran is expected to attend a Manhattan fund-raiser for Tea Party congressman Allen West of Florida. [Azi Paybarah]

After Cuomo reportedly prepares to campaign for House Democratic candidates in New York, a lawmaker makes the case for Cuomo to help Senate Democrats too. [Azi Paybarah]

Images

City Councilman Jumaane Williams at an Occupy Wall Street protest last night. [@JeffRae]

The secret Romney video. [Mother Jones]

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Romney campaign advisers appear on air as Fox News contributors. [Rachel Maddow]

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