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Scott Prouty, Man Behind Romney ‘47 Percent’ Video, Comes Forward
Posted on Mar 14, 2013
Scott Prouty, the 38-year-old Florida bartender who secretly filmed Mitt Romney’s infamous “47 percent” remark that negatively impacted the GOP presidential nominee’s campaign, revealed in his first interview why he felt obligated to release the video. “You shouldn’t have to be able to afford $50,000 to hear what a candidate actually thinks,” he told MSNBC’s Ed Schultz on Wednesday.
“The guy was running for the presidency and these were his core beliefs,” he said. “And I think everybody can judge whether that’s appropriate or not or whether they believe the same way he does. I felt an obligation to expose the things he was saying.”
Prouty said he brought the video camera to the May 2012 fundraiser thinking that Romney would take pictures with the staff, like Bill Clinton had done at another event Prouty worked. (The aloof Romney not only did not oblige, but upon his arrival to the fundraiser he asked the service industry workers to move along.)
”I didn’t go there with a grudge against Romney,” he said. “I really had no idea he would say what he said.”
But among the things he did videotape Romney saying that day was this particularly damaging remark: that “the 47 percent who are with him (Obama), 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, to you name it. These are people who pay no income tax.” Romney himself acknowledged in a recent interview that he believed the video “did real damage” to his campaign.
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Mother Jones’ David Corn, who first reported the story, explained after the interview aired how he got the video and tracked down its anonymous source:
Watch the interview:
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