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MAR
13
1 years

Bartender Who Recorded '47 Percent' Romney Video to Reveal Identity on MSNBC

"I felt I owed it to the people who couldn’t afford to be there themselves to hear what he really thought," said the man who captured the Republican's infamous remarks.

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The anonymous filmmaker who captured Mitt Romney's widely circulated off-the-record remarks at campaign fundraiser last May will reveal his identity Wednesday night on MSNBC's Ed Show

According to excerpts released by the network, the man who shot the videotape was a bartender at the event. He debated whether he should release the video of the Republican stating, among other comments, that 47 percent of the country will vote for Barack Obama "no matter what."

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"I felt I owed it to the people who couldn’t afford to be there themselves to hear what he really thought," said the bartender to host Ed Schultz

“I simply wanted [Romney's] words to go out," he elaborated. "And everybody could make a judgment based on his words and his words alone. The guy was running for the presidency and these were his core beliefs. 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."

The bartender anonymously spoke to the Huffington Post, telling the website: "I felt it was a civic duty. I couldn't sleep after I watched [Romney's remarks]."

The video, which was released last September by Mother Jones magazine in a series of web articles, has been credited with putting the Republican candidate on the defensive during the election cycle and contributing to his eventual electoral defeat.