President Barack Obama won the 2012 election in impressive fashion. He took the popular vote by four percent, and he took Mitt Romney to school on the electoral map – 332 electoral votes to 226 electoral votes.
While President Obama’s victory can be attributed to numerous things that he and his team did right throughout the campaigning process, it would be naïve to say that he won this past November just on the strength of his own candidacy. He got a lot of help from his counterpart along the way.
One of Romney’s most notable missteps was his now infamous ’47 percent’ comment. During a private speech, thinking that nobody was paying attention, the former Massachusetts governor said this:
"There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. There are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it."
Unbeknownst to Romney, there was a hidden camera in the room capturing his entire presentation.
"Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax," Romney added, noting that his role "is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."
Those comments were universally denounced by people on both sides of the aisle, and Romney eventually apologized for them, claiming that they came across differently than the way he intended.
Nevertheless, they did serious damage to his campaign.
On Wednesday night, the man who filmed Romney’s ’47 percent’ video will appear on MSNBC to discuss why he a.) captured the footage and b.) decided to leak it.
In an interview that Ed Schultz teased Tuesday night, the man said this:
“It was tough. And I debated for a little while but in the end, I really felt like it had to be put out. I felt I owed it to the people who couldn’t afford to be there themselves to hear what he [Romney] really thought.”
Said Schultz on last night’s program: “[Wednesday] night, exclusively here, you will see his face. He will tell you his name. He will explain the full story of the 47 percent video [Wednesday] night. You will meet the man who changed political history.”