Worker who taped Romney
I think this comment did a lot of damage for Romney and it's interesting that the guy who taped him was part of that 47%. I would guess also guess that the reason this comment did so much damage was not because Romney is a rich guy but because of the unitarian message Romney was trying to push while also trying to paint himself as an American who was caring about the struggles of that 47% and the struggles it has. Furthermore, I would even argue that the real reason this did damage was because well, Romney with his other comments about "waging $10K" and having friends who own NASCAR teams made him sound far more elitist than he probably is in real life.Romney's remarks were taped at a May 2012 fundraiser in Florida. In the video, made public by Mother Jones in September, Romney told supporters that backers of President Barack Obama are "victims" and dependent on the government.“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what," Romney said. "There are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the 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.”
Romney later backed off his remarks—though he didn't quite apologize. He told reporters that his comments were "not elegantly stated."
In short, this wasn't a good move on Romney's behalf. Even if he did think it would never get out.