The comments were made by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at a campaign fundraising event, where a bartender filmed the comments. The anonymous source then leaked the video to Mother Jones magazine, who published the remarks in a series of articles.
When asked about his decision to release the footage, the bartender told Ed Schultz “It was tough."
"And I debated for a little while, but in the end I really felt 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 really thought."
From Romney's comments at the fundraiser:
“There are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47% 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. That’s an entitlement. The government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. ... My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."
In an excerpt from the upcoming interview, Schultz asks the bartender if at any point he feared for his life. "I was up against the most powerful, the richest people in the country and the stakes were pretty high and you never know what could happen,” he said. “There’s nuts out there. You just don’t know. I've certainly had threats.”