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Romney video: Fatal gaffe or bump in the road?

Published on Sep 19, 2012 11:05 AM

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AFP) - Is it October yet? The damning, campaign-squashing surprises that send United States presidential candidates to their doom traditionally break in the month before the election, but Mr Mitt Romney is facing a monumental challenge now.

A series of undeniable gaffes, including leaked video footage that shows Mr Romney dismissing 47 per cent of the American public as government-dependent "victims", threatens to sink his campaign in the run-up to election day on Nov 6, analysts say.

The secret video, published by liberal magazine Mother Jones and which also shows Mr Romney telling donors that Palestinians have "no interest whatsoever in establishing peace" with Israel, has some pundits and critics already writing Mr Romney's political obituary.

It is the most trouble the Republican nominee has had in conveying his message during his campaign against President Barack Obama, and the incumbent seized on the footage to claim his rival has lost presidential credibility.

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