Some wonder if it's the end of Mitt Romney's campaign after video emerged of Romney saying, "There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what," and who are dependent upon government. His job, he said, "is not to worry about those people." "I'll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives," Romney said. Unfortunately for presidential candidates, statements they'd like to remain unrepeated often end up on tape and aired multiple times. Here is a list of statements that raised red flags - whether the statements were taken out of context or not - from various presidential campaigns throughout the years.
Earlier this week, a tape was released of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaking at a fundraiser in Boca Raton, Fla.
"There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what," he said in the video. "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."
It wasn't Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis's answer that shocked Americans - it was his lack of emotion when asked in a 1988 interview if he'd choose the death penalty if his wife had been raped and murdered.
Red flags were raised after Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's remark that Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac were becoming too big for taxpayers.
"The companies, as McClatchy reported, 'aren't taxpayer funded but operate as private companies. The takeover may result in a taxpayer bailout during reorganization,'" according to the Huffington Post.
During Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater's candidacy in 1964, he often mentioned the use of nuclear weapons.
Americans wondered if a nuclear war would start if he became President of the United States, according to
The Politkal blog.
In a TV interview during his run for the presidency, Michigan Gov. George Romney said, "When I came back from Vietnam I just had the greatest brainwashing that anyone can get." He went on to say that he no longer thought it was necessary for the U.S. to get involved in South Vietnam.
Learning that a possible president was brainwashed on the Vietnam War was a deal breaker for Romney.
When Vice President Joe Biden told a rally that Hillary Clinton would be a better vice president than him, it made people do a double take.
When he was running for president in 2008, President Barack Obama stated that he had been to all 57 states. Wait, how many states are there?
When Gov. Rick Perry of Texas was in the running for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, he drew a blank during a Republican presidential debate on which three government agencies he'd like to shut down.
Fellow candidate Ron Paul even offered to assist Perry in remembering which federal agencies he'd do away with.
"In the first presidential debate of 1976, President Gerald Ford mistakenly said that Poland was free of Soviet domination. It wasn’t," the San Francisco Chronicle reported. "The gaffe proved costly to Ford among blue-collar voters whose families came from Soviet-dominated Eastern Europe."
Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts became known as a "flip-flopper" when he stated that he had voted for the Iraq war, and later voted against it.
The statement ended up hurting his campaign.
We want to hear what you think the top blunders from presidential races are. Leave us a comment with your favorite gaffes and if their words ended up hurting or helping the candidate's campaign.