NBC LATINO – Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney joked in a fundraiser that he would have a better chance of winning the election if his father would not just have been born in Mexico, but had actually been Latino.

“My dad, as you probably know, was the governor of Michigan and was the head of a car company. But he was born in Mexico… and had he been born of Mexican parents, I’d have a better shot at winning this,” said Romney at a fundraiser, adding “But he was unfortunately born to Americans living in Mexico. He lived there for a number of years. I mean, I say that jokingly, but it would be helpful to be Latino.”

The liberal magazine Mother Jones released the video, which was recorded surreptitiously, and the story, saying they  had verified it.  The video was immediately disseminated by other media outlets, as well as the DNC.  Apart from his comments on being Latino, Romney was asked what his thoughts were on how to win in November.  Romney told the crowd at the fundraiser about his priorities, and described those he thought would vote for President Obama.

NBC Latino opinion: Romney’s comments just part of Tea Party rhetoric

“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what.  All right, 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.  That that’s an entitlement,” said Romney in the fundraiser.

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