September 19th, 2012
12:49 PM ET
6 years ago

#missing2min: The Romney tapes' two missing minutes

(CNN) – The secretly recorded tapes of Mitt Romney speaking at a fund-raiser in May were released first in clips on Monday, and later in their full form on Tuesday.

At least what appeared to be their full form: David Corn, the Washington bureau chief for Mother Jones, the magazine that first posted the tapes, says "one to two minutes" of the fund-raiser were never captured, according to the person who recorded it.

- Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker

- Check out the CNN Electoral Map and Calculator and game out your own strategy for November.

"The source says that recording inadvertently switched off in the middle of the fundraiser and that the source turned it back on as soon as s/he noticed this," Corn said Tuesday. "The source estimates that one to two minutes were missed, adding it might have been less time than that."

The video of Romney, which went viral and allowed Democrats to blast their rival as out of touch with struggling Americas, contained several nuggets from the GOP presidential nominee, including a remark that Americans dependent on government support were "victims," and comments casting doubt on the prospect for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

The missing portion was not immediately apparent in the video posted on Mother Jones' website, since the full video was posted in two separate YouTube clips. The first ends with Romney discussing the "47% of the people who will vote for the president," and the second begins with Romney discussing trade with China.

Reaction online to the missing two minutes was both serious and irreverent.

Conservatives questioned why it was billed as the "full video" if a portion was missing. The Blaze, a website run by former Fox News host Glenn Beck, asked, "why did the video cut out at such a crucial part? Where is the missing video? And why is this being advertised as the 'uncut' footage?"

But on Twitter, reaction was lighter, with people filling in what they thought could be missing in the tapes.

CNN's Justin Lear contributed to this report.

Also see:

– Eastwood: If they were 'dumb enough to ask me…'

– In new tape, Romney casts doubt on peace in Israel

– Obama camp wastes no time highlighting Romney tapes

– Hatch might 'die before his term' ends, opponent charges

– Biden on Romney tape: 'words speak for themselves'

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
soundoff (202 Responses)
  1. Yonni

    Has anyone notice this dialog with Romney and the participant. I believe he acted on Libya based on this promise and clearly shows that he used the crises for political gain: Mitt Romney "– in that election, in the Jimmy Carter election, the– the fact that we had hostages in– in– in Iran, I mean that was all we talked about.

    And we had the two helicopters crash in the desert. I mean that's– that was– that was the focus. And so him solving that made all the difference in the world. I'm afraid today if you simply got Iran to agree to stand down on their nuclear weapon they'd go– you know, hold on. It's really– you know, but– but, by the way, if something of that nature– presents itself, I– I will work to find a way to take advantage of the opportunity. Please. Yes?"

    September 19, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  2. Thomas

    If the recorder was not recording then there are no "missing minutes."

    September 19, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    The person recording it edited out the part where Romney says "everything I'm about to say is a joke to make me lsound like an idiot"

    September 19, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I think we get where Mittens is coming from, even without the missing one to two minutes.

    September 19, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  5. Al

    The missing minute or two is when Romney said "everything I'm about to say is just a joke to make me sound like an insensitive jerk"

    September 19, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. Bill

    If they are as bad as what we have seen, maybe the Romney camp should be glad they are missing. No matter, Mittens is in a downward spiral and on October 3, he will be summarily eviserated on national television by Obama. Donations are already falling off, ad money is being pulled, and the GOP hierarchy knows the endgame is at hand.

    September 19, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. Gurgyl

    Why we need all this–we now know the GIST.

    September 19, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  8. Fair is Fair

    Shame on you, CNN. Only democrats are taken out of context. Clearly, there is nothing wrong with selective editing... why just not too long ago, Andrea Mitchell from MSNBC was caught selectively editing, and everyone knows how non-partisan she is. Nothing to see here... move along... please just keep moving along...

    September 19, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. truth hurts

    I'm curious.... Was this taping legal in the state in which it was done??? Did this person break any laws?

    September 19, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  10. TJ

    I'm a father and middle class... I like what he said throughout the tape. I'm glad someone finally said it.

    September 19, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  11. Lionel

    The fact of the matter, the damage has been done. We have seen the real Romney and he is not presidencial.

    The election cannot come soon enough.

    September 19, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  12. Charlie

    Four favorite words of the GOP. "Taken out of context."

    September 19, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  13. truth hurts

    Well, one thing is for sure. The Democrats can expect the very same thing to happen at some of their closed events. You have now shown that even breaking laws is acceptable practice in election campaigns.

    September 19, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  14. NVa Native

    Another great American with the last name Carter serving his country!

    September 19, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  15. Mayo

    2 mins is hardly a 'chunk' as your teaser on your home page says – 'Romney tapes missing chunk'

    September 19, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  16. Dave

    I voted in a poll on CNN and read there was one on MSNBC also and 78% of both polls agreed with what Romney said. It seems the liberal media in America are doing everything they can to make an issue out of this but what they fail to recognize is the vast majority of the voting citizens agree with what Romney said. Not only on the 47% issue but also on the Palestinian issue as well. Everyone understands the Palestinians dont want peace they want Israel eliminated. The media will go down in flames when Romney wins this election after claiming for so long that Romney was out of touch with the average citizen. It will come out that the liberal media was the one out of touch with the people.

    September 19, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  17. NVa Native

    No matter how you take this video – even if you follow the GOP deniers ~ Romoney is the worst candidate ever.
    And no matter how the desperately the GOP is trying to re-write history ~ Dubbers is factually the worst President ever.

    September 19, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  18. Andy

    So, rather than actually questioning what's missing from the two-minute gap, and decrying the "selective editing," like they did for the ACORN videos, CNN would rather just encourage its readers to mock the gap with a Twitter hashtag. I see. #doublestandard.

    September 19, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  19. ZekeTX

    It's like when the GOP ran "You didn't build that" over and over again without full context. Or maybe it's not. Either way, the GOP has no right to whine about the possibility that his remarks are being taken out of context. Don't dish it out if you can't take it.

    September 19, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  20. Gale

    I fail to see why the media and the Democrats do not see the wrong in "secretly" taping a private fund raising meeting. The Democrats will stoop to any level to keep the worst President we have ever had in office.

    September 19, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  21. George

    Romney is right about the 47% who relies on government handout. What Romney failed to mentions all the republican executives that rely on government contracts like defence contracts etc. If they were trully free markets advacates the cost of buying a rifle would be a fraction of the cost the Government spends presently. An open market system would cut defence spending by 60 to 70%. The truth is republicans are biggest benefactors of all the stimulas spending from the banks to wall street to manufactering. One thing Oboma must stop doing is rewarding the individual who created these conditions

    September 19, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  22. B.

    The Truth will really hurt when the Republicans realize that they have put all of their resources in the Wrong Basket!

    Romney is his own worst enemy because he just does not understand how limited he is in understanding real people and their lives.

    He has the "Wrong Stuff".....

    September 19, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  23. Lenny Pincus

    Mitt's lucky that two minutes are missing. Two minutes less of his usual vapid stupidity.

    September 19, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  24. Ready

    If we still had journalists in this country maybe we could have known this was an attempted setup. Instead we have a media intent on getting a 'gotcha' moment.

    September 19, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  25. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Taken out of context? Oh come on... That dog don't hunt. Mitt didn't deny this did he? No! He doubled down.!

    Grow up already and OWN your foolish candidate rather than trying to make excuses that he himself won't make!

    September 19, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9