After our class discussion and thinking about the situation on my own, it's hard to say what I would have done in that situation. There are so many factors that play into a proper response that it is difficult to say exactly what I would do. The challenges that are presented in this situation directly affect what Romney's response should have consisted of.
- The video: The fact that the full video was not release poses a challenge. Seeing only part of the video takes the answer out of context.
- Crucial timing: November is slowing closing in and the video was released at a crucial point in the political race. Just as Romney was beginning to gain some momentum the video caught on like wildfire.
- Mr. Right: Some of what Romney commented on was correct. His facts were not completely correct, but the point Romney was trying to get across was on the right path. If he had just thought about what he was saying before he said it, maybe the footage wouldn't have been so detrimental to his campaign.
Below is the video from YouTube of Romney's response: