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Jackson Ripley won't get to personally vote in a U.S. presidential election until 2020, but he's got some pretty strong opinions on the one coming up in 2012.

The 12-year-old from Colorado was watching political news coverage with his mom about pre-existing health care when he decided to write a letter about it.

A letter to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Jackson Ripley

Ripley ripped the former Massachusetts Governor not over his 47 percent comments, but his ever-changing health care stance and whether he actually will or won't repeal Obamacare, a.k.a. the Affordable Care Act, if elected president.

Citing contradicting statements from Romney on Meet the Press and the Tonight Show, the adolescent also describes the plight of his little sister, Kennedy.

It is Kennedy's pre-existing conditions that have Jackson spooked by President Obama's challenger, who he also criticizes for his stances on gay and women's rights.

Voting age or not, Ripley's mind is made up. Read Jackson's full letter to Mitt Romney, spelling and grammar and formatting unchanged, after the jump ...

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is seeking to divert attention from a certain viral video that leaked this week by directing your attention to ... another viral video that leaked this week. Give it up for the Internet!

In damage control mode after a video from a private May 2012 fundraiser showed Romney saying 47 percent of voters are entitled and dependent on government handouts, Mitt pointed to a 1998 clip of President Obama saying he believes in redistribution.

"The president's view is one of larger government, there's a tape that came out today where the president's saying he likes redistribution," he told Fox News.

"I disagree. I think a society based upon a nation where government plays a larger and larger role, redistributes money, that's the wrong course for America."

The audio file was first posted on The Drudge Report, a conservative site run by Matt Drudge, a close friend of Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades.

Romney used the audio to try and paint Obama as the head of a government taking "from some" to "give to the others," an "entirely foreign concept."

"I know there's a divide in the country," Romney continued. "I know that some believe that government should take from some and give to the others. I think the president makes it clear in the tape that was released today that that's what he believes."

Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt fired back:

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An audio recording of President Obama speaking at Chicago's Loyola University in 1998 has surfaced. In it, Obama outlines his belief in the redistribution of wealth.

Then-Illinois State Senator Obama spoke out against "propaganda" that said government doesn't work and the need to use its means to help the less fortunate.

Obama discussed the need to "pool resources and hence facilitate some redistribution because I actually believe in redistribution." Take a listen below ...

The recording, leaked online Tuesday, is the obvious conservative counterpoint to Mitt Romney's "47 percent" comments, which sparked controversy this week.

Similar to the Romney video, Obama the presidential candidate might've chosen different words, but the content of the remarks is fairly consistent for him.

Not to mention the Democratic Party platform in general, really.

In fact, Obama spoke of the need to "spread the wealth around" on the campaign trail in 2008, a sound bite rival John McCain hammered him over (to no avail).

Given sufficient time to articulate his economic positions (see Obama on Letterman last night), they would surely be more palatable to independent voters.

Like Romney, his views wouldn't change much, however.

The difference in worldview between the two candidates is stark, but these videos don't reveal much of anything new to people who've paid attention all along.

That said, what choice are you making in 2012?

 

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President Barack Obama stopped by the Late Show With David Letterman last night, and had barely sat down before being asked about the Mitt Romney video.

The secretly-recorded-calling-Obama-backers-entitled-irresponsible-drains-on-society video, which Romney stands by, while acknowledging poor word choice.

Letterman asked Obama for his take on Mitt describing "47 percent of Americans" in this manner, to which he said, "One of the things I learned as president is you represent the entire country ... if you want to be president, you have to work for everyone."

Obama noted that in 2008, 47 percent of America voted for his rival, John McCain.

"This is a big country. And people disagree a lot, but one thing I've never tried to do and I think none of us can do in public office is suggest that because somebody doesn't agree with me that they're victims or they're unpatriotic," he said.

"There are not a lot of people out there who think they're victims. There are not a lot of people who think they're entitled to something."

"We've got some obligations to each other, and there's nothing wrong with us giving each other a helping hand so that that single mom's kid, after all the work she's done ... can afford to go to college, go cure the next disease, go start the next Google."

"I think that's a good investment for America."

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney admitted his comments captured on hidden camera at a fundraiser earlier this year were "not elegantly stated," but did not back away from the broader point he was trying to make.

In the video, which leaked Monday, he is seen telling donors that 47 percent of voters are "victims" reliant on handouts and will support President Obama regardless. Last night, Romney called his remarks "off the cuff" but wouldn't disavow them.

"It was not elegantly stated, I'll put it that way," Romney said, noting that he was merely talking about the "political process of drawing people into my campaign."

"I'm speaking off the cuff in response to a question, and I'm sure I can state it more clearly in a more effective way than I did in a setting like that," he added.

However, "It's a message which I carry and will continue to carry."

Asked what he meant by the word "victims," Romney tried to cast the remarks as simply accentuating the differences between his campaign and Barack Obama's.

"My campaign is about helping people take more responsibility and becoming employed again, particularly those who don't have work," the challenger said.

"Do you believe in a government-centered society that provides more and more or do you believe in a free enterprise society where people pursue their dreams?"

The full text of Romney's remarks from the clip appear below. Do you think this will hurt his campaign? Leave a comment and vote in our poll:

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Clint Eastwood stopped by Ellen Monday and spoke out about his now-infamous "Invisible Obama" speech at the RNC. He called the response "interesting."

"The Democrats who were watching thought I was going senile," he said, smiling. "The Republicans knew I was... I was actually just trying to enjoy myself."

The former mayor of Carmel, Calif., went on to stay that his political views are more Libertarian - "where Republicans used to be" - than strictly conservative.

"You're socially liberal, leave everybody alone, but you believe in fiscal responsibility and you believe in government staying out of your life," he explained.

For that, the crowd gave the Trouble With the Curve star a round of applause:

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A secretly recorded video has emerged in which Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney can be heard apparently disparaging voters - specifically those who support President Barack Obama - at a private dinner with donors.

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The GOP nominee can be heard (and seen, albeit far away) positing that "47 percent" of Americans do not pay any income taxes, consider themselves victims, feel entitled to handouts and would never even think about voting for him anyway.

"I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives," Romney says of Obama's "huge advantage." Take a look below:

Responses to this will likely fall into one of two categories:

  1. The truth hurts! He's just stating facts! People are such leeches!
  2. Wow, what an out of touch monster! He hates half the country!

The truth is probably somewhere in between, with the main takeaway being that Mitt's words were not chosen particularly well, especially in this media age.

Whether or not he harbors disdain for 47, 48, 49 percent of the country ... did he learn nothing from Obama's "cling" controversy four and a half years ago?

What do you think of Mitt's remarks, and who are you voting for in 2012? Share your thoughts, opinions and commentary on the campaign with us below...

 

UPDATE, 9/18: Addressing the controversial video, Mitt Romney stood by the comments, while conceding that he did not articulate his point very elegantly.

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Nakoula Basseley Nakoula (also known as Sam Bacile) has been revealed as the creator of the anti-Muslim film that has contributed to violent protests in the Middle East.

"Innocence of Muslims", a low-budget movie filmed this year, has been blamed at least in part for the recent political and social unrest in the already volatile region.

Here's the New York Daily News' photo of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula (a.k.a. Sam Bacile) on the set of Innocence of Muslims with actress Anna Gurji ...

 Nakoula Basseley Nakoula (a.k.a. Sam Bacile)

Nakoula, who resides in Cerritos, Calif., is believed to have gotten considerable financial backing for the now-infamous movie from strident anti-Islam organizations.

The film triggered violence in Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia, Morocco, Sudan, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Palestinian territories and Libya, where Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed.

Federal investigators questioned - but later released - Nakoula, who is on probation for a check-kiting scheme. The 55-year-old was not arrested by authorities.

The Egyptian-born filmmaker has since gone into hiding, according to The AP.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denounced the video as "disgusting and reprehensible" last week but defended the right of American citizens to express their opinions.

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A comedian pretending to be a disillusioned former supporter of President Barack Obama appeared on Fox & Friends today and gave an utterly ridiculous interview.

Max Rice appeared via satellite during a segment on the staggering unemployment rate for people ages 18-24 and its impact on Obama in November's election.

Fox & Friends co-host Gretchen Carlson introduced Rice as a "recent college grad who voted for President Obama" and who "just moved out of his parents' home."

Quickly, it became obvious that Rice was pulling one over on Fox News.

Rice interrupted Carlson's introduction, saying "S'up," and then told her, "Miss USA, it's an honor." Carlson noted that she was actually Miss America, not USA.

"Miss Universe in my book," he said, going on to state that "I was a huge Obama supporter in 2008 ... I met him in third grade. I met him when I was little."

Asked why he is now supporting Mitt Romney, Rice claimed he lost a bet in a pickup basketball game. "Are you being serious about this or not?" Carlson asked.

"Yeah," Rice said. "I can't see your face right now. This is so weird."

Not to mention hilariously random. It's unclear how "not ready for prime time" Rice finagled this gig in the first place, but hopefully they have him back on.

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Snoop Dogg / Snoop Lion has offered an official endorsement of President Barack Obama, laying out his arguments in concise, not entirely illogical fashion.

At the Toronto International Film Festival, he made the case for giving Obama four more years in an expletive-filled, absurd, yet compelling manner.

"We need to give Obama four more years," he said. "Bush f*%ked up for eight years, so you gotta at least give him eight years. He cleaned half the $h!t up in four years."

Snoop continued his defense of our 44th President, metaphorically accusing Bush of leaving the White House in shambles and handing Obama a real fixer-upper.

"It ain't like y'all gave him a clean house. You gave him a house where the TV didn't work, the toilet was stuffed up. Everything was wrong with the house."

"So he had to come in and get y'all thing together."

Dogg-Lion then pivoted to the Obama administration's success in killing Osama bin Laden, the world's most notorious terrorist, in a covert raid last year.

"And then he went and knocked down our most hated, our most wanted. The one who had our terror warning on red or orange or whatever color it was."

"He went and found him. The one Bush couldn't seem to find, the one who seemed to fly away on the day of 9/11 ... he went and found him. Remember that?"

"Don't forget about that. Now everybody is peaceful and able to move around and have a good time. It's because he made that happen. So please don't forget that."

"So give him four [more] years to get this thing together and finish this deal out. You heard what [Bill] Clinton said? You loved Bill Clinton, didn't ya?"

Did ya?