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Post Show Thoughts: Debate on the 47%

Comments by Mitt Romney  that 47% of Americans who support President Obama view themselves as "victims," released this week have caused a firestorm for the GOP nominee.

A top campaign supporter of Romney's, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) said this morning on Meet the Press that those comments would not be how Mitt Romney would lead as president.

"That certainly was a political analysis at a fundraiser, but it's not a governing philosophy."

Our roundtable had a broader debate about the current state of Mitt Romney's campaign after a couple of rough weeks including polls showing the president ahead in important battleground states and the release of the fundraiser video. The question was: does the Romney campaign need a re-boot?

New York Times columnist David Brooks said he thinks Romney is "faking it."

"Mitt Romney does not have the passion for the stuff he's talking about," Brooks said. "I think he's a non-ideological person running in an extremely ideological age and he's faking it."

He suggests that Romney become "the PowerPoint guy," and try to sell the American people on the details how he can get them back to work. 

Romney adviser Bay Buchanan said that the campaign is "bringing out those details as we speak," and had a more optimistic view of how the race stands today. 

"We are in a dead heat nationally.  We have two polls showing it a dead heat, a tie.  And the momentum is ours.  You see that the president's numbers have come down.  Mitt Romney's numbers are coming up."

You can watch the entire program on our website to head more from our roundtable including why Joe Scarborough thinks the president is starting to act like "Elvis in '76."

We'll be back next week. If it's Sunday, it's Meet the Press.