A video of Mitt Romney has surfaced in which he makes disparaging remarks about Americans who support US President Barack Obama.
The comments by the Republican Party's presidential candidate were recorded at a private fundraiser after the primary season ended.
The apparent gaffe is the latest problem to hit a presidential run already in trouble.
Romney said he stands by his message even as he conceded the comments were not "elegantly stated'' and that they were spoken "off the cuff."
Al Jazeera's Alan Fisher reports fro Washington D.C.