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The Best Political Memes of the 2012 Presidential Election

From 'Laughing Joe Biden' to '47 percent,' here are the viral trends that went mainstream

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The 47 Percent

A stealthily taped video of Mitt Romney at a fundraising event (released by Mother Jones) showed the presidential candidate deriding "47 percent of the country" as lazy, Obama-supporting freeloaders who felt entitled to benefits. The immediate outcry stunted Romney, who claimed that his comments were taken out of context, and the loaded words "47 percent" were brought up soon after by Vice President Joe Biden during his debate with Romney's running mate, Paul Ryan.

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