COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

A 4-year-old YouTube video is new fuel for Democrats who say Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez isn't the right choice for Colorado governor.

The video resurfaced Thursday, two days after a Rasmussen poll showed Gov. John Hickenlooper and Beauprez are neck and neck among random sampling of Colorado voters.  The video is from a 2010 speech Beauprez delivered to the Denver Rotary Club.  In the speech, Beauprez talks about the 47 percent of Americans who, at the time, did not pay federal income tax.

"I'm guessing most of you in this room are not in that 47 percent and God bless you," Beauprez said.  "What that tells me is that we have almost half of the population perfectly happy that somebody else is paying the bill and most of that half is you all."

Beauprez goes on to suggest that Democrats want to keep those people from paying federal income taxes.

"There is a political strategy to get slightly over half and have a permanent ruling political majority by keeping over half of the population dependent on the largesse of government that somebody else is paying for," Beauprez said.

KRDO NewsChannel 13 talked to Beauprez's campaign manager, Dustin Olson, who said the speech was taken out of context and that Beauprez stands behind his words.

In a statement to KRDO NewsChannel 13 Thursday, Olson wrote:

"Clearly Hickenlooper and his radical liberal allies are desperate following the recent Rasmussen poll showing Bob Beauprez tied with John Hickenlooper. In full context, it's clear Bob's saying it's sad more people are not doing well enough to pay federal income tax.  Like Bob said at our rally in Colorado Springs yesterday we should be focused on lifting people up and creating more jobs and opportunity. It's unfortunate that after years of Obama's and Hickenlooper's failed policies so many hardworking Americans are not making enough money to pay federal income tax.
It's time to change that."

Democrats fired back, saying this shows how Beauprez contradicts himself.

In a statement to KRDO NewsChannel 13 Thursday, the executive director of the Colorado Democratic Party wrote:

"Congressman Beauprez will say anything to get elected, but Coloradans won't buy it. When he was catering to his Tea Party base to win a Primary, he warned of an impending 'civil war' and attacked 47% of Americans, including veterans and seniors, as lazy. Now he is trying sell his 'Unity Tour' across our state. On his website, he's peddling his idea of 'Liberty's Promise', yet when he was in Congress he championed warrantless wire taps in his vote for the Patriot Act. Bob Beauprez is so full of contradictions, he should come with a warning label, 'warning, following too closely may cause whiplash.'"

In 2012, presidential candidate Mitt Romney came under fire for his remarks about the 47 percent at a private fundraiser.

Romney said, in part, "There are 47 percent who are with him (the president), who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it."

According to FactCheck.org in 2010, Beauprez was correct to say around 47 percent, at the time, did not pay federal income tax. However the distinction comes when it is inferred that the 47 percent are Democrats who depend on the government.

FactCheck.org found that nearly half of the "47 percent" were seniors who tended to vote Republican. In addition some of the 47 percent who did not pay federal income taxes were high-income families.