47% remarks were wrong, says Romney

2012-10-05 12:14

Harrisonburg - Mitt Romney said late on Thursday that his secretly-filmed remarks dismissing 47% of Americans as government dependents were "completely wrong".

Fresh from a victory in the first presidential debate that seemed to get his campaign back on track after the earlier remarks derailed it, the Republican challenger addressed the controversy in an interview on Fox News.

"Clearly in a campaign with hundreds if not thousands of speeches and question and answer sessions, now and then you are going to say something [that] doesn't out come right," he said.

"In this case, I said something that's just completely wrong. I absolutely believe, however, that my life has shown that I care about the 100%."

The video released last month by the liberal Mother Jones website showed Romney, in a closed-door meeting with wealthy donors, saying that 47% of Americans paid no income taxes, viewed themselves as victims and would vote for President Barack Obama in order to keep getting government handouts.

The remarks were widely criticised - even by Romney's fellow conservatives - and seemed to confirm the image the Obama campaign has sought to paint of an aspiring plutocrat who doesn't care about ordinary Americans.

In a hastily called press conference after the video came out Romney admitted the remarks were "not elegantly stated" but insisted he was merely discussing campaign strategy and not dismissing half the country.

Nationwide and battleground state polls shifted in Obama's favour in the days after the video came out, leading many pundits to speculate that it had torpedoed Romney's years-long quest for the White House.

But on Wednesday an energised Romney delivered a surprisingly strong performance in the first of three presidential debates opposite a listless Obama, injecting new momentum into his campaign ahead of the November 6 vote.

To the surprise of many of his supporters, Obama did not mention the "47%" remarks during the debate.

  • jean.rossouwsa - 2012-10-05 13:08

    Bou n Brug en kom daar oor!!!!

      husaberg.twostroke - 2012-10-05 17:50

      I actually have to agree with Romneys 47% remark. You see we live in America and I can tell you theirs alot of fat lazy foodstamp people in this country.

  • classwar.trotsky - 2012-10-05 13:13

    Yeah, wrong now they have been leaked, exposing him as the cut-throat capitalist swine that he is. They weren't wrong when you were spouting your elitist money-maqchinations to other capitalist vultures at your $50 000 per head fundraiser. You have exposed yourself, now live with that, dont try and whitewash yourself to try and woo back the 47% who you believe are untermensch and less than human. You and the USA deserve each other.

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-10-05 15:43

      Gaan jy so tekere oor die ANC ook?

      mark.a.fysh - 2012-10-07 01:13

      CT, do you give, or do you take from the fiscus?

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-10-05 14:25

    Obama is the most honest decent president america has ever had. Sadly he inherited a mess which it took Bush 8 years to make with the expectation that he could fix it in 4. It will be a sad day if Romney gets in cause he is just an elitist who doesn't really care for anyone but himself and his elitist buddies. Romney doesn't have a magic wand and will be faced with the same tough problems that Obama has, I'm not sure he has better answers.

      makarapakaplan - 2012-10-05 14:48

      Obama plunged the US into trillions of debt, just kept handing out money to "stimulate" the economy, don't try push that on Bush.

  • mo.haarhoff - 2012-10-05 19:21

    Remains to be seen just how bad Obama is without a script.

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