Friday, October 5, 2012

Romney disavows '47 percent' comments he defended #p2 #tcot

The video of Mitt Romney condemning 47 percent of the nation as lazy parasites who refuse to "take personal responsibility and care for their lives" had a significant impact on the campaign. Yesterday, hoping to undo some of the damage, Romney told Fox News' Sean Hannity he didn't really mean what he said.

or those who can't watch clips online, the Republican candidate, asked what he would have said during the debate if President Obama had brought up the controversy, said, "Well, clearly in a campaign with hundreds if not thousands of speeches and question-and-answer sessions, now and then you will going to say something that doesn't come out right. In this case, I said something that's completely wrong."

As an electoral tactic, this certainly makes sense. Candidates who condemn nearly the half the country, out loud, generally struggle to win national elections.

But it's still awfully difficult to take Romney's latest reversal seriously. For one thing, the public has to decide which Romney was sincere -- the one speaking candidly with supporters, when he thought no one else would hear his sentiments, or the one doing damage-control on national television five weeks before Election Day.

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