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Romney on '47%': I was 'completely wrong'

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FISHERSVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has described his disparaging remarks about the 47% of Americans who don't pay federal income taxes as "not elegantly stated." Now he's calling them "just completely wrong."

The original remarks, secretly recorded during a fundraiser in May and posted online in September by the magazine Mother Jones, sparked intense criticism of Romney and provided fodder to those who portray him as an out-of-touch millionaire oblivious to the lives of average Americans. The remarks became a staple of Obama campaign criticism.

Initially, Romney defended his view, telling reporters at a news conference shortly after the video was posted that his remarks were "not elegantly stated" and that they were spoken "off the cuff." He didn't disavow them, however, and later adopted as a response when the remarks were raised that his campaign supports "the 100% in America."

In an interview Thursday night with Fox News, Romney was asked what he would have said had the "47%" comments come up during his debate in Denver on Wednesday night with President Obama.
"Well, clearly in a campaign, with hundreds if not thousands of speeches and question-and-answer sessions, now and then you're going to say something that doesn't come out right," Romney said. "In this case, I said something that's just completely wrong."

He added: "And I absolutely believe, however, that my life has shown that I care about 100% and that's been demonstrated throughout my life. And this whole campaign is about the 100%."

Critics of Romney's "47%" remarks noted that many of those who don't pay federal incomes taxes pay other forms of taxes. More than 16 million elderly Americans avoid federal income taxes solely because of tax breaks that apply only to seniors, the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center reports. Millions of others don't pay federal income taxes because they don't earn enough after deductions and exemptions.

Acknowledging error is rare for Romney. Asked recently whether his TV ads had strayed from the facts, he said they had been "absolutely spot-on." Fact-checking operations have argued otherwise.

Some conservatives rallied around Romney after the video surfaced, urging him to stand behind the remarks as accurate despite the criticism.
"There are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what," Romney said in the video. "There are 47% who are with him, 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."

"Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax," Romney said, and that his role "is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."

Romney later told reporters at a news conference called to address the remarks: "It's not elegantly stated, let me put it that way. I was speaking off the cuff in response to a question. And I'm sure I could state it more clearly in a more effective way than I did in a setting like that."



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_Kissy_
by on Oct. 7, 2012 at 11:36 AM
He's a riot. He can't even be truthful of his own beliefs.

Thou shall not bear false witness.
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one_on_the_way
by on Oct. 7, 2012 at 11:55 AM
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I'm really tired of both Mitt and his wife continuously referring to low-income, struggling individuals as "those people".  

Makes me cringe. 


Meadowchik
by Gold Member on Oct. 7, 2012 at 12:32 PM

 Why can't he hold out hope that every single American might be atleast a little bit open to changing their minds about who they will vote for?  That's a much less cynical view, and more in line with his personality.

Quoting shimamab:

I say his sentiment was real, but his percentage was wrong. Why can't he just say that instead of walking it all the way back to zero? Now he wants us to believe what? He didn't mean any of it? I don't get it. Own your mistakes, apologize, clarify, but to say "oops, I didn't mean it at all" seems shady.

Quoting jaxTheMomm:

Ok, which is it?  Was it inelegantly stated, or was it completely wrong?

When that video came out, some members here were falling all over themselves to insist it was taken out of context.

When it became obvious that it wasn't, some members declared he was right, and 47% of Americans are moochers.

Romney defended his comments.  Then he said they were inelegantly stated.  Now he's saying it was completely wrong, and you want me to believe you think he's just owning up to simple human error as opposed to backing completely away from an incredibly offensive portion of a speach he seemed to give quite assertively?

 

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jaxTheMomm
by Gold Member on Oct. 7, 2012 at 12:57 PM
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See, I don't believe that, either.

I'm not looking to demonize the guy - everybody makes flubs, grabs the wrong number out of the jumble of numbers in their head, etc.

I have a hard time accepting that this was a flub.  I could be wrong.

This was a standard pat answer in paragraph form to a question he's probably given before at similar events.  Where does "47% of Americans don't pay income tax" come into a factual answer to the question he was asked about how to get people to vote for him?  His answer was specific, who he was trying to reach that were undecided, and why some folks were decided so why bother.

Somebody had to go look that up, and if he's said it once, he's more than likely said it many times to a particular type of audience.

Quoting shimamab:

I say his sentiment was real, but his percentage was wrong. Why can't he just say that instead of walking it all the way back to zero? Now he wants us to believe what? He didn't mean any of it? I don't get it. Own your mistakes, apologize, clarify, but to say "oops, I didn't mean it at all" seems shady.

Quoting jaxTheMomm:

Ok, which is it?  Was it inelegantly stated, or was it completely wrong?

When that video came out, some members here were falling all over themselves to insist it was taken out of context.

When it became obvious that it wasn't, some members declared he was right, and 47% of Americans are moochers.

Romney defended his comments.  Then he said they were inelegantly stated.  Now he's saying it was completely wrong, and you want me to believe you think he's just owning up to simple human error as opposed to backing completely away from an incredibly offensive portion of a speach he seemed to give quite assertively?


shimamab
by on Oct. 7, 2012 at 1:50 PM
I guess he CAN hold out hope, I just don't see him as an idealist. I see him as a realist (not cynical). In reality, there are peeps who won't vote for him who he shouldn't waste time on. Again, the lens of bias is always at play in his supporters and critics. Maybe he did, after hearing himself say it and the reaction it got, reevaluate and adjust his values...anything is possible.

Quoting Meadowchik:

 Why can't he hold out hope that every single American might be atleast a little bit open to changing their minds about who they will vote for?  That's a much less cynical view, and more in line with his personality.


Quoting shimamab:

I say his sentiment was real, but his percentage was wrong. Why can't he just say that instead of walking it all the way back to zero? Now he wants us to believe what? He didn't mean any of it? I don't get it. Own your mistakes, apologize, clarify, but to say "oops, I didn't mean it at all" seems shady.


Quoting jaxTheMomm:


Ok, which is it?  Was it inelegantly stated, or was it completely wrong?


When that video came out, some members here were falling all over themselves to insist it was taken out of context.


When it became obvious that it wasn't, some members declared he was right, and 47% of Americans are moochers.


Romney defended his comments.  Then he said they were inelegantly stated.  Now he's saying it was completely wrong, and you want me to believe you think he's just owning up to simple human error as opposed to backing completely away from an incredibly offensive portion of a speach he seemed to give quite assertively?


 

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Sunshinebee0502
by Member on Oct. 7, 2012 at 1:54 PM
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I would have to agree the time to take the "wrong" stance has passed.  The statement he said was terribly offensive and shows in my opinion his character.  Saying one thing to those people about  the 47% for whatever reason is not justified by any means.  The things you say behind closed doors when you think no one is listening are the things that show your integrity. I wasn't overly fond of him before the statement and with that information he couldn't give me every dime he has in every country to vote for him.  This country and everything it stands for mean too much to me.

Quoting Citygirlk:

Im happy that he realized that he was wrong, ( which i bet has a lot to do with his campain advisors) but come on mitt when will the flip flopping end?.


GardenerArtist
by Bronze Member on Oct. 7, 2012 at 2:44 PM
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He said he stood by his 47% comment.  Weeks later, after all the hoopla and negative response, now he flip flopped.  That shows a real lack of character, and exposes him as a man who will say and do anything to get a vote.  It leaves everyone wondering if he has a position at all.  Can't trust someone  like that.

Dimples303
by on Oct. 7, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Both Obama and Romney have said stupid things, they are both human...

People that are comfortable with being dependent on the government (And I'm not referring to people that actually NEED assistance) aren't going to give up their free food, money and housing. More so, with the way the economy is going under Obama, a lot people that DONT want to be dependent on the government have no choice because they cant find decent jobs to support their families!

The more dependent people are on the the government, the more POWER and CONTROL the government has over everyone. Our so called "free country" is becoming less and less. 

JonJon
by on Oct. 7, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Every time I see that statement I almost laugh.   How dare the lazy bums desire good doctors, good medications,food and a safe, warm place to live, among other things?!

Cake, anyone?


broncfan
by Silver Member on Oct. 7, 2012 at 4:25 PM


Quoting JonJon:

Every time I see that statement I almost laugh.   How dare the lazy bums desire good doctors, good medications,food and a safe, warm place to live, among other things?!

Cake, anyone?



His statement was so wrong BUT when you are talking about what ever percentage it is that are moochers and do feel entitled I agree "how dare they desire good doctors, good medications,food and a safe, warm place to live, among other things?! "

I had one of these moochers tell me last night that she would not be spraying her sick baby's noise out with Simply Saline because it was not covered by the baby's "card" (Medicaid card) so she can't afford it.  She is telling me this as she tapped on her Iphone 5 with her inch long very well manicured fingernails.  These people are out there, they work the system, it needs to stop so we can help those that can not help themselves.  I want to take these babies and cut off the benefits to the parents I do not care if they starve in the streets, these children would be better off in group homes.

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