Romney on 47-Percent Remark: "Completely Wrong"

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Oct. 5 2012 8:58 AM

In Reversal, Romney Now Says His 47-Percent Remarks Were "Completely Wrong"

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Mitt Romney speaks during campaign rally on October 4, 2012 in Fishersville, Va.

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Mitt Romney reversed course last night, saying that his secretly-taped remarks about the "47 percent" were "just completely wrong."

Here's what he told Fox News' Sean Hannity:

"Well, clearly in a campaign with hundreds if not thousands of question and answer sessions, now and then you're going to say something that doesn't come out right. In this case I said something that's just completely wrong. And I absolutely believe however that my life has shown that I care about the 100 percent and that has been demonstrated throughout my life. This whole campaign is about the 100 percent. When I become president it'll be about helping the 100 percent. ...
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In the immediate wake of the tape's release by Mother Jones, Romney took a noticeably different stance. While he originally conceded that his remarks were "not elegantly stated," he said that ultimately they represented a "message which I'm going to carry and continue to carry, which is look, the president's approach is attractive to people who are not paying taxes because my discussion about lowering taxes isn't as attractive to them."

Here's the tape from last night (quote in question begins at about the 5:45 mark):

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City.