Romney on "47 percent": I was completely wrong

Mitt backs away from his incendiary remarks

Published October 5, 2012 12:57PM (EDT)

Mitt Romney distanced himself from his remarks that there are  "47 percent" of Americans "who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims."

“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 come out right. In this case I said something that's just completely wrong,” Romney said on Fox News. “And I absolutely believe, however, that my life has shown that I care about 100 percent. And that has been demonstrated throughout my life.  And this whole campaign is about the 100 percent. When I become president it will be about helping the 100 percent.”

According to the New York Times, Romney had hoped to backtrack on the (very damaging) "47 percent" video during the debate, but President Obama didn't mention it.

So maybe that was a good move after all.

Via the National Journal.

By Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

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