In an effort to capitalize on momentum gained in last week’s Presidential debate, Mitt Romney made an appearance on Fox News Thursday night and characterized his recent comments from a secretly taped video denigrating 47 percent of America as “completely wrong”.
A quote from the video that caused the earlier firestorm: “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. There are 47 percent 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.”
Opponents pointed to the comments as evidence which paints Romney as an out of touch millionaire with an inability to sympathize with the plight of the poor, the retired, and the young.
“Just completely wrong of me to say. As you know, I’m a businessman, and we work with numbers and I understand that many of you don’t understand all of the ins and outs of these sorts of things, and that’s how we create all of the jobs for everyone. So before I ever say anything which concerns anything verifiable, I make absolutely sure that what I’m saying is correct. I’d never say anything on camera and use figures that were anything but accurate, ” said a contrite Romney.
After repudiating his own comments, he went on to state that with the new job numbers published recently, the percentage of America consisting of societal parasites should have been more accurately be described as closer to 46.4%.