Mitt Romney Admits He Was Wrong About 47 Percent

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  1. His mea culpa is a crock. He misspoke? At length? Using statistics? And because he got caught he’s seen the error of his ways?

    That error being, next time, remember to bar the doors, confiscate the cameras, and be careful with whom you share your contempt of half the people you hope to govern.

    It might take a brave man to admit a mistake, but it takes a desperate politician. Polling pretty clearly shows that running to the right has all but sunk his chances in this election. Now he’s trying to tack to the center. And all that nutty stuff he’s been saying during the campaign… that wasn’t him, that was the other Mitt.

    I feel great about his “honesty” and honestly wonder, which Mitt he intends to govern as, should he win.

  2. Kirsten (in MT) says:

    He’s a politician. He’s not an honest person. This mea culpa is neither brave nor sincere. It’s damage control.

    • He said what his audience wanted to hear, like a good politician. Whether he believes it is almost irrelevant to the troubling fact that THEY believe it.

  3. Do you think that the public’s outcry helped influence him to admit he was wrong?

    No, The first debate revived Romney’s campaign.
    Romney managed to connect with people according to the polls I saw. The public have now warmed to him, so they are more likely to forgive his 47% comment

  4. It takes a brave person to admit they were wrong immediately, not weeks after the statement broke news and after they have a little wind in their sails from winning a debate.

  5. It’s too bad that politicians have earned so much of our cyniscism. I think Romney made an honest admission of making a wrong and misguided statement. I think, also, that Obama and the media have intentionally misinterpreted, or misapplied, his comments. What is true about his statement is that there is a portion of the voting public that pays little, or no, taxes. And those people are not going to be moved by his intention to reduce taxes. It’s irrelevant to them. So his campaign will not reach them. That is just true. But it was spun to mean “I don’t care about that portion of the voting public.” That is not true – or cannot truly be inferred from those comments.

  6. I think Jacobtk nailed it. This was the perfect time to defuse the whole issue with an apology, while all the Sunday morning talk shows are going over the debate. I also think he will be more guarded about comments like that even at private fund raisers. It was a political damage control move that cost him nothing.

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