It takes a brave person to admit when they are wrong… Especially when he’s a Presidential candidate.
Well, Mitt Romney did just that. He went on Fox News and admitted that he was “completely wrong” about the 47% he referred to in a tape that was publicized by Mother Jones.
“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 on Fox News. “In this case, I said something that’s just completely wrong.”
CNN also explains how not only the sentiment behind Romney’s 47% statement was wrong, but also the facts:
The non-partisan Tax Policy Center estimates that for tax year 2011, 46% of households will end up owing nothing in federal income taxes. But if payroll taxes are counted, the number of non-payer households drops precipitously – to an estimated 18% in 2011.
The misstatement sparked outraged among a large portion of the country, even among some who planned on voting for Romney. A blog called We Represent the 47 Percent was started to include the many stories of people who were among that demographic that Romney commented about.
What do you think of Romney’s mea culpa? Does it make you feel better about the candidate as an honest man? Do you think some of the independents he lost when he made that statement will come back around?
Do you think that the public’s outcry helped influence him to admit he was wrong?
Read GMP’s special section with We Represent the 47 Percent
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