Your morning jolt: Mitt Romney disavows ‘47 percent’ remarks as ‘completely wrong’

One day after a well-praised performance in a debate with President Barack Obama, Republican nominee Mitt Romney disavowed as “completely wrong” his contention that the 47 percent of Americans who receive federal benefits are overly dependent on government:

From the Associated Press:

The original remarks, secretly recorded during a fundraiser in May and posted online in September by the magazine Mother Jones, sparked intense criticism of Romney and provided fodder to those who portray him as an out-of-touch millionaire oblivious to the lives of average Americans. The remarks became a staple of Obama campaign criticism.

Initially, Romney defended his view, telling reporters at a news conference shortly after the video was posted that his remarks were “not elegantly stated” and that they were spoken “off the cuff.” He didn’t disavow them, however, and later adopted as a response when the remarks were raised that his campaign supports “the 100 percent in America.”

In an interview Thursday night with Fox News, Romney was asked what he would have said had the “47 percent” comments come up during his debate in Denver on Wednesday night with President Barack Obama.

“Well, 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. “In this case, I said something that’s just completely wrong.”

He added: “And I absolutely believe, however, that my life has shown that I care about 100 percent and that’s been demonstrated throughout my life. And this whole campaign is about the 100 percent.”

Under the assumption that anything uttered by either presidential candidate at this stage is premeditated, and given Romney’s empahsis on bipartisanship during the debate, you have to assume this is a concerted effort to move the Republican candidate back to the center for the final 30 days of the campaign.

Asked for his reaction to Romney’s walk-back, U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Marietta, offered Soledad O’Brien a sports metaphor. From Politico.com:

“The Republican, the conservative candidate in the primary is always gonna lean right and come back to the center for the general,” the Georgia Republican said on CNN’s “Starting Point.” “The opposite for the Democrat, that’s all you’re seeing here. It’s very typical.”…

“When the coach gives that pep talk, it’ll be maybe a little different what he says to the running back than what he says to the lineman, but they’re all on the same team, you have to pull everyone together,” he said. “And that’s all Mitt Romney is doing.”

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Wednesday’s debate has caused Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal to revise her assessment of September’s “incompetent” Mitt Romney:

America got its first, sustained look at the good and competent Mr. Romney. And it really was a first. He wasted his convention but showed up for his debate, and an estimated 58 million people were watching. Many of them were taking his measure for the first time. What did they see? He was confident, gracious, in command of the facts. He looked like a president, acted like one. He was easily the incumbent’s equal and maybe more than that, so he became for the first time a real alternative to the incumbent, a living one, not just a name on a ballot.

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On Thursday, Attorney General Sam Olens held a conference call with reporters to explain the instructions he gave this week to State School Superintendent John Barge, on the need for local school systems to stay out of the charter school campaign.

My AJC colleague Wayne Washington has the details here.

Opposition to the proposed constitutional amendment, which will be on the Nov. 6 ballot, may be strongest in rural Georgia, where cuts to education have had a larger impact.

Olens declared that taxpayer money may not be used to campaign against – or for – the amendment. One example immediately pointed out by charter school proponents was a letter that Sharon Sewell, mayor of Bremen, sent to city residents.

Bremen has its own city school system with 6,000 students. From Sewell’s letter:

This amendment has nothing to do with charter schools as I have thought them to be. Local boards of education along with the communities in which they serve can already authorize charter schools.

This amendment offers the opportunity for the state to bypass locally elected boards to create a state commission that that strips local voters, parents and local officials of any authority, placing it instead in the hands of state politicians. It also diverts our tax money from funding our local public schools to for-profit state charter school management companies who may be more concerned about shareholder profits than student performance.

….As my friends, I want to say to you that I am horrified by the greed for power that is being demonstrated in our state and federal governments. We have got to stand up, stand together, be informed and seek the truth. Sadly, truth is hard to find. The trunk of this nation is being attacked by parasites wanting to thrive at the expense of the roots holding the health of the American tree. We still have the chance to make a choice to make a change. If not us, then who? If not now, then when? If not America, then what?

May God have mercy on us, grant us grace and inspire us to stand and not blink. I am deeply grateful for you and I love living here with you.

Sewell said this morning, in a telephone interview, that she regularly sends messages to residents via their water bills, and said that no extra public expense was involved.

“Every month, I write to our people about something that’s on my mind. My people simply need to know what they’re voting for or against,” she said. “I think that an informed populace is very important.

“The frightening part of this is that the people who created this charter school amendment would just soon everybody not know. That is the most frightening part of all,” the mayor said.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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306 comments Add your comment

DownInAlbany

October 5th, 2012
3:58 pm

DJ Sniper: And you people act like Romney is the first presidential candidate to not keep promises. Simply asking for a little balance in the debate, that’s all.

But, if we are all honest with one another, as the old saying goes…”if you’re not a crook when you get to DC, you will be when you leave.” I’m afraid it’s never been truer than it is today. DC is an absolute cesspool of corruption…both sides of “the aisle.”

gm

October 5th, 2012
4:03 pm

Wow, I guesss all the Borrowing started with Obama? along with two wars that were not paid for, Obama did that also, America just woke up one money after Clinton and there was Obama in office.

The right haters of the President shows why fox is no. 1 among low IQ viewers

cc

October 5th, 2012
4:04 pm

“Please tell me how you can believe any thing this guy say about China? after all the jobs he has sent overseas including China.”

Please enlighten us as to how many jobs Romney is PERSONALLY responsible for outsourcing to other countries. While you’re at it, also tell us how many jobs Obama is responsible for outsourcing to other countries since he has been the Exalted Ruler. Hint: be careful with the last one; I’ve already researched it and have the answers! You might be very surprised.

ExRepublican

October 5th, 2012
4:06 pm

Obama 4 more years. Good job Obama I knew shouldnt trust the republican party.
Romney is a liar and Ryan want to harvest american job overseas.

ExRepublican

October 5th, 2012
4:07 pm

Romney is under investigation by the IRS that short change his IRA.

DownInAlbany

October 5th, 2012
4:07 pm

gm @ 4:03: No, but, O said Bush was “unpatriotic” for adding $4 trillion. What does that make O?

Apparently O outsourced the security in Benghazi. How’d that work out?

DJ Sniper

October 5th, 2012
4:07 pm

Ah, I knew it wouldn’t take long for an ACORN reference. Face it, the GOP wants to make sure that if you don’t vote for them, you can’t vote at all. Thankfully, some of these voter ID laws have been nullified or struck down completely.

Dusty

October 5th, 2012
4:07 pm

I guess we don’t have to guess about Mr. Galloway’s political leanings. After Romney had astounding success in the debate with Obama, Galloway is writing about some Romney lines secretly recorded at a fundraiser last May and published in a sideline newspaper. It seems that Romney has said he was mistaken about that sentence.

One sentence in May? Galloway seems to think it is monumental! While Obama fiddles and the country “burns”, we should be concerned about a one liner of last May as corrected by Romney?

What fools ye journalists be, when “the fever” zaps them from head to knee. Whoopeeee!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/04/irs-romney-tax-ira_n_1940453.html?utm_hp_ref=elections-2012

October 5th, 2012
4:09 pm

Romney cheated IRS

gm

October 5th, 2012
4:09 pm

America just woke up one morning after Clinton and there was Obama with a surplus, these right wing jobs really have serious memory selection”””

Romney Cheated IRS

October 5th, 2012
4:10 pm

DownInAlbany

October 5th, 2012
4:12 pm

gm: If Bush was “unpatriotic” for adding $4 trillion to the debt, what does that make O?

gm

October 5th, 2012
4:14 pm

DownInAlbany

W spent his trillions in Iraq, I guess it was a bad thing for O to spend his money on Americans who lost everthing because of W.

13 Embassy were attacked under W, oh by the way did we not lose 3500 Americans in Ny under W, how many attacks have we had under O in America?

Mary Elizabeth

October 5th, 2012
4:19 pm

Retired Soldier, 2:19 pm

“ME – Nice fluffy words, but what is Obama’s vision?”
——————————————————-

Obama’s vision is one in which every citizen plays by the same rules and has an equal shot at success and happiness. I believe Obama fully understands the foundation principle on which our nation was founded, and that tenet is that “all are created equal.” That means that the wealthy, powerful elite are not to be perceived as being more “equal” or more valuable to society than the average citizen. Obama believes that all citizens in our nation will more than likely thrive economically (and spiritually) when the middle class thrives and when there are opportunities for upward mobility for all of America’s citizens.

Obama’s vision is one that believes more is achieved through collaboration than through intimidation. Obama wishes to see the U.S. as a leader in on the world’s stage through its being a leading “partner” with all nations, and not as a ruling dominator that “wins” its will through its power, alone.

Below are Obama’s words that define his vision, in that regard, lifted from his speech June 4, 2009, at Cairo University in Cairo, Egypt:
============================================

“America does not presume to know what is best for everyone, just as we would not presume to pick the outcome of a peaceful election. But I do have an unyielding belief that all people yearn for certain things: the ability to speak your mind and have a say in how you are governed; confidence in the rule of law and the equal administration of justice; government that is transparent and doesn’t steal from the people; the freedom to live as you choose. Those are not just American ideas, they are human rights, and that is why we will support them everywhere.

“For we have learned from recent experience that when a financial system weakens in one country, prosperity is hurt everywhere. When a new flu infects one human being, all are at risk. When one nation pursues a nuclear weapon, the risk of nuclear attack rises for all nations. When violent extremists operate in one stretch of mountains, people are endangered across an ocean. And when innocents in Bosnia and Darfur are slaughtered, that is a stain on our collective conscience. That is what it means to share this world in the 21st century. That is the responsibility we have to one another as human beings.

“This is a difficult responsibility to embrace. For human history has often been a record of nations and tribes subjugating one another to serve their own interests. Yet in this new age, such attitudes are self-defeating. Given our interdependence, any world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another will inevitably fail. So whatever we think of the past, we must not be prisoners of it. Our problems must be dealt with through partnership; progress must be shared.”
===============================================

I will add to Obama’s thoughts the prescient words of writer Thomas Wolfe:

“Toward which the conscience of the world is tending —
A wind is rising, and the rivers flow.”

Retired Soldier

October 5th, 2012
4:27 pm

ME-

“Obama believes that all citizens in our nation will more than likely thrive economically (and spiritually) when the middle class thrives and when there are opportunities for upward mobility for all of America’s citizens. ” No disagrees with that, that is part of the American dream.

“Obama’s vision is one that believes more is achieved through collaboration than through intimidation” You are kidding here, right? Look at how he handled Obamacare, enough said.

His speech really worked well didn’t it? More hate in the Middle East than ever towards America.

Retired Soldier

October 5th, 2012
4:28 pm

Not in Georgia DJ

Linda

October 5th, 2012
4:30 pm

There are now 3 stories that will live in infamy.
One was the story about the emperor who had no clothes.
Then there was the story of Toto who pulled back the curtain & exposed the Wizard of Oz as a fraud.
Then, there was headline stories of the empty chair, which we know now seats an empty suit, on the world stage, without his teleprompter, but with his straw man who turns out has a BIG brain.
How appropriate for a Halloween decoration.

cc

October 5th, 2012
4:30 pm

gm:

You must have missed this since you didn’t respond . . .

“Please tell me how you can believe any thing this guy say about China? after all the jobs he has sent overseas including China.”
Please enlighten us as to how many jobs Romney is PERSONALLY responsible for outsourcing to other countries. While you’re at it, also tell us how many jobs Obama is responsible for outsourcing to other countries since he has been the Exalted Ruler. Hint: be careful with the last one; I’ve already researched it and have the answers! You might be very surprised.

Ugly Politics AdMitt It

October 5th, 2012
4:30 pm

IRS Looking Into Tax Schemes That Reportedly Boosted Romney’s IRA.

WHAT’S IN YOUR IRA?

Once a cheater always a cheater.

Ugly Politics AdMitt It

October 5th, 2012
4:33 pm

SAVE BIG BIRD

SAVE BIG BIRD

SAVE BIG BIRD

What kind of man is Mitt Romney that he would get rid of

Big Bird?

Mary Elizabeth

October 5th, 2012
4:38 pm

Retired Soldier,

You are fooling yourself if you think Obama’s speech is related to those uprisings. Those uprising are related to decades of their perceptions having already been formed about America’s dominance and of America’s occupation of some Middle Eastern nations such as in Iraq, perceptions by some Westerners of the inferior status of Middle Eastern populations, frustration with their own political/government environments, and lack of opportunities present for them in their own nations.

Please also be aware of how many Libyans have marched in support of America.

Ugly Politics AdMitt It

October 5th, 2012
4:40 pm

Mitt Romney disavows ‘47 percent’ remarks as ‘completely wrong’??????

WHAT?

We HEARD what he said.

We HAVE NOT forgotten what he said.

Ugly Politics AdMitt It

October 5th, 2012
4:45 pm

“You can fool all the people some of the time,

and some of the people all the time,

but you can not fool ALL THE PEOPLE ALL OF

THE TIME.”

ARE YOU ONE OF the people some of the time?

ARE YOU ONE OF some of the people all the time?

ARE YOU ONE OF ALL THE PEOPLE ALL OF THE TIME?

cc

October 5th, 2012
5:06 pm

““You can fool all the people some of the time,
and some of the people all the time,
but you can not fool ALL THE PEOPLE ALL OF
THE TIME.”

Those words are true. Obama fooled most of the people in 2008; it remains to be seen if they are still FOOLS!

Mary Elizabeth

October 5th, 2012
5:21 pm

I would submit that, unless you are part of the 1%, and you vote for Gov. Romney in November, that you have been fooled.

Linda

October 5th, 2012
5:30 pm

Another difference between liberals & conservatives is their cynicism.
Liberals are cynical of news from any source they consider “conservative” but accept as fact any news from any source they consider “liberal.”
Conservatives are cynical of news from all sources, whether they are considered “conservative” or “liberal.” Conservatives are especially cynical of a jobs report that comes out from a fed. govt. department headed by an Obama-appointed Labor Secretary a month before the election that reports that the unemployment rate decreased without jobs being created.
Liberals refuse to watch FOX News, Fair & Balanced. Their favorite source of “news” is MSNBC, followed closely by the alphabet corrupt media. Liberals are deprived of even knowing what the issues are, let alone hearing both sides of the issues.
Proof is the comments above & elsewhere. Conservatives cite sites. Liberals just spew.
Therefore, conservatives are never fooled. Liberals ARE fools.

cc

October 5th, 2012
5:53 pm

Mary Elizabeth:

“I would submit that, unless you are part of the 1%, and you vote for Gov. Romney in November, that you have been fooled.”

I’m curious . . .

Do leftists have their ‘talking points’ handed them in written form, or do y’all just pick them up from Maher, PMS/NBC, MoveOn or some other liberal source? No matter what one watches/hears/reads from liberals, the very same rhetoric is always used. It’s too blatant to be coincidence!

Linda

October 5th, 2012
5:54 pm

It depends on which 1% you are in.
If you’re in the bottom 1% & help re-elect Obama, you are sure to stay in the bottom 1%, but if you help elect Romney, you can aspire & succeed to be in the top 1%.
If you’re in the top 1% & help elect Romney, you can stay in the top 1%, but if you help re-elect Obama, you could easily end up in the bottom 1%, but don’t despair. You will still get a free Obamaphone.

Kris

October 5th, 2012
6:16 pm

Ugly “We HEARD what he said.”

Reminds me of a sports game , 3 middle aged men sitting a booth trying to explain to me what I just saw.

May the Big bird of PBS take a crap on mitty/pauly?

(Good thing Birds are born with Diarrhea) big Bird might be different.

Save Big Bird.

Mary Elizabeth

October 5th, 2012
6:21 pm

cc, 5:53 pm

To answer your question of me, I think for myself and I always have. That is why as a white teenager in south Georgia during the late 1950s, I supported the desegregation of schools when few of my classmates agreed with my thoughts. My thinking was based simply on what I perceived to be a matter of moral justice.

I still see with the same eyes today. If commentators who are part of the media outlets which you mention also happen to share my vision, then that is simply because our nation is divided in its perceptions of what is best for our nation’s future and some will concur with my thoughts. I come to my conclusions basically based upon my own deepest inner resources and experiences.

Check out my blog for confirmation of that. Below is one of my recent posts related to the general topic of this thread:

http://maryelizabethsings.wordpress.com/2012/08/16/a-monumental-choice-for-americas-future-character-and-destiny/

Ugly Politics AdMitt It

October 5th, 2012
6:24 pm

@cc

October 5th, 2012
5:06 pm
““You can fool all the people some of the time,
and some of the people all the time,
but you can not fool ALL THE PEOPLE ALL OF
THE TIME.”

Those words are true. Obama fooled most of the people in 2008; it remains to be seen if they are still FOOLS!

**************************************************************

AND Myth Robme is FOOLING MOST OF YOU IN 2012. :)

Ugly Politics AdMitt It

October 5th, 2012
6:32 pm

@Linda

October 5th, 2012
5:30 pm
Another difference between liberals & conservatives is their cynicism.
Liberals are cynical of news from any source they consider “conservative” but accept as fact any news from any source they consider “liberal.”
Conservatives are cynical of news from all sources, whether they are considered “conservative” or “liberal.” Conservatives are especially cynical of a jobs report that comes out from a fed. govt. department headed by an Obama-appointed Labor Secretary a month before the election that reports that the unemployment rate decreased without jobs being created.
Liberals refuse to watch FOX News, Fair & Balanced. Their favorite source of “news” is MSNBC, followed closely by the alphabet corrupt media. Liberals are deprived of even knowing what the issues are, let alone hearing both sides of the issues.
Proof is the comments above & elsewhere. Conservatives cite sites. Liberals just spew.
Therefore, conservatives are never fooled. Liberals ARE fools.

*******************************************************************************

YOU are talking alot and saying NOTHING.

Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can’t

and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.

Ugly Politics AdMitt It

October 5th, 2012
6:35 pm

MYTH ROBME is still the 47% GUY.

He CAN’T TAKE IT BACK.

You can’t put the toothpaste back into the tube. :)

Ugly Politics AdMitt It

October 5th, 2012
6:41 pm

Myth Robme kcabsladep (backpedals) on his 47% comments.

He can’t MOON WALK HIS COMMENTS BACK. :)

liberalefty

October 5th, 2012
6:48 pm

I see the “patriotic” republicans are mad about the jobs report

td

October 5th, 2012
6:49 pm

gm

October 5th, 2012
3:26 pm

Retired Soldier

“Romney said in the debate, if it is not worth borrowing miney from China, it needs to go.

Please tell me how you can believe any thing this guy say about China? after all the jobs he has sent overseas including China. ”

Show me the jobs Romney actually sent to China? How many? What companies did they come from? Prove it or STFU

I

Linda

October 5th, 2012
6:49 pm

Dear Ugly @ 6:32, Are you noticing that I didn’t repeat what you said 10 minutes ago, verbatim? That’s a compliment! I trust that you have a relatively good memory.
I just took your IQ with my handy dandy IQ tester designed exclusively for internet blog comments & it ain’t good news.
I also just used my TiVo to scroll over to Wed., Nov. 7, 2012 & I hate to tell you this, but Romney won by 9 1/2 points. While I had the wand in my hand, I scrolled over to Jan., 2013 & saw that the White House had been looted & was declared a crime scene.
I have lots to say & will keep on saying it, regardless of your attempts of intimidation. If you don’t like my comments, please don’t read them or respond to them.
Have a great evening!

Linda

October 5th, 2012
7:03 pm

No one is mad about the jobs report. It’s just that it is skewed.

“…If the job participation rate were the same as when Barack Obama took office, the rate would be 10.7 percent. The broader U-6 rate (unemployed plus total employed part time for economic reasons) held steady at 14.7 percent. Obama can spin the numbers anyway he likes, but this is not an economic “recovery” in a meaningful sense. We are adding fewer jobs on average per month than we did last year (143,00 vs. 153,000)…”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/post/this-is-no-jobs-recovery/2012/10/05/75174676-0eec-11e2-bb5e-492c0d30bff6_blog.html

gm

October 5th, 2012
7:14 pm

Amazing when job reports under Bush, Clinton all Americans were happy, all of suddenly when Obama gets good news for America there is doubt, I wish we can replace bigots like Linda and the right wing party will real Americans who support other Americans during bad times.

People like Linda and the extreme right need to be in some of these countries where lack of love for the country and President result in serious situations, these people are worst then any terroist could ever be, they are our inside terrorist.

gm

October 5th, 2012
7:26 pm

When the unemployment was comming down under our past two President all Americans join togather and hope things get even better, but when our first Africian American President gets good news all the bigots on the right come out against the country.

I wonder will Mitt send his sons to war along with poor, middle class conservatives sons to die for the wars he wants to have?

liberalefty

October 5th, 2012
7:33 pm

why are racist repubs angry that unemployment is coming down? because theyre racists, duh…

td

October 5th, 2012
7:35 pm

gm

October 5th, 2012
7:26 pm

More BS being spewed by you. When Clinton was running against GHWB the news led every night about how bad the jobs number were and how bad the economy is. The LSM has not even asked Obama any hard questions his entire 4 year term.

liberalefty

October 5th, 2012
7:36 pm

linda

ha ha ha ha hah ha…arent u glad the unemployment is coming down after all you are an AMERICAN patriot arent you?..but u seem angry that more AMERICANS are finding jobs, why is that

td

October 5th, 2012
7:37 pm

liberalefty

October 5th, 2012
7:33 pm

why are racist repubs angry that unemployment is coming down? because theyre racists, duh…

Did you see where I mailed in my absentee ballot for Florida yesterday? I am voting in Georgia next week. 4 more votes for Romney. I can do it because I own property in both states.

td

October 5th, 2012
7:38 pm

liberalefty

October 5th, 2012
7:36 pm

Are there more Americans working today then were working the day Obama took office?

If you do not know the answer then you are in that parasite class.

td

October 5th, 2012
7:44 pm

Romney + 3 in Florida
Romney + 2 in Va
Romney + 3 in Ohio with certain voters and only -1 with RV.

gm

October 5th, 2012
7:50 pm

td

You proved why fox news has low misinformed viewers, maybe if you change the channel from 3 times college drop out Hannity and friends you would see Obama has been interviewed by everyone from Bill O”Reilly to Wolf on CNN.

When will the liar Mitt come on MSNBC? he runs and give interviews to soft Sean Hannity, the good News is the people in Ohio unemployment droped along with PA and you right jobs wish bad news for Americans, please take your flag and put it in the closet.

cc

October 5th, 2012
7:52 pm

liberalefty:

“why are racist repubs angry that unemployment is coming down? because theyre racists, duh…”

If you believe that figure, you’re an idiot. What am I saying; you’re an idiot anyway. The hiring done by the federal government accounts for some of the decrease, but those people have to be paid with TAX revenues. The numbers are put out by the imperial federal government which is under the direction of the Exalted Ruler.

Go back to Bookman’s blog; you fit in much better with those other leftist idiots. Birds of a feather, so to speak.

cc

October 5th, 2012
7:54 pm

gm@7:50 pm:

Why don’t you answer the question I have posed to you . . . TWICE? If you can’t answer it, why don’t you just go away?

gm

October 5th, 2012
7:58 pm

Whats amazing now the right wing nut job are down playing part time jobs, go ask the people that are out of work because of W and crew, are they happy with that job.
Never mind during Clinton or Bush years you never heard people down play pt workers, oh I forgot those Presidents were white.

These people wonder why people around the world view whites in America has one the racist people around the world, southern white conservatives your title will never be taken away from you””””’