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

td

October 5th, 2012
7:58 pm

gm

October 5th, 2012
7:50 pm

Again you do not know what the heck you are talking about. I can guarantee you I watch more MSNBC everyday then you do. I know all the arguments.

Since you are so smart then you answer the question I wrote for LL: Are there more or less people working today then the day Obama took office?

honested

October 5th, 2012
8:01 pm

gm,

I’m just glad that, under the President’s economic leadership, I am to the point where I can hire both an extra full time AND part time person.
Clinton years – 12 Employees
Shrub years – trailed off to 4 employees
Obama years, back to 6 and climbing.

But they keep blaming the man for doing his job.

Ugly Politics AdMitt It

October 5th, 2012
8:01 pm

@Linda

October 5th, 2012
6:49 pm
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YOU CONS suffer from delusions of grandeur -

a delusion (common in paranoia) that you are much greater and

more powerful and influential than you really are.

Charles Darwin observed that “ignorance more frequently begets

confidence than does knowledge.”

YOUR delusion of grandeur is the fixed, false belief that you possess

superior qualities such as using your handy dandy IQ tester and your

TiVo to scroll over to Wed., Nov. 7, 2012.

It is most often a symptom insanity.

honested

October 5th, 2012
8:02 pm

td,

I know you cheat and count offshore military as ‘working’ and count natl. guard twice!

td

October 5th, 2012
8:02 pm

honested

October 5th, 2012
8:01 pm

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

Ugly Politics AdMitt It

October 5th, 2012
8:03 pm

CORRECTION

It is most often a symptom of insanity.

gm

October 5th, 2012
8:04 pm

CC

Amazing I can not find any angery Dem when unemployment was comming down under Bush, now under this great President who has pulled this country from the cliff there is a problem.

Please pull up the video of Romney praising China workers, Oh I forgot fox and idiots did not show that one.

td

October 5th, 2012
8:06 pm

When the pundits of MSNBC are confused and can not figure out the unemployment numbers then you know something is fishy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yL1TeI2×2H0

gm

October 5th, 2012
8:07 pm

honested
I have 2 friends just got hired last week after 12 months of looking for work, President Obama real Americans have your back

td

October 5th, 2012
8:08 pm

gm

October 5th, 2012
8:04 pm

Why will you not answer my question? Are there more people working today then when Obama took office?

gm

October 5th, 2012
8:19 pm

td

When Obama took office America was losing 800 jobs per months, over 2 millions jobs have been created since he has been office, ask those people in Ohio, Mich have they been employed since Obama been office////

Buckhead Boy

October 5th, 2012
8:21 pm

td: “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.”

No you cannot legally. Residency is a qualification for voting, not property ownership. You are committing voter fraud. Thanks for demonstrating why Republicans will not address absentee balloting in their feigned “voter fraud” campaign.

td

October 5th, 2012
8:26 pm

gm

October 5th, 2012
8:19 pm

Still did not answer my question and your silence speaks very loud. Why can you not admit it? Due to Obama administration manipulation unemployment looks like it is down but in reality there has not been 1 job added in his whole administration. This is the facts.

Linda

October 5th, 2012
8:26 pm

gm@7:14, I’ve always thought you were an Obama adm. plant. No one could be that stupid or spew out such vile comments without being hired by OB.
Before you bring out your pompoms, read the entire jobs report.
Everyone wants jobs to rebound except the progressives. The Obama adm. either has no clue how to create jobs OR is deliberately preventing jobs from being created.
What’s worse than a bigot, i.e. a racist, is a race baiter. You are the second worst race baiter on the AJC blogs. That’s sort of a compliment.
If you are comparing fiscal conservatives, who are trying to save the country from fiscal collapse, with terrorists, who are trying to destroy the country, you are in the least, misguided.
Conservatives have more respect for the office of the presidency than the president.

Carma Isay Beeche

October 5th, 2012
8:28 pm

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

Carma Isay Beeche

Linda

October 5th, 2012
8:30 pm

liberalefty@7:36, Ditto for what I said to gm.
There are more Americans unemployed today than last month, last year, two years ago, three years ago, four years ago.
Wake up, man.

Ray

October 5th, 2012
8:34 pm

So was Mitt a liar when he made the disdainful comments about the 47%, or was he just plain ugly and ignorant? Either way he is not worthy of representing America or Americans.

He and Ryan are focused on making dividends and capital gains income earned by the wealthy, like Romney, totally non-taxable, TAX FREE. But the average American invests through 401Ks, have their dividends earnings and capital gains at the HIGHEST rates charged by our government(ordinary income rates), when they are dispersed. WHAT A JOKE. Romney and Ryan have never represented the interest of the middle income earners. To broaden the tax base, and LOWER THE TAX rates of the top earners, Romney and Ryan plan to do away with our mortgage and interest deductions, medical deductions, charitable deductions, and who knows what else (it is still a secret). So if you are one of the 50 or so million individuals who can’t afford or do not have access to health insurance, you won’t even be able to write off your medical deductions if Romney and Ryan get their way. They want to repeal ObamaCare, and do away with medical expense deductions for tax purposes. Why don’t they just shoot those without insurance? Romney and Ryan don’t really value lives, especially not those of the 47% who would never vote for men of their kind (hypocritical, mean and hateful).

Carma Isay Beeche

October 5th, 2012
8:38 pm

@Linda

October 5th, 2012
8:30 pm
liberalefty@7:36, Ditto for what I said to gm.
There are more Americans unemployed today than last month, last year, two years ago, three years ago, four years ago.
Wake up, man.

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

Carma Isay Beeche

td

October 5th, 2012
8:40 pm

Ray

October 5th, 2012
8:34 pm

So was Mitt a liar when he made the disdainful comments about the 47%, or was he just plain ugly and ignorant? Either way he is not worthy of representing America or Americans.

Was Obama a liar or was he just plain ugly and ignorant when he told a group of African Americans in 2007 that American did not take care of NOLA residents because it is a racist nation? Either way he is not qualified to hold office. Works both ways does it not?

Carma Isay Beeche

October 5th, 2012
8:42 pm

@Ray

October 5th, 2012
8:34 pm
So was Mitt a liar when he made the disdainful comments about the 47%, or was he just plain ugly and ignorant? Either way he is not worthy of representing America or Americans.

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

What goes around comes around.

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

Karma is a beach

td

October 5th, 2012
8:44 pm

Ray

October 5th, 2012
8:34 pm

“He and Ryan are focused on making dividends and capital gains income earned by the wealthy, like Romney, totally non-taxable, TAX FREE.”

Good and I hope they succeed because the sacrifices I have made today to make sure I have a retirement should be reqarded.

The rest of everything you wrote is total BS.

Linda

October 5th, 2012
8:50 pm

Ugly@8:01, If you don’t think I’m grand, great, powerful, influential & superior, just ask my children &/or my pets.
If you question my handy dandy IQ tester & TiVo wand, just ask InDirectTV. They can be rented/purchased on the black market, which is also where I buy antibiotics for my Tom cat, who was fixed a little late & who still roams, fights & gets abscesses.

Ray

October 5th, 2012
8:54 pm

TD,

History tells us America, in general, had and still has an ugly racist bent. You want to be blind to it? It is your right.

Linda

October 5th, 2012
9:04 pm

Carma@8:38, Congress is looking into the Obama adm.’s role in Fast & Furious (dead people), his adm.’s role in the Libya embassy’s lack of security & cover-up (dead people), his adm.’s roles in the other riots on our embassies in Africa (dead people) & the Middle East, etc.
And you are worried about Romney’s tax returns?
Do you think the majority of American voters are more concerned about Romney’s tax returns than they are about theirs? About Romney’s tax returns than Natl. Security & our DEAD border agents & embassy staff?

td

October 5th, 2012
9:15 pm

Ray

October 5th, 2012
8:54 pm

TD,

History tells us America, in general, had and still has an ugly racist bent. You want to be blind to it? It is your right.

So you are saying it is alright to go in front of an African American audience and lie to them for race baiting purposes? You do know that the US Senate voted 2 weeks prior to the speech to waive the Stafford act for NOLA? What Obama did was nothing more then lie to a an audience and play on their racism fears for his own political gain.

Linda

October 5th, 2012
9:39 pm

Ray@8:34, One of the first things Obama did was plan to limit deductions for charity. Article dated 2/26/09.

http://philanthropy.com/article/Obamas-Plan-to-Reduce/63024/

Evil!

Carma Isay Beeche

October 5th, 2012
10:29 pm

@Linda

October 5th, 2012
8:50 pm
Ugly@8:01, If you don’t think I’m grand, great, powerful, influential & superior, just ask my children &/or my pets.
If you question my handy dandy IQ tester & TiVo wand, just ask InDirectTV. They can be rented/purchased on the black market, which is also where I buy antibiotics for my Tom cat, who was fixed a little late & who still roams, fights & gets abscesses.

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Step away from the O#y and the L@@tabs.

You are sounding a little weird.

double

October 5th, 2012
10:32 pm

TD we do not know the answere to your question.Please give us the answere.

Carma Isay Beeche

October 5th, 2012
10:37 pm

@Linda

October 5th, 2012
9:04 pm
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Paul Ryan Calls For Holder To Resign Over Fast And Furious Despite Report Exonerating The Attorney General | GOP vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan may be so busy campaigning that he hasn’t had time to read the news in the last few weeks.

I BET YOU $10,000 Romney is going to be FOUND GUILTY OF TAX EVASION.

Linda

October 5th, 2012
10:40 pm

Carma@10:29, I’m not familiar with O#y & L@@tabs. Do they go in some sort of exotic recipe?
So, you did talk to my children &/or my pets! I’ll bet it was my Tom cat who said I was sounding a little weird. See if I will ever break my back trying to find him another antibiotic from the black market!

Steven Janiszewski

October 5th, 2012
10:40 pm

Can you believe him, now? Romney is chimerical stealth agent of the Mormon Church, which will buy the White House at any price, and he will say anything to seal the deal. To gain an existential understanding of the cult that produced Mitt Romney, and to get your socks scared off, read The Assassination of Spiro Agnew, available in paperback and e-book at:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=The+Assassination+of+Spiro+Agnew

Its unwilling, part-Mexican Mormon assassin dramatizes the Mormon superiority complex, manifesting it as racism, sexism, jingoism and an anti-federal government temperament. His research in the new library reveals ominous similarities between Islam and Mormonism. The spiritual power behind the cult, which is not the Holy Ghost, acts out.

“With a clarity of language and vision unsurpassed in contemporary American prose, Steven Janiszewski’s Assassination of Spiro Agnew takes us into a U.S. mazed with madness and Mormonism and all things Utah, a U.S. that was then and still is. Do we need a novel, even as brilliant as this one, about a young man on a divine mission to assassinate the Vice President because he is too liberal? Yes, now more than ever. Readers, welcome to a masterpiece.”
Tom Whalen
http://www.tomwhalen.com

Read The Assassination of Spiro Agnew.

double

October 5th, 2012
10:45 pm

What the people most concerned about.Romney tax returns.no way,Obama’s birth certificate. All the hill people in n ga. talk about.

double

October 5th, 2012
10:47 pm

Correction on most talked about.Now it’s Sam Holbrook

Concerned citizen

October 5th, 2012
11:02 pm

Most Americans vote on personality, not issues or policies. Which is how Obama got elected in the first place. A junior citizen fom Illinois with on experience, who voted absent majority of the time, had a questionable past with some shady characters, but still got elected. It was his personality.

But now that most Ameericans have seen him, especially after he last debate, it is is personality, that will keep him from being reflected. Karma is a b*********.

Linda

October 5th, 2012
11:04 pm

Carma@10:37, Are you talking about With Holder at the Dept. of Injustice?
Does exoneration also include not knowing what he should have known when he should have known it when it was under his nose? I must have missed that.
Does exoneration also include the executive privilege Obama claimed that evidently hid what With Holder & Obama were trying to hide? You know, like the executive privilege that Nixon claimed that didn’t exactly work out for him?
Your bet is on. I’ll meet you the day after the the trial at your cage at the zoo at the monkey bars at exactly 3:00 PM. I only accept cash, not US cash ’cause it’s being trashed by Bernake. I’ll accept Chinese yuans or renminbi in a wheelbarrow. Clint & I will be sitting beside an empty chair seating an empty suit.

Obama is dishonest

October 5th, 2012
11:14 pm

The real Romney was at the Debate.

Obama & the mainstream media has portrayed Romney as something/someone that he is not (mostly negative)……….they all act surprised when the real Romney finally gets a chance to speak (unfiltered). These liars (Obama & the mainstream media) should be ashammed!!

The unemployment numbers released today are a sham. Use your brain people……do a little simple math. Obama & his supporters are manipulating the numbers to help his re-election. More Obama lies; he is no doubt dishonest. How can 114,000 new jobs and 368,000 new first time unemployment applications result in a decrease from 8.1% to 7.8%???????????????????

They are dropping people from the unemployment side of the ledger (claiming the people have stopped given up and looking for work)………….how is this possibly a good thing??????????????

double

October 5th, 2012
11:15 pm

Sounds like Linda & clint going to take TD with them.when they come to collect the chinese money.

Linda

October 5th, 2012
11:27 pm

Steven@10:40, I read the sites you cited. Pretty lame. We have Mormon friends & neighbors. They are the most Christian members of Christianity. Romney is the most upstanding Christian that has ever run for president. It’s 2012.
Nice try.

Linda

October 5th, 2012
11:39 pm

double@11:15, You are welcome to come! Bring your wheelbarrow if you are on our side! That is, if you are a conservative & a Methodist. I’m not keeping any of Carma’s money. I’m donating my share to charity, as ALL conservatives do, including Romney.

Kris

October 6th, 2012
12:36 am

A little late night truth.

$60,000 annual salary — which in case you’re curious, is 1/38,566,666th the federal budget…
Federal Budget Household Budget
$2,314,000,000,000 Your Salary $60,000.00
$3,630,000,000,000 Your Expenses $94,122.73
$1,316,000,000,000 Deficit $34,122.73

$445,000,000 PBS Funding $11.54

$52,700,000,000 Foreign Aid $1,366.46

Romney may think that fudging the facts on this will help him win the presidency, but he should be careful if such a strategy is successful. Next time, he’ll be on the receiving end. And it will be equally unfair.

Why did rommie attack Jim and Big Bird?

True Christian don’t attack animals.

Anothermommy

October 6th, 2012
1:13 am

ALL this CONSTANT posting of LIES about the President, is sickening, never ending and coming from VERY uniformed , uneducted , hostile race baiters who have NO POWER beyond thier keyboard!! FACT! the 47% is NOT blacks and illegals, 44% are retirees, and disabled people on FIXED incomes..if you hate filled peons would turn off Fox, Rush and all the rest of the hate peddlers YOU MIGHT actually LEARN something!! I feel sorry for you!! Mitt would not SPIT on 95% of you, he thinks 200,000 a year is MIDDLE class income!..how much do MOST of you haters make?!

Anothermommy

October 6th, 2012
1:20 am

Poor td.. NOBODY CARES about what The president said in 2007!! he was a private citizen, and HE TOLD THE TRUTH!!…Bush REMAINED, on vacation !!while New Orleans drowned!! do you REALLY think that would have happened if Omaha NE had the same disaster..ENOUGH with the OLD news..Romney changes positions MORE than a YOGA teacher, and he CARES NOTHING about you UNLESS you are RICH like him!!

Kris

October 6th, 2012
1:43 am

Anothermommy… well Said!

double

October 6th, 2012
2:45 am

Linda I aint on your side.My wheelbarrow made in America.Unlike yours made in China.Lds not Christian,Romney not Christian.The only way to the Father is through/by Jesus Christ.Don’t have any yuans or renminbi,but do like etf CYB.Romney can afford to donate to charity.You are correct about Bernanke & $.Buy gold,sell $ short.etf UDN.Of course this is all BS I can’t buy nothing.Have to do without milk so I can buy my smokes,and a little snuff.

cc

October 6th, 2012
6:39 am

Ugly Politics AdMitt It:

Why did you change your name, Bernie?

gm:

I find your references to ‘racists’ humorous; you are among the biggest racists/race baiters posting here, and everyone knows it.

Carma Isay Beeche@10:37 pm:

“I BET YOU $10,000 Romney is going to be FOUND GUILTY OF TAX EVASION.”

I don’t believe you have $10,000.00 . . .

Attack Dog

October 6th, 2012
8:04 am

I would rather drink Obama’s kool aid, than swallow a bottle of Romney/Ryan cyanide pills. At least I would have Obamacare to keep me alive.

Attack Dog

October 6th, 2012
8:08 am

Until Romney/Ryan explain what spending they will cut, yes $8 trillion would be added to the deficit. Unless, we are spending that much for Sesame Street, Planned Parenthood, and the Department of Education.

Mark

October 6th, 2012
8:13 am

td

October 5th, 2012
9:15 pm
Ray

October 5th, 2012
8:54 pm

TD,

History tells us America, in general, had and still has an ugly racist bent. You want to be blind to it? It is your right.

So you are saying it is alright to go in front of an African American audience and lie to them for race baiting purposes? You do know that the US Senate voted 2 weeks prior to the speech to waive the Stafford act for NOLA? What Obama did was nothing more then lie to a an audience and play on their racism fears for his own political gain

Yeah td and everyone knows that Romney has never pandereded to an audience right? Give me a freaking break!

TiredOfIt

October 6th, 2012
8:49 am

John
October 5th, 2012
9:11 am

7.8%— and your happy! Point made!
++
So Bush inherited 4.2% unemployment and increased it to 7.8% and your good with that? The dow was in the 6000 range and the country was losing 750,000 jobs a month in late 2008. Two unpaid for wars, etc. So you support those republican polices. Willard is not the solution he is the problem!

Edward

October 6th, 2012
9:33 am

td
October 5th, 2012
7:37 pm

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.

Voter fraud, which you describe here, is a felony. If you do vote in Georgia next week then you will be committing a felony. Does it make you feel superior knowing you’ve committed fraud? That’s so very christian of you. Typical lying, cheating, back-stabbing christian.