Mitt Romney on 47 Percent Comment: Taken Out of Context!

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His infamous "47 percent" remark was taken out of context, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney tells The Washington Post in a new interview.

The oft-cited quote was widely interpreted as the 2012 GOP nominee stating that 47 percent of Americans can't be persuaded to take personal responsibility.

Romney says that's not what he was implying at all.

"Actually, I didn't say that," he says. "That's how it began to be perceived, so I had to ultimately respond to the perception, because perception is reality."

The Mitt Romney 47 percent comment was made at a May 2012 closed-to-the-press fundraiser in Florida, where he made his pitch to donors:

"And so my job is not to worry about those people ... I'll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."

"What I have to do is convince the 5-10 percent in the center that are independents, that are thoughtful, that look at voting one way or the other."

Romney told the Post that the focus of his remarks was on swing voters, not on those who were already in President Barack Obama's camp.

"[I]t was saying, 'Look, the Democrats have 47 percent, we've got 45 percent, my job is to get the people in the middle, and I've got to get the people in the middle.'"

"They’ve got a bloc of voters, we've got a bloc of voters, I've got to get the ones in the middle. And I thought that that would be how it would be perceived."

Romney's argument that the remarks were taken out of context is a new defense for him ... and doesn't quite explain the "care for their lives" bit.

In the run-up to the election, Romney at first stood by the remarks, but said they were "not elegantly stated." Later on he said they were "completely wrong."

Romney nonetheless acknowledged that the quote was "very damaging" to his campaign, and based on the 2012 election results, it's hard to argue.

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He shouldn't apologize for speaking the TRUTH!!!

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@ traci

This country and it's bankrupt cities are headed towards disaster. Meanwhile if obamas not feeling the pain of Trayvon and walking down memory freaking lane with the bullshit stories about how he was profiled he ear screws us with his constant campaign speeches. Ohhh how we long for the days of Sandra Fluck up on the podium banning all the women together for free contraception! Then how he came through and waved his gay rights banner and helped make a earth shaking revelation with the folks protesting chick-Fil-A? Ohhhh Nancy Pelosi where are you now that we have signed and opened the Obamacare package! Obama has helped create more jobs by way of taking 40 hour a week jobs and now making them part time! That evil Romney and how dare his wife claim to have MS! Whoever voted for Obama should have the Dawgshit slapped out of them!

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We would not be going through this shit had Romney won. I'm certain we would be on the road to recovery. Obama hasn't been in his 2nd term a year and look at the disaster. So much has happened it seems like Bush was in office 50 years ago. Romney's statement was taken out of context, it was a sound bite. Of course he was speaking of strategic vote counting. It's like saying- we are playing in the super bowl so we can count on half the fans booing us.

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