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: