Romney: 47% Remark 'Completely Wrong'

He walks back remarks in Fox News interview

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 5, 2012 12:58 AM CDT | Updated Oct 5, 2012 6:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – President Obama didn't bring up Mitt Romney's "47%" remarks during their debate Wednesday night, so the response Romney had waiting went to Fox's Sean Hannity instead. "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 when asked what he would have said to Obama. "In this case, I said something that's just completely wrong." Romney stressed that he cares about "the 100%," Politico reports.

"I absolutely believe, however, that my life has shown that I care about 100% and that’s been demonstrated throughout my life," Romney told Hannity. “And this whole campaign is about the 100%. When I become president it will be about helping the 100%." Romney was secretly recorded at a fundraiser in May saying 47% of Americans are dependent on government and see themselves as victims, and pundits from both left and right were surprised when Obama didn't raise the subject during the debate.

Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign event in Virginia.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
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