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

(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.

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