Romney: I'm All About 'the 100%'

Candidate repeats new favorite line over and over
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 20, 2012 7:47 AM CDT

(Newser) – Mitt Romney wants to make absolutely sure you know that he's not for the 1%, and he's not against the 47%: The candidate is for all 100% of the US. He repeated the figure four times last night during a speech in Florida, starting with this declaration: "My campaign is about the 100% of America." Politico notes that this is the most he's backed off from his controversial 47% comments since the video came to light, though he didn't specifically mention the controversy.

Romney was speaking at a forum for Spanish-language TV network Univision, and he also pivoted on issues close to Latinos, insisting that he wouldn't actually "round up" illegal immigrants for a mass deportation and saying that he's open to legislation that would give legal status to illegal immigrants' children. Later, at a Miami rally, he alluded to his father's use of government assistance, noting, "That’s the way America works: We have big hearts, we care for people who have needs, we help lift them up but then we don’t make it a permanent lifestyle." (Daily Intel notes that the Romney camp is also denouncing the "selectively edited" 47% video, which is odd since Mother Jones posted it in full—click for more on that.)

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