Mitt Romney has said that the statements he made while unknowingly being videotaped at a fundraiser earlier this year were "off the cuff" and "inelegantly stated", but he still stood by them despite the immediate backlash that ensued after the video was posted by Mother Jones and went viral.
"There are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what," Romney said in the video. "There are 47% who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it."
However, in a recent interview on Fox News, Romney was asked how he would have responded had the 47% remarks been brought up during the presidential debate last week, and this was what he said:
"Well, 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. In this case, I said something that's just completely wrong. And I absolutely believe, however, that my life has shown that I care about 100% and that's been demonstrated throughout my life. And this whole campaign is about the 100%."
Huffington Post is asking, "Will The Real Mitt Please Stand Up?", and some are wondering if this backtracking will do serious damage to the stellar performance he put in during the debate.
Romney now claims his 47% remarks were "completely wrong." Too bad he stood by them after tape surfaced: http://t.co/xI8yrTsY
Wait..... #Romney now says the 47% comment was "completely wrong?!" What do you make of that?
Romney on Fox says he was completely wrong on the 47% Now that's a 180.Tomorrow he'll be Pro Choice,what a piece of work.
Romney keeps shaking the Etch-a-Sketch, denounced 47% comments as "completely wrong" http://t.co/ZqK7YLss