Mitt Admits That What He Said Was Wrong

Romney says he was ‘completely wrong’ on ’47 percent’ comment

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Thursday night he was “completely wrong” when he made comments about the 47 percent of Americans who do not pay taxes at a secretly recorded fundraiser in May.

Following the first presidential debate that most observers gave to Romney, many critics faulted President Obama for not bringing up Romney’s “47 percent” remarks or his tenure at Bain Capital, two issues the campaign has hit Romney hard on in advertising.

Appearing on “Hannity” on Fox News, Romney was asked what his defense would have been if Obama had attacked his remarks.

“Well, clearly in a campaign with hundreds if not thousands of speeches and question and answer sessions, now and then, you are going to say something that doesn’t come out right,” Romney said. “In this case, I said something that was just completely wrong.”

In a press briefing shortly after the comments became public, Romney said his choice of words were “inelegantly” stated.

Echoing his debate performance, he said the rich were doing fine under Obama. Rather, it is the middle class and the poor who would be hurt by an Obama reelection, he said.

“The gap between the rich and the poor has gotten larger. The rich will probably do fine if he is reelected,” Romney said. “It is the middle class that is in real trouble. And the poor. I want the poor to get into the middle class. So many have fallen into poverty by virtue of his policies. So this for me is all about the 100 percent.”

I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that Mitt was ready for just about anything Obama or Jim Lehrer threw at him Wednesday night. That’s what “prepared” means. There were some obvious lines of attack and Mitt and his advisors worked on the responses.

But why, you might ask, didn’t Mitt roll these answers out earlier?

Simple – he was saving them for the right time. I always tell people they shouldn’t talk to cops. Any criminal defense attorney will tell you that silence is golden. The only thing you should tell a cop is “I don’t want to say anything and I want a lawyer.”

Save your side of the story for when there are twelve people sitting in the jury box. Then the prosecutor is not prepared for it. (Surprise!)

Let’s say Obama launched a “47 percent” attack and Mitt responded with the answer he gave Sean Hannity. That would leave Obama with no where to go. Look at Mitt’s answer on his tax cut plan – it was simple and on point.

Even better – what if Mitt was ready with a “There you go again” response like Reagan used on Carter?

The latest meme is that Obama was “off his game” and will be much more well prepared for the next face-off. Maybe so, but I bet that Mitt will be ready too.

During the opening prep sessions, the group quickly came to a consensus: At the podium, Romney would be forceful, nearly as assertive as he was in Healey’s living room. His advisers have always admired Romney’s ability to peel apart arguments in private, and they encouraged him to do the same at the debate, with a little polish. The goal was to overwhelm the president with liveliness and information, to force him to confront the messy details of his economic and fiscal record. The strategy, sources say, clicked with Romney for two reasons: He did not want to spend hours tinkering with his mannerisms, and he wanted to focus on internalizing data. He’d take advice on his voice, his posture, and the rest, but he wanted his prep time to be a policy workshop…

The practice made a difference. One longtime Romney friend tells me that Romney markedly improved throughout September as he devoted himself to his briefing books and the mock debates. The friend says Romney didn’t think of the debate as a political dialogue but as a grueling, 90-minute competition that demanded discipline. He prepared in the same way he used to review pending business deals at Bain Capital: He challenged his closest advisers about the most minor points, he spent a lot of time reading, and he constantly bantered with his aides about the other side’s weaknesses and strengths.

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112 Responses to Mitt Admits That What He Said Was Wrong

  1. votermom says:

    I love how Mitt laughs at the altitude excuse.

  2. myiq2xu says:

    What new and improved persona will Obama unveil at the next debate? We’ve seen Messiah, professor and black preacher.

    Too bad “leader” isn’t one of the options.

  3. votermom says:

    The President can talk about the things he’s wants to talk about, I’m going to talk about getting America working again.

    I’m not that fluent in Mormon but I think this translates to:
    Go ahead punk, make my day.

  4. carol haka says:

    Mitt followed the rules of being a highly successful consultative sales advisor: know your product, know what the competition is offering, know the market, know your customer, understand your customer’s business, probe and actively listen when you talk directly to the decision maker, prepare to answer the objections with the solutions to ease their pain and calm their fears of making a change, ask for the sale, and most importantly “deliver”! I always followed those rules and that is why I was at Pesident’s Club. Obama is like the peers that always sold on price. I never sold on price, always on overall value. People invest in value and always more satisfied than if they made a purchased based purely on price. 👿

  5. swanspirit says:

    Jon Stuart last night , showed his frustration and disappointment with his presidents debate performance by asking him to show the same effort urgency and passion that he asks of his supporters . He wants to see this from Obama in the debates.
    How nice , these show people , for them it is all about the show . Obama is not the only one in the bubble . I guess it doesn’t bother Jon that Obama has not bothered to show up for the economy, for jobs, for the housing market and foreclosures , for the health care debacle , for foreign relations , and for Ambassador Stevens and his defenders, and for the rest of the people in this country.

    • myiq2xu says:

      I saw part of that. It started off pretty good but then he went full Obot so I changed the channel.

      • swanspirit says:

        I wanted to see his reaction, and my schadenfreude needed a boost., Stewart finished up his tirade at his guy with the beginning from the Samuel Jackson Wake The Fuck Up video . He was mad at Obama for not living up to the mythology Stewart helped create. awwwwwww

  6. carol haka says:

    I love all the confessions on morning joe: donny deutsch “I’ve been told for 4 years obama only surrounds himself wiyh people he likes and doesn’t even engage them in conversation about their opinion as he doesn’t listen to anyone elses opinion or care.” Thanks donny for stating the obvious. 👿

  7. myiq2xu says:

  8. total BS—-the numbers don’t square. But these numbers are irrelevant because it’s how the voters feel, and I’m guessing that even here in Columbus, OH where the unemployment rate is below the national average, people are still feeling intensely insecure

  9. and again, that Columbus dispatch poll showing Romney behind by 9 last week ridiculously oversampled Democrats——

  10. Lulu says:

    For the first time in his life Obama did not get an affirmative action preference.

  11. myiq2xu says:

  12. yttik says:

    “But why, you might ask, didn’t Mitt roll these answers out earlier?”

    I really think he has been giving these answers all along, it’s just that the media hasn’t covered it. They’ve been presenting a cartoon character of Romney instead. The Romney at the debate is the same Romney many people know from his book and his speeches.

  13. driguana says:

    What this country needs is a good game show host! That’s probably gonna be Obama’s next move and why he appears on so many tv shows.”Y’all want a good game show host to be your leader! Well, I proved I could do that! Mr. Romeny hasn’t…..and besides, he ain’t got the personality to be a game show host!” That takes care of the “likeability” (what a stupid word) issue.

  14. swanspirit says:

    10,000 of those jobs are government jobs , and who knows who else is being paid to hire, fudging numbers etc etc

    • DeniseVB says:

      Gov jobs and probably seasonal pickups since Christmas trees have been in stores for over a month now. The gov hires a lot of temps too, how convenient 😉

      Like everyone else, I’m skeptical at the timing of dropping below 8 for the first time since Jan09.

  15. wmcb says:

    Too funny. Obots think The Precious should be allowed a teleprompter during debates.

  16. wmcb says:

  17. swanspirit says:

    How could Mitt Romney only care about 53% , or not care about the other 47%; when he was the helped enact the health care law in Massachusetts ?

  18. swanspirit says:

    ooops was the one who*

  19. votermom says:

    This should be fun. Ann Romney will guest host Good Morning America opposite George Snufflafagus on Wed Oct 10

  20. myiq2xu says:


    Chris shouldn’t talk with his mouth full.

  21. yttik says:

    That 47% comment was actually about his election strategy, not all these other projections about how Romney allegedly doesn’t care about people. Of course you have to actually listen to the tape in context and set aside any knee jerk reactions to it in order to understand that, which the Obama campaign is incapable of.

    • britgirls says:

      Yep … they’ll seize on any remark and totally misrepresent it. That’s how “fairytale” became a racist word.

    • swanspirit says:

      You and I know that ,and anyone paying attention knows it, but the spin is ridiculous on its face ,and they are not interested in context or truth , and are now just blatantly calling Mitt a liar about everything .

    • DeniseVB says:

      That’s why Obama didn’t bring up the 47% comment during the debate, he knows it’s a spin lie. It was also a private conversation that was illegally recorded 😀

  22. DandyTiger says:

    Hahaha. On MSNBC they actually said we now have full employment, with the real percentage probably at 4.1%. I shit you not. They’ve decided everyone is retiring and kids are happy in parents basements, so we’re winning!

    Of course all you have to do is look at the jobs created numbers, around 100K. That’s less than the number of new people coming on the market looking for jobs. The percentage can go down if you can find ways of no longer counting people. So as we’ve seen for years, the jobs numbers are worse.

    Spin, spin, spin will make you dizzy, but it won’t make the world around you actually spin.

    • votermom says:

    • yttik says:

      I know! They can spin it all they want, but I think it’s just going to piss people off. If you have to get up everyday and share a bathroom with all the relatives that have moved in with you, stories about how the economy is booming are just like pouring salt in a wound.

    • swanspirit says:

      The spin creates more frustration , because if people think things are looking up for others , they feel more hopeless

    • I heard the argument I’ve been waiting for for two days on NPR today. The argument goes that Obama sucked so bad because he was distracted by…wait for it….presidentin’. It’s hard, you know.

  23. britgirls says:

    It’s good that Mitt’s doing a preemptive strike and dealing with this 47% issue (which is guaranteed to be thrown at him in the next debate). What do you think Obama’s strategy will be? I would so LOVE to be a fly on the wall during his debate prep. I think even if he puts his best effort into it (which really goes against the grain, being so L-A-Z-Y!!!), he’ll still look weak.

    • I don’t think it will be thrown at him in the next debate. That one is on foreign policy/issues. Maybe the one after that. That’s actually the brilliance of Romney’s performance. He basically built a firewall to prevent the standard Obama camp attacks because of the nature and topics of the next debate. And he forced Obama to use Biden as his firewall. In my best Sicilian-style laugh: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

      • britgirls says:

        lol … I find myself at my computer laughing loudly to myself a lot! Quite worrying. Heh! 🙂

  24. DandyTiger says:

    The media is in overdrive doing everything they can to help Obama this morning. Wonder if they know it’s Friday and no one’s watching.

  25. votermom says:

    Good point here:

  26. swanspirit says:

    Rick Santelli’s prediction that the Labor Department would, come hell or high water, manage to get the headline rate under 8% by election day has been validated.

    • It’s going to backfire, I suspect. Gallup warned of this (number-fudging) in August and then got sued by Holder. The conservative press will never let this slide, and they have that narrative strand to pick at,

  27. fif says:

    Wow…it sounds like he actually did his boring “homework.” What a concept for someone who wants to be President. That’s why he will be prepared for any interaction with O. Obama doesn’t like to work–it’s through his entire history. He will be slightly more motivated this time because his ego has been bruised, but he still has nothing to defend and will get pissy.

  28. catarina says:

    By saying he was wrong, Romney just effectively disarmed the Obama campaign.
    Now they’ve got nuthin.

  29. myiq2xu says:

    As you might have guessed I was up all night again. That means I need some sleep.

    I’m gonna try to grab a couple hours, so don’t wake me unless something important happens.

    There is an open thread ready to go if you need a fresh post.

    • myiq2xu says:

      BTW – Make sure you read the last thread too. I spent more time on it than I did on this one.

      • carol haka says:

        You need to get that under control. If u r on medicine you are either taking too much or at the wrong time of day. My sister that ultimately died from prescription overdose used to argue that she need to take her antidepressant in the morning even though she was doped all day and awake all night. And they always started her at a full dose of shit instead of slowly easing her into it which knocked her out also. Be careful. They found her dead from positional asphixiation at 46.m not enogh medicine for an overdose but enough that she could adjust hersel to continue breathing. It happens quite frequently. I hate everyone involved! 👿

        • carol haka says:

          “Could not adjust herself”

        • votermom says:

          That is so horrible. (((carol)))

          klown – that is a a point – if you don’t mind us being intrusive – what sort of meds are you on that’s causing insomnia?

          Have you tried going on healthboards? – lots of junk to sift thru but sometime nuggets of good advice from actual people who have been handling chronic issues. That’s where I found that the kind of iron I take and when I take it makes a diff to my iron levels.

      • foxyladi14 says:

        I did Thanks. 🙂

    • DandyTiger says:

      Sleep well, what could possibly go wrong while you’re away. 🙂

  30. gxm17 says:

    OT, but just got an angry email from my husband. Due to Obamacare, his health care flex spending account has been halved. Affordable care my ass!

    • votermom says:

      The amount he can put into his FSA? I didn’t realize that would be affected too… wow.

      I wonder how many employed people are getting rude shocks like that right about now.

    • Black&Right says:

      So that’s what happened? We have one as well. 😦

  31. Damn it! It’s all my fault! I took the crappy part time job that pays shit- so I could have something current on my resume. Damn damn and triple damn it!
    Heh, I am going to make sure every single person I am job coaching signs up on the state job seeking program. 1 off- 5 on.

    • yttik says:

      I’ve been unemployed three times this year and never gotten unemployment, so I won’t show up on the rolls. I’m unemployed again while the state tries to find my lost license that has disappeared in secure, confidential location somewhere. It’s extremely frustrating.

  32. votermom says:

  33. carol haka says:

    Hannity is dropping 2 more really bad videos tonight.

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